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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
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.
character... readers will follow him breathlessly to the novel's well-reasoned
THE STATE, Columbia SC
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."
Pamela James, THE WRITERS ROOM MAGAZINE
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."
DEAF CHARACTERS, BEHIND THE FICTION
is an intricate mystery and an emotional read. Emma will steal your heart."
Brenda Weeaks, Myshelf.com review
26, 2007, 3pm-5:30pm
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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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