The Passerby

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Penn County, Indiana: 1986
Eleven-year-old Trudie Brice is strangled to death in her home two weeks before Christmas. The crime goes unsolved.

Twenty years later, writer Ray Krouse is looking for material for his next book and is mysteriously drawn to the little girl's gravesite. When Ray approaches the girl's mother to ask if she would like to know who killed her daughter, she tells him, "They know" - a term ...

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Overview

Penn County, Indiana: 1986
Eleven-year-old Trudie Brice is strangled to death in her home two weeks before Christmas. The crime goes unsolved.

Twenty years later, writer Ray Krouse is looking for material for his next book and is mysteriously drawn to the little girl's gravesite. When Ray approaches the girl's mother to ask if she would like to know who killed her daughter, she tells him, "They know" - a term professional investigators say people use when they know who the "they" is.

Haunted by Trudie's spirit and believing that she deserves no less, Ray and his friend and publicist, Kick Jetton, set out on a long and trying two-year investigation to find her killer.

In a community where folks leave their doors unlocked, share their supper, keep an eye out for each other, Ray discovers the townsfolk have different theories about who committed the crime, and mixed feelings about discussing it. Some are reluctant to cooperate, though a handful eventually join Ray to put the pieces of the crime puzzle together.

Refusing to look at Ray's new and damning evidence, the Penn County Sheriff's Department continues to point an accusing finger at an Englishman who Ray discovers was out of the country at the time of the murder. The Department quickly informs retired officers not to talk to the writer. With that, the cold case murder of Trudie Brice is left back in the writer's hands.

Sorting through interviews, public information files, and newspaper stories filled with details of the day of the crime, and listening to rumors upon rumors, Ray eventually narrows his list to several suspects and finally to one key suspect - a man who still lives amongst them, a manwhose family has been in the community for at least three generations. It wasn't chance or serendipity that led Ray to him. It was divine intervention.

Determined to push forward in the investigation on his own, Ray contacts the man he believes to be the girl's killer. Can Ray convince the killer to step forward and confess?

Inspired by true events, The Passerby has all the twists and turns of a cold case murder investigation, but with an entirely unique and powerful ending.

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Editorial Reviews

Gary C. King
"Based on a true crime case, Thomas Ray Crowel has meticulously researched the real crime and has taken fiction to a new level in this cleverly-created yarn."
Glen Puit
"Thomas Ray Crowel has put together an amazing piece of work here. His insight and research make for a truly compelling read."
Jeremiah Healy
"... Filled with credible characters and nicely paced twists, "The Passerby" is a reassuring example for those who believe justice, even if long-delayed, really should be done."
Katherine Ramsland
"Every small town has a mystery -- often an unsolved murder. Crowel ably reveals the painstaking process of sifting truth from layers of lies in a town where a cold case cover-up outweighs justice. A revelatory novel about human nature, good and bad, and the kind of dogged persistence often needed for victims who can't speak for themselves."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780966991765
  • Publisher: Success Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/2008
  • Pages: 355
  • Sales rank: 1,066,699
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

A lifelong Hoosier, Thomas Ray Crowel is the author of two commercial books: Simple Selling: Common Sense That Guarantees Your Success and Dirty Little Tricks: How Salespeople Are Robbing You Blind. His first novel, Scattered Harvest, debuted to rave reviews on Amazon, after which Thomas authored an award-winning screenplay adaptation. A graduate of Purdue University, Thomas holds a master's degree from Valparaiso University. He is also a Life Member of the American Association of Professional Hypnotherapists and a Life Fellow of the American Psychotherapy Association. For more information, visit the Thomas Ray Crowel website at: www.simpleselling.net

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