The Dark Before Dawn

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Troubled detective Gabriel McRay is fired for police brutality. His issues stem from the blocked memory of a childhood trauma. When a killer begins leaving notes on victim's bodies addressed to the detective, Gabriel is hired back to lure in the killer. With his career dependent on the whims of a psychopath, Gabriel soon realizes that the killer's identity hides within his own blocked memory. Teamed with his forensic pathologist girlfriend and a psychiatrist, Gabriel runs two parallel investigations. The first: a...
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Overview

Troubled detective Gabriel McRay is fired for police brutality. His issues stem from the blocked memory of a childhood trauma. When a killer begins leaving notes on victim's bodies addressed to the detective, Gabriel is hired back to lure in the killer. With his career dependent on the whims of a psychopath, Gabriel soon realizes that the killer's identity hides within his own blocked memory. Teamed with his forensic pathologist girlfriend and a psychiatrist, Gabriel runs two parallel investigations. The first: a dark journey into the terrifying recollections of his past and the second: the hunt for a serial killer who seems to know more about Gabriel... than he knows himself. Named to Kirkus Reviews Best of 2011/Indie
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Kirkus Reviews
Detective Gabriel McCray, the prime suspect in the Malibu Canyon serial killings, grapples with the ghosts of his tormented past in Stevens' (Follow Your Dreams, 2009, etc.) dark murder mystery. Set in the Santa Monica Mountains, the novel begins with the termination of Det. Gabriel McCray, who is serving a suspension for police brutality. Meanwhile, the Malibu Canyon murderer lures unsuspecting victims into the mountains, carving them up with an old Army knife before engulfing them in flames. When the serial murderer leaves a peculiar message lodged in a gaping hole in a victim's chest, three things become apparent—the perpetrator knows Gabriel, he or she is intent on revisiting his past and the Los Angeles Police Department cannot solve the case without reinstating him. With Gabriel back on the case, Stevens sets the stage for graphic sensory details and a fast-paced, tantalizing mystery that utilizes her passion and research in forensics and psychology. From fingers still displaying wedding bands to severed ears, the serial killer collects one gruesome souvenir after another in an attempt to achieve the seven chakras of power. As the plot unfolds, dialogue between Gabriel and his psychologist Dr. B produces revelations about "Gabe's" childhood, and his suppressed memories are extracted through hypnosis. Stevens seamlessly integrates flashbacks of Gabriel's life in San Francisco as a neglected child and his traumatic experiences with Andrew Pierce. Readers will relate to the San Francisco and Los Angeles settings, and Stevens' allusions to "Cask of Amontillado" and Frankenstein craft a story immersed in theater, disguise and secrecy. In the midst of the upheaval caused by the unsolved murders, the author provides Gabriel with a fascinating love interest, Ming—the chief medical examiner assigned to examine the victims' bodies. Gabriel's bouts of violent behavior and incessant blackouts at inopportune times leave him as the prime suspect and thrust him into a world of self doubt, old wounds and suppressed memories in which key clues are concealed. Memorable characters, macabre scenes and a dazzling portrayal of reality will leave readers anxious for book two in the Gabriel McCray series.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781456450113
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/24/2011
  • Pages: 378
  • Sales rank: 1,045,055
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Meet the Author

Laurie Stevens is a novelist, screenwriter, and playwright. Her writing has appeared in numerous publications and she co-wrote and produced the play with music, "Follow Your Dreams." Her short story, "Kill Joy," is in the anthology, "Last Exit to Murder and her debut novel The Dark Before Dawn, is the first in a psychological suspense series. The novel earned the Kirkus Star and was named to Kirkus Reviews "Best of 2011". A Goodreads Book of the Month, the novel also received top honors at the 2012 Hollywood Book festival. Deep into Dusk is the second in the series and was named "Notable Page-Turner" by Shelf Unbound, won The 2013 Southern California Book Festival, and was honored at the 2014 London Book Festival. When she is not writing, Laurie is running her publishing company. To learn more about the author, visit her website at http://www.lauriestevensbooks.com.
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  • Posted November 7, 2013

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    5 1/2 stars Did I enjoy this book: I loved it. I couldn¿t put i

    5 1/2 stars

    Did I enjoy this book: I loved it. I couldn’t put it down!

    The Dark Before Dawn is a complex, engaging murder mystery. It is written in a classic 3rd person style throughout. I like that Laurie Stevens avoids some of the trends of many contemporary authors where each chapter speaks from a different character’s point of view (think – Jodi Picoult style).

    I also like that she didn’t follow the trend of murder mysteries being so over the top sexually perverse and gruesome that it gives you nightmares. In my humble opinion an example would be Stieg Larson with his popular The Girl with the Golden Tatoo like books.

    Laurie Stevens sticks to the basics allowing her story to engage the reader with suspense and plot twists that keep you guessing until the last page.

    The main character, Gabriel, is an LA cop on the edge. His psychiatrist suspects PTSD stemming from some repressed memory. Gabriel’s psychological mysteries are juxtaposed against the murder mystery he’s investigating. The two become intertwined leaving us with chapter after chapter of “whodunit” moments.

    Overall, the suspense is as high as the California mountains. The plot twists and winds like the streets of San Francisco. And finally, the climax is hits you like a splash of ice cold northern Pacific water. (If you’re wondering, “What was she drinking when she wrote this?” Read the book, it’ll all make sense.)

    Would I recommend it: Absolutely. It’s a great book.

    Will I read it again: I will not. Once you know the ending of a murder mystery, it kind of ruins the prospect of a second reading.

    As reviewed by Belinda at Every Free Chance Book Reviews.

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  • Posted August 29, 2011

    Highly Recommended - you must check it out

    This book grabs you quickly and is almost impossible to put down. I took it camping with me and finished in 2 days. I had to make an effort to put it down and make dinner for my hungry crew. A must read! Can't wait until the next one. I am hooked

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  • Posted August 15, 2011

    The Dark Before Dawn - A Must Read!

    If you like a great murder mystery, then this book is a perfect read. The author combines all of the elements to create a story that is suspenseful and chilling. The main character, Gabriel, has to overcome many demons - not only the sick and twisted criminals that is his duty to catch but fight his own demons that surface from his past. I cannot wait to read the second book to see what the future has in store for Gabriel.

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