Today I have an excerpt from Spencer Seidel's newest mystery, "Lovesick". Just like his debut novel, "Dead of Wynter", this book is both a murder mystery and a psychological examination of people, their fears and their motivations. It weaves two stories, that of Paul, Lee and Wendy and the events leading up to the murder, and that of Lisa, the psychologist called in to give a forensic exam of the suspect. For Lisa, the case touches on events in her past that she's trying to ignore and forget.
"Lovesick" releases in June, but you can catch sneak peeks this month on the different blogs hosting excerpts. The next one can be found at http://luxuryreading.com/
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Spencer Seidel’s love of reading and writing began as a child after he discovered Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. His first novel, Dead of Wynter, was published in 2011 and was well-received by critics and readers alike. When he’s not writing novels, Spencer enjoys playing loud rock guitar, something he’s been doing for over twenty-five years.
You can find Spencer at his website, Twitter, on facebook, and on Goodreads.
“‘He’s got a knife!’ Jimmy said after seeing the glint of a blade in the kid’s hand. Jimmy brought his gun up and squared it at the kid.”
A murder rocks Portland, Maine after police discover an incoherent teen sitting in a pool of blood late one night. Paul Ducharme is found with a murder weapon in one hand, the dead body of his best friend in the other, and no clue how he got to the Eastern Promenade Trail.
A teenage love triangle gone wrong brings Spencer Seidel back with a vengeance in LOVESICK (PublishingWorks; $14.95; June 2012), the follow up to his breakout novel Dead of Wynter. Seidel deftly illustrates the trying relationship amid a friend and love interest – each with their own desires, issues and shocking agendas.
Wendy, the girl of Paul’s dreams, has been missing for weeks. Her boyfriend Lee has been murdered–apparently by Paul. It’s an open and shut case–or so most of Portland thinks.
When forensic psychologist Dr. Lisa Boyers is asked to interview Paul, who claims to forget the events leading up to the murder, she reluctantly agrees. In her jailhouse interviews, Lisa helps Paul to recover his memories, but the murder’s circumstances force her to recall her own troubled past.
Media attention mounts. Reporters stream into Portland. All eyes turn to Lisa. She seems intent on exonerating the “brutal teen killer” but quickly finds herself the focus of an over-zealous reporter with a knack for digging up dirty secrets. But the killer who has Lisa in the crosshairs already knows them all.
By SPENCER SEIDELISBN:
Published by: PUBLISHINGWORKS, INC.
Genre: FICTION, MYSTERY
Length: 374 pages
Release Date: JUNE 2012
The night they discovered the murder, Jimmy and his partner, Bruce Hecker, were making their way up Sewage Plant Road, so named because of its proximity to a sewage plant overlooking the otherwise majestic Casco Bay. The cops had their windows cracked because the fall night air was crisp and felt good to breathe.
“Sometimes the kids come out this way to smoke pot and drink beer,” Bruce said.
“The smart ones head down a ways far enough that we can’t put our spotlight on ’em from the road to scare ’em off. But even the dumb ones know how to run, and it’s not hard to run from us here. So unless there’s something obviously going on that we need to know about, we usually just let ’em scatter.”
The cruiser rolled slowly up the dark road.