THE DARKEST TIME OF NIGHT: When the seven-year-old grandson of a US senator vanishes in the woods behind his home, the only witness is his older brother, who whispers, “The lights took him,” and then never speaks again. As the FBI and National Guard launch a massive search, the boys’ grandmother Lynn Roseworth fears only she knows the truth. But coming forward would ruin her family and her husband’s political career. In the late 1960s, before she became the quiet wife of a politician, Lynn was a secretary in the astronomy department at the University of Illinois. It was there where she began taking mysterious messages for one of the professors, messages from people desperate to find their missing loved ones who vanished into beams of light. This atmospheric suspense novel by Jeremy Finley is produced on audio by Blackstone HERE. Narrated by Suzanne Toren, who elevates the book with a moody and believable performance of all the well drawn characters (like an audio movie), the novel is part X Files, part UFO Hunters, but mostly an offbeat mystery similar in tone to Radiomen by Eleanor Lerman.
A DARK NIGHT IN AURORA. James Holmes, who would be known as “The Batman Killer,” is unique among mass shooters in his willingness to be taken into custody alive. In the court case that followed, only Dr. William H. Reid, a distinguished forensic psychiatrist, would be allowed to record interviews with the defendant. Reid would read Holmes’ diary, investigate his phone calls and text messages, interview his family and acquaintances, speak to his victims, and review tens of thousands of pages of evidence and court testimony in an attempt to understand how a happy, seemingly normal child could become a killer. A Dark Night in Aurora uses the twenty-three hours of unredacted interview transcripts never seen by the public and Reid’s research to bring the reader inside the mind of a mass murderer. The result is chilling, gripping study of abnormal psychology and how a lovely boy named Jimmy became a mass murderer. A new Showtime series by Sacha Baron Cohen on guns is Who is America? A satirical look at school shooters by people who never heard of Col. Dave Grossman. Thoughts?