When the Dark Man Calls by Stuart M. Kaminsky

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A radio therapist is haunted by her parents’ killer
It is 1957, and Jean Kaiser is pretending to sleep. She strains her ears to hear her parents, waiting for them to go to bed so she can indulge in her great joy—listening to the far-off radio stations that play Paul Anka, Pat Boone, and Elvis. But instead of bedtime sounds, she hears her mother’s voice calling her name so strangely that Jean thinks it must be a nightmare. When she awakes in the morning, the nightmare is real—a killer has slaughtered her parents. More than two decades later, Jean has done her best to move past her childhood trauma, parlaying a degree in psychology into a position as the host of a radio call-in show. One night, an anonymous caller reaches out to her, talking menacingly about unfinished business. When Jean and her daughter, Angie, get home, they find their pet parakeet crushed to death over Jean’s bed. Her parents’ killer has reemerged ready to tie up loose ends, meaning mortal danger not just for Jean, but for Angie, too.
 

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Stuart M. Kaminsky is head of the radio/television/film department at Northwestern University in Illinois. He is also a writer of textbooks, screenplays, and mystery novels. The more popular of his two series of detective novels features Toby Peters. Set in the 1930s and 1940s, the Peters books draw on Kaminsky's knowledge of history and love of film by incorporating characters from the film industry's past in nostalgic mysteries. Murder on the Yellow Brick Road (1978), for example, features Judy Garland while Catch a Falling Clown (1982) stars Emmett Kelley as Peters's client and Alfred Hitchcock as a murder suspect. His other critically acclaimed series chronicles the cases of Inspector Porfiry Rostnikov. Kaminsky's detailed studies of Russian police procedure combined with aspects of life in Russia have earned the Series an Edgar nomination for Black Knight in Red Square (1984) and the 1989 Edgar Award for A Cold Red Sunrise (1988). Stuart Kaminsky was born in Chicago in 1934 and died in 2009.
 
Published January 29, 2013 by MysteriousPress.com/Open Road. 243 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Horror. Fiction

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Back in 1957, Jean Kaiser's parents were murdered while she cowered nearby; she didn't see the killer, but psycho Ben Parmenter—found all bloody, with the murder weapon—was arrested, convicted, and put away.

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