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Novelist T.M. Doran releases gripping, dark mystery story

9/25/2012 - 12:31 PM PST

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“Terrapin” is a poignant coming of age tale that ponders what it means to be “authentically human”

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (September 25, 2012) – Novelist T.M. Doran has been a fan of murder mysteries for over 30 years. Now, after the success of his popular first novel, "Toward the Gleam" (Ignatius Press, 2011), Doran has crafted a riveting murder mystery of his own: "Terrapin".

What exactly makes a great mystery so exhilarating? T.M. Doran explains, “I’ve read, studied, and learned from the best mystery writers, among them Arthur Conan Doyle, G.K. Chesterton, S.S. Van Dine, John Dickson Carr (the locked room master), Agatha Christie, Ellery Queen, Rex Stout, Dorothy Sayers, and P.D. James. The best of these mysteries are not only head-scratchers but also display a moral dimension, though this dimension is sometimes opaque.”

"Terrapin" certainly reveals a moral dimension, as the main character, Dennis Cole searches for answers to the startling mysteries that unfold, but also for the answers to pressing questions that have haunted him throughout his life.

The novel opens when Cole and his three best friends from childhood gather for a weekend reunion. On the first night, one of the men is murdered—or is he?

A professor of engineering by day and a writer of detective fiction by night, Cole and the other survivors try to piece together the mysterious fate of their friend. This suspenseful “mystery noir” moves back and forth between the unfolding reunion gone bad and formative childhood events that involved these friends who grew up on the same street.

Looming largest in the memory of Dennis is the striking character of his widowed father, T.A.—Marine veteran of the Korean War and blue-collar philosopher. In his interactions with T.A., Dennis tries to make sense out of life; but instead of simple answers, puzzling questions about evil, human freedom, and the possibility of transformation are all T.A. seems to provide. These questions follow Dennis through young adulthood and beyond; they finally catch up to him in the surprising and thrilling climax of this novel.

A murder mystery and a coming of age story, with many twists and turns, "Terrapin" is about man’s potential for doing either good or evil and his response to the consequences of his actions.

Doran says, “I had been laboring at "Terrapin" for several years when I read a biography of Harper Lee that related how she had woven incidents, events, and locales from her childhood years into To Kill A Mockingbird. In a matter of days, "Terrapin" took an altogether different trajectory. My hope is that readers of "Toward the Gleam", and new readers too, will enjoy reading "Terrapin". One more thing: the mysteries aren’t finished when "Terrapin" ends.”

Ann Margaret Lewis, President of the Catholic Writers Guild and author of "Murder in the Vatican: The Church Mysteries of Sherlock Holmes", says, “'Terrapin' is a heady yet gripping mystery that explores how one’s choices can lead to either growth or suffering and how there is always possibility for redemption. An excellent, spine-tingling read!”

About the Author:
T. M. Doran is a writer, educator, and consultant. An adjunct professor of civil engineering at Lawrence Technological University, he is the author of the popular novel "Toward the Gleam."

Product Facts:
Title: "TERRAPIN: A Mystery"
Author: T. M. Doran
Release Date: September 2012
Length: 392 pages
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-58617-721-8
Order: 1-800-651-1531 • www.ignatius.com

Contact

Ignatius Press
http://http://www.ignatius.com/Products/TERP-H/terrapin.aspx  CA, 94122 US
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Keywords

murder mystery, novel, T.M. Doran, Ignatius Press

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Catholic Publications

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