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.
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What People are Saying About This
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
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.