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by Carla Damron
2005 Original Title from Bella Rosa Books

Carla Damron, a licensed clinical social worker, taps into her keen insight into human behavior in the Caleb Knowles series. Keeping Silent, the first Caleb Knowles mystery, received impressive reviews from print and on-line media. Spider Blue is the second in the series featuring social worker Caleb Knowles and his brother Sam, a deaf artist. Like Keeping Silent, Spider Blue is set in the midlands of Damron's native South Carolina.

A Caleb Knowles Mystery

Social Worker Caleb Knowles' quiet southern life is disrupted by two horrendous crimes: Frances Callahan, a young nurse and mother of two, is found stabbed to death in front of her suburban home. Across town, a worker in a mill draws a gun and opens fire on his fellow employees. Caleb has a personal and professional connection to the murders: a good friend, Maggie Wells, lives across from the murdered woman and now fears for her own safety. And, after a bizarre suicide attempt, the gun-wielding mill worker becomes Caleb's client.
With the help of his brother Sam, a deaf artist, Caleb uncovers the strange link between the two crimes in the form of another client: a disturbed teen age boy, the millworker's son. But Caleb's investigation into these events draws him into a dark, confusing world of drive-by shootings, gangs, and street drugs. And Caleb's efforts to protect his friend might just prove deadly--for Sam and for Caleb.

"A personable character... readers will follow him breathlessly to the novel's well-reasoned conclusion."
—THE STATE, Columbia SC

"…Carla Damron is an author who writes with wisdom, heart and deft hand at building suspense but mostly she writes about characters any one of us could become."

"Ms. Damron's adaptation of the deaf is poignant and exact and the deaf communications are consistent throughout. Keeping Silent is one of the better examples of true deaf characterization."

"Spider Blue is an intricate mystery and an emotional read. Emma will steal your heart."
—Brenda Weeaks, review

Author Appearances:


June 8, 2007
Spoleto Festival
Charleston, SC

May 26, 2007, 3pm-5:30pm
Waldenbooks - Charleston Place
Charleston, SC.

April 17, 2007
Sumter, SC

February 24-25, 2007
South Carolina Book Festival
Columbia, SC.
more info at the festival website



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photo by Jim Hussey

About the Author:
Carla Damron, a clinical social worker, lives in a rural suburb near Columbia, South Carolina, with her husband and their blended family of animals. She specializes in mental health, particularly adults with serious mental illnesses. She has written and published short stories and one professional article, but her true love is the mystery genre. Spider Blue is the second Caleb Knowles mystery.

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Author: Carla Damron
Publisher: Bella Rosa Books
5.5" x 8.5" Hardcover w/dustjacket, 304pages
ISBN 0-9747685-6-1
LCCN 2004195072

Retail: $25.95US

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