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Summer of Storms    by Judith Kelman order for
Summer of Storms
by Judith Kelman
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Jove, 2002 (2001)
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* * *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Judith Kelman has over two million copies of her books in print! After reading Summer of Storms, I can understand why. It's a compelling, suspenseful, fast-paced, page-turner. I was captivated me from the very beginning by the story premise, and by its wonderful characters (I wanted to strangle Janice Callendar). The suspense was tightly written, and the author's humor was evident in every page.

Anna Jameson's sister was murdered when Anna was three-years-old. That vicious act changed the course of her life, as well as that of her parents. Leaving Charleston, where her diminished family fled after the murder, Anna returns to New York to start life over with a career in photojournalism. Unfortunately, she does not leave her past behind with her parents. It follows and threatens to engulf her once again in the horror of her sister's tragedy.

Anna finds that things are not as she thought them to be, and she struggles with her resolve to make her mark in a tough field. A group of dedicated people devote their energies to solving 'cold cases', in order to bring justice to the accused and closure to the victims. Their methods of investigation are fascinating. Kelman is a highly skilled writer who brings a good story and fine players to life. Her depiction of the publishing world is a revelation, even though the characters are fictitious.

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