Raven Talks Back

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Raven Morressey is living the good life. Nice home, husband, three healthy children, and it's finally summertime, when life is again lovely in Valdez, Alaska. All this explodes one morning when builders, digging up her back yard, uncover a recently murdered headless, handless female body covered with scarification-hundreds of colored designs cut into the skin to resemble tattoos. As if this isn't enough, where the corpse's head should have been is a large rock with a face ...
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Raven Morressey is living the good life. Nice home, husband, three healthy children, and it's finally summertime, when life is again lovely in Valdez, Alaska. All this explodes one morning when builders, digging up her back yard, uncover a recently murdered headless, handless female body covered with scarification-hundreds of colored designs cut into the skin to resemble tattoos. As if this isn't enough, where the corpse's head should have been is a large rock with a face painted on that resembles an Alaska Native mask.
Raven's eight year old son, Timmy, is the first one to see the body and is suddenly unable to walk or respond in any way. On that same day, Raven hears the voice of her long dead Athabascan father coming from Timmy, who is unaware of the ancient hunting chants he sings in his sleep and the words he suddenly speaks in Raven's native tongue-a language he does not know.
Jack O'Banion, Valdez's Chief of Police for the past few years, faced with his first murder case in Valdez, begins his official investigation. Everywhere he goes he finds nothing but deception. The town seems to have closed into itself and nobody will tell him anything that might help him solve this case. Then one murder quickly morphs into two, and then three, and the Alaska State Troopers are hot on his back to find the killer now.
Between Raven's voices and the visions she develops, and Jack, whose career as well as his contented life in Valdez are on the line, they both feel they have to find the killer and restore some sanity to the town-not to mention their own lives, which are quickly unraveling out of control.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780982144398
  • Publisher: Krill Press
  • Publication date: 5/15/2011
  • Pages: 306
  • Product dimensions: 0.69 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Beth Anderson is a multi-published, award winning author in several genres including romance and mainstream crime fiction. A full time author, she lives in a Chicago, Illinois suburb. She has appeared on Chicago's WGN Morning Show, The ABC Evening News, as well as numerous other radio and cable television shows. She has guest lectured at Purdue University and many libraries and writers' conferences. She loves music, particularly jazz. Her website and blog are at http://www.bethanderson-hotclue.com .
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2012

    Quite good.

    I enjoyed learning about Raven's culture and the mystery plot was quite good.

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  • Posted February 18, 2012

    Had to keep reading...

    Couldn't put this tale down until the end. Reminded me of another author, Dana Stabenow who's books too are set in Alaska. I will look for other works by Beth Anderson.

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  • Posted June 12, 2011

    Top Notch Mystery!

    RAVEN TALKS BACK BY BETH ANDERSON - Paperback/Kindle


    Aside from being a tightly woven, exciting mystery, Raven Talks Back is also a thoughtful, ethereal novel that speaks of the past of this small Alaskan town in beautiful rich imagery. Anderson is an excellent writer and handles her material with impressive skill.

    Like all small towns, Valdez is a place of rumors and secrets. Deeply hidden secrets.

    Chief of Police Jack O'Banion must uncover them. Three people are murdered in the small Alaskan town, one after the other, all decapitated. Who would commit such brutal crimes? And why? These are the questions O'Banion needs answers to. But residents are mainly silent on the matter, many fearing for their own lives.

    The first headless body is discovered in Raven's backyard by her eight year old son, the shock rendering Timmy unable to speak or walk. Raven's reasonably pleasant world where - 'Flowers bloom in the summertime, otters play down by the city dock, silver fish jump out of the water, owls and eagles glide high over the countryside and up into the mountains' - is suddenly thrown into a nightmare that refuses to end.

    Raven's husband, Red, has little patience with the boy and Raven has to fight him for the sake of her child's sanity. And maybe his life. Who is this man she married? How quickly he can change from loving and gentle husband to cruel and uncaring monster. Could he capable of these gruesome murders?

    A spiritual thread is woven throughout the story as well as Raven begins to see strange visions and hears the wise and warning voice of her Athabascan father, long dead, as a final danger creeps ever nearer.

    For Police Chief Jack O'Banion, the suspects list grows long, and he knows the killer is not finished yet. The pressure is on him to find whoever is terrorizing the people in his town, and now!

    Then Raven suddenly knows who it is. And the killer knows she knows. You turn the pages faster and faster as you near the thrilling climax of 'Raven Talks Back'. I'm a pretty astute reader and I guessed who the killer was three quarters of the way through the novel and I was wrong. Wow!

    I'm looking forward to Beth Anderson's next Raven Morrisey and highly recommend Raven Talks Back.

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  • Posted June 12, 2011

    Top Notch Mystery!

    RAVEN TALKS BACK BY BETH ANDERSON - Paperback/Kindle


    Aside from being a tightly woven, exciting mystery, Raven Talks Back is also a thoughtful, ethereal novel that speaks of the past of this small Alaskan town in beautiful rich imagery. Anderson is an excellent writer and handles her material with impressive skill.

    Like all small towns, Valdez is a place of rumors and secrets. Deeply hidden secrets.

    Chief of Police Jack O'Banion must uncover them. Three people are murdered in the small Alaskan town, one after the other, all decapitated. Who would commit such brutal crimes? And why? These are the questions O'Banion needs answers to. But residents are mainly silent on the matter, many fearing for their own lives.

    The first headless body is discovered in Raven's backyard by her eight year old son, the shock rendering Timmy unable to speak or walk. Raven's reasonably pleasant world where - 'Flowers bloom in the summertime, otters play down by the city dock, silver fish jump out of the water, owls and eagles glide high over the countryside and up into the mountains' - is suddenly thrown into a nightmare that refuses to end.

    Raven's husband, Red, has little patience with the boy and Raven has to fight him for the sake of her child's sanity. And maybe his life. Who is this man she married? How quickly he can change from loving and gentle husband to cruel and uncaring monster. Could he capable of these gruesome murders?

    A spiritual thread is woven throughout the story as well as Raven begins to see strange visions and hears the wise and warning voice of her Athabascan father, long dead, as a final danger creeps ever nearer.

    For Police Chief Jack O'Banion, the suspects list grows long, and he knows the killer is not finished yet. The pressure is on him to find whoever is terrorizing the people in his town, and now!

    Then Raven suddenly knows who it is. And the killer knows she knows. You turn the pages faster and faster as you near the thrilling climax of 'Raven Talks Back'. I'm a pretty astute reader and I guessed who the killer was three quarters of the way through the novel and I was wrong. Wow!

    I'm looking forward to Beth Anderson's next Raven Morrisey and highly recommend Raven Talks Back.

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  • Posted May 6, 2011

    Fantastic, must read thriller, Beth Anderson's best yet.,

    Raven Talks Back (A Raven Morressey Mystery)
    Can't wait for the next in the series of Raven Morressey's mysteries. Three murders in one little Alaskan village, a family torn apart as bodies are discovered, an 8-year-old fun-loving boy unable to speak from the shock of seeing the first body, a cop mystified by dead bodies turning up and town's people so defensive in helping find the killer, keeps this book quite exciting. There are many twists and turns as you wonder who is really guilty. In the mist of it all, there are mischievous teenagers adding to the problems. I've read several of this author's books but this one outdoes them all and I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a good mystery.

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    Posted February 10, 2012

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