Devil's Madonna, The: A Novel

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Pregnant with her first child and a recent convert to Judaism, artist Kali Miller at last understands the joy of being part of a loving family. But Kali must put her cosseted life on hold to care for her ninety-three-year-old non-Jewish grandmother who has inexplicably lit dozens of sacred Yahrzeit Memorial candles throughout her decaying Miami Beach home, almost burning it down. Kali probes her enigmatic grandmother Lillian for an explanation and information about her roots, but Lillian becomes increasingly ...
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Pregnant with her first child and a recent convert to Judaism, artist Kali Miller at last understands the joy of being part of a loving family. But Kali must put her cosseted life on hold to care for her ninety-three-year-old non-Jewish grandmother who has inexplicably lit dozens of sacred Yahrzeit Memorial candles throughout her decaying Miami Beach home, almost burning it down. Kali probes her enigmatic grandmother Lillian for an explanation and information about her roots, but Lillian becomes increasingly paranoid. She believes that someone from her past has found her and a painting she has hidden for over seventy years. A painting Lillian associates with her inadvertent role in one of the most horrendous episodes in history. Plagued with nightmares, guilt, and terrifying memories of her life in 1930s Berlin, Lillian reveals cryptic details to Kali. But only when Kali discovers her grandmother’s secrets in the old house’s hidden rooms does the full truth finally emerge. A truth that, if exposed, will have devastating consequences for Kali, her unborn child, and perhaps even the world.
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In this chilling if bizarre and implausible thriller, Potts (Someone’s Watching) juxtaposes the current-day life of artist Kali Miller, a young woman expecting her first child, with the fragmented memories of Kali’s 93-year-old grandmother, Lillian Campbell. Flashbacks trace Lillian’s troubled journey from girlhood in pre-WWII Austria and the tumult of 1930s Berlin to retirement in Miami, Fla., haunted by fears of the past catching up with her. In the present, Kali, already preoccupied by relationship difficulties with her husband, realizes that she has a stalker. This mysterious figure’s obsession with her is equaled only by his determination to find a small painting hidden somewhere in Lillian’s decaying old house. Kali enlists her grandmother’s faltering recollections in an attempt to unravel the mystery, even as it becomes clear that the solution may reveal more than either woman wants to know. (Sept.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781469231334
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Publication date: 9/3/2013
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Sharon Potts is the award-winning, critically acclaimed author of three thriller novels. A native of New York, Sharon graduated from New York University’s Stern School of Business. Before migrating to Miami, she worked in public accounting. In Miami, Sharon served as a managing director of an international staffing company and president of an executive search/accounting recruitment firm.

Sharon is vice-president of the Florida chapter of Mystery Writers of America and a member of International Thriller Writers. Her career as a mystery/thriller writer began with In Their Blood, winner of the Benjamin Franklin Award and recipient of a starred review in Publishers Weekly, followed by Someone’s Watching and now, The Devil’s Madonna. Sharon lives in Miami Beach with her husband, Joe, and Australian shepherd, Gidget.

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