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* With her pastor husband, Marc, entangled in a church discipline situation, Gillian Thayer agrees to a much-needed sabbatical at Whistler's Point in Michigan, where amateur illusionist Haydon Owens is also visiting. When a woman is strangled, the police arrest the last person to see her alive---Marc! Can the investigator of Cincinnati's "magician murders" clear him? 352 pages, softcover from Kregel.
An amateur magician, an unassuming family . . . a fatal illusion
Haydon Owens wants to be the next Houdini. He has been practicing his craft and has already made four women disappear. All it took was a bit of rope and his two bare hands.
The Thayer family has come to the north woods of Newberry, Michigan, looking for refuge, a peaceful sanctuary from a shattered past. But they are not alone. Little do they know that they are about to become part of Haydon's next act.
Time is running out and already the killer has spotted his next victim. Who will escape alive?
""Fatal Illusions" is an engaging, fast-paced read with a captivating storyline that grabs you from page one and doesn't let go. Highly recommended "--Mark Mynheir, homicide detective and author of "The Night Watchman"
"An awesome ride "--Rosey Dow, Christy Award winning author of "Reaping the Whirlwind"
"Adam Blumer tells a fast-paced story that weaves together a serial killer, a physically wounded pastor and his spiritually wounded wife. The twists and turns will keep readers guessing."--Rick Acker, author of "Blood Brothers"
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Author: Adam Blumer
Located in: Iron Mountain, MI
Submitted: December 19, 2008
Tell us a little about yourself. I live in Michigan's U.P. with my wife and daughters. God has enabled me to work from home as a freelance editor and writer. My unique work situation gives me more opportunities to work on the next project. I studied print journalism in college and graduated with a B.A. in that field, but I wanted to write novels since I was a kid who enjoyed scribbling pirate tales.
What was your motivation behind this project? I wanted to write an enjoyable, fast-paced, and suspenseful tale about average believers caught up in extraordinary events. At the same time, I wanted to challenge readers in their faith. Hopefully, I achieved both objectives. If readers walk away only entertained, then I don't personally believe that I've done my job. Years ago, I read "This Present Darkness" by Frank Peretti and saw that Christian novels can be both entertaining and faith-challenging.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? I probe several spiritual themes in the story that will hopefully get readers thinking. Mainly I probe the themes of secrets and deception (or "illusions" as my title suggests). As believers, how do we lie to ourselves and to others? Should married couples ever keep secrets from each other? What can happen if they do? I also encourage readers to think about how they would protect their families if they faced the same type of evil my main characters must confront. I also explore the Internet and the danger of online predators.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? As a writer, this project stretched me more than anything else I've ever worked on. Many of the novel's themes are also areas I've had to work through in my own thinking. When life doesn't seem to make sense, how do I respond? Do I trust God, even when His ways are difficult to understand from a human standpoint? Do I try to keep secrets from God or from others? Do I try to hide who I really am inside? What happens if I try to live a lie?
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? My biggest writing influences are probably Frank Peretti, Terri Blackstock, Brandilyn Collins, and Mary Higgins Clark. My favorite authors list is simply too long to include here.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: Thank you for your support. I'm hard at work on the next project, and hopefully God will open publication doors. May the Lord receive all the glory!
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