A BEN CAREY MYSTERY
April 2008 | Fiction-Mystery
Trade Paper | 288 pages | $12.95
eBook (ISBN: 978-0-9789270-6-6) | $4.99
No one noticed anything suspicious about the death of a wounded soldier at the height of the Civil War—not, that is, until almost a hundred years later.
In 1957, a young Washington, D.C. police sergeant, Ben Carey, heads up a team of officers in a dilapidated house three blocks from the Capitol. Though Carey’s career is on the rise, his marriage is circling the drain, and as he spends more time at the office, he discovers there is something not quite right about this decaying old home. It harbors some dark secrets—connecting him to the long-dead soldier and others in ways he can’t understand. With his personal life in shambles, and forces from within the house vying for his attention, Carey casts reason aside and begins an investigation to uncover the truth about what happened in this haunted place. As he peels back the layers of history, he finds courage and love, but also deception, greed, jealousy, and murder.
Twisting through time—between an America torn by Civil War and the prosperous 1950s—Murder Bay is a mystery that spans eras and the gulf dividing what can and cannot be explained.
PRAISE for MURDER BAY
“The impressive first in a historical series, which effortlessly alternates between Washington, D.C., in 1862 and the same city 95 years later...this debut shows definite promise.” —Publishers Weekly
“Very nicely done...Recommended.” —Library Journal
“An involving, period-perfect story. The action is fast-paced and convincing...the characters are expertly drawn.” —ForeWord
“[A] pleasant surprise. MURDER BAY introduces Ben Carey, a Korean War veteran freshly promoted to police sergeant, quietly lamenting the impending end of his marriage and befuddled about the ghosts who seem to be haunting the run-down building housing his new office. Are they a figment of Carey’s normally rational imagination, or an echo of the previous century and a long-buried mystery with roots in the Civil War and doomed love?... Horwitz distracts from the obvious by setting the plot up nicely with dual narratives, palpable emotions and believable investigative habits. It’s a true shame that this series has a definite, if involuntary, end.” —Baltimore Sun
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
David R. Horwitz was born in Washington, D.C., the son of a D.C. police officer and a piano teacher. Raised in suburban Maryland, David read voraciously, wrote short stories, and biked into the city whenever he could. He studied journalism and Russian in college, wrote for the school paper, and earned a degree in information systems. In 2000, he and his wife moved to rural Minnesota, where he programmed computers by day and wrote on nights and weekends. David’s dream of writing full-time ended when he died in 2004. He left behind his wife of ten years, parents, siblings, and the manuscripts that would become the Ben Carey mystery series. Murder Bay was his first book.