by M C Beamon


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Eyewitness is an enthralling mystery centered around a man who is shot to death by a shadowy figure rising from the smoldering bushes lining the walkway to Beulah Baptist Church in a quiet, Southern town. When police get information linking the fire at the church to other recent arsons, they begin searching for the serial arsonist and murderer. After receiving two contradictory descriptions of the shooter from eyewitnesses; one witness describing a white perpetrator and one a black, the town and the investigation are divided along the color line.

About the Author

(Nika) C. Beamon is a 30 year-old, African-American, residing in Scarsdale, New York. Currently, she is the Newsroom Manager/Producer at WABC-TV Eyewitness News in New York. She serves as the Coordinating Producer for Like It Is with Gil Noble, the longest running African American public affairs program in the country. In June 2000, she published her first novel, Dark Recesses, the poignant tale of David Jackson, a promising, young attorney who travels to rural Virginia for a family reunion and is entangled in a web of betrayal that had been hidden in his family tree. Dark Recesses was listed in Inside Magazine (12/00) as a best-selling print on demand title. She is also a regular book review columnist on theblackmarket.com; newbookreviews.com; etc.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780972293259
Publisher: Aventine Press
Publication date: 11/28/2002
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.51(d)

What People are Saying About This

Andree Michelle

In "Eyewitness," M.C. Beamon tells a chilling tale of what happens in a small southern town when a crime is committed, and racial pride and prejudice overshadow the conflicting reports of two eyewitnesses. In this well plotted story, an innocent man is harassed and beaten based on one witness's theory of what she thought she saw. Prejudice against the accused move the police and government authorities to overlook the precise and very contrary description given by a second eyewitness. Ms. Beamon's story probes many thought provoking questions into how far a police investigation should go, and on what information an arrest should be based. Eyewitness is a story that will leave you wondering just how many have been unjustly accused and convicted based on an eyewitness.
— Author of Caught in a Trap

Stan West

As a talk show host for WNUA FM Chicago, I receive a dozen titles a week. That said, I can easily say that Nika Beamon's is the best novel I've read in a long time. Here's why: Using the historical backdrop of church burnings in the Deep South, Beamon digs deep into the detective genre and reveals hidden truths about people and places. Her careful characterizations coupled with her crisp prose weave a tight literary tapestry that showcases true talent. I highly recommend Eyewitness.

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