The Search by Robert Mayer

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Against the stark, sere landscape of New Mexico, acclaimed novelist Robert Mayer here creates a tantalizing thriller of suspense and surprise. Rivaling the best of John Le Carre and Graham Greene, THE SEARCH weaves an intricate web of twists and turns in a strangely chilling story of science, fate, and illusion—and one man's relentless pursuit of the inevitable but elusive truth.

James Axel Rood, sometime photojournalist/sometime government snoop, is pondering the demise of his current romance when he learns that a message has come over the CB that sounds eerily like a young boy lost in the barren wilderness outside Santa Fe. When police can't locate the boy, a federal "official" calls with a directive to check out this "Little Billy," and Rood, goes to work only to be side tracked by the murder of an elderly Hispanic priest.

The twisting trail Rood follows leads to a waitress living under an assumed name, to her look-alike cousin, finally to a darkness at the heart of the nation's defense system in the nuclear age. Or does it? 'In a labyrinth of false leads and sudden dead ends, Rood searches for the answer to the deadly riddle to Little Billy... and—like so many in the sterile world in which he moves—for a way to endure the shadow side of his own soul.

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Mary K. Johnson was born in Oxford, Mississippi, but during first grade, after her parents moved the family to Memphis, Tennessee where she grew up. She is the youngest of eight siblings and describes a great life growing up as a tomboy, playing baseball and climbing to the tops of trees to look down on everyone. After school in the evenings, she would do homework while watching TV. Though shy as Mary was for many years, one year in Junior High, she did find the nerve to perform in a Spelling Bee, but didn't win, but enjoyed just the thought of having been there. To this day, Mary still loves to play with words. Another year in Junior High she had written a poem, let one of her teachers read it. The teacher never gave it back to her. She placed Mary's poem on the wall at the door, so whenever you left class there it was, right there for everyone to read. Five months after graduating from High School, Mary became a soldier in the US Army, training to become a Teletypewriter repairer. Mary has been married for four years and has one daughter, and is doing the kind of work that best suits her. Her primary career is home healthcare and she takes great pride in caring for and nurturing those who need it most. It's a part of her nature to help and to do for others.
Published February 20, 2011 by Speaking Volumes. 277 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Herbert Feeney is a nuclear research scientist with two obsessive desiresto compensate the world for his father's contribution to the discovery of nuclear arms, and to wreak vengeance on a colleague w

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