Memory of a Murder

Memory of a Murder

by Earl Staggs


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A killer is leaving a trail of terror and death from Baltimore to Ocean City, and only Adam Kingston can stop him. "Slide over sweetcakes, we're going to have us a real good time." After a near-fatal accident, Adam Kingston, a former FBI profiler, develops psychic powers that allow him to "see" things most people can't. Now, twelve years later, this special sight opens the doorway to a mystery man who comes to Adam for help. "I think I killed someone." Chip Weathers, a homeless man suffering from amnesia, believes he may be behind the murder of a woman found buried in the basement of the house his family once owned. A fateful Newsweek article leads Chip to Adam in the hopes he can reach through the fog of memory to determine the truth. But soon after Chip enlists Adam's help, someone takes a shot at them. It seems as though someone has a lot to lose by Chip regaining his memory of the violent events of the past. Only Adam can "see" what really happened, but will his visions lead him to the killer or will his gift lead him to his death?

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ISBN-13: 9780870336041
Publisher: Cornell Maritime Press, Inc.
Publication date: 07/28/2009
Pages: 265
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

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Memory of a Murder 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
MWDanielson More than 1 year ago
I have thoroughly enjoyed reading Earl's short stories so I knew his first novel would be a good one. Memory of a Murder hooked me from the start and it was frustrating putting it down to go to work. His good characters were auspiciously believable, his bad characters horribly sinister -- the perfect mix for mystery. Anyone loving suspense will enjoy this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mr. Staggs has written an excellent story, but the reason I couldn't put the book down was the characterization. Brenda McCort is a female detective that I wanted to know. She empathizes with victims and sticks her tongue out at a fellow detective when he gives her a hard time. Adam Kingston is a hero, who understands what it means to lose someone he loves. The book is paranormal mystery, but has elements of romance. It deserves a wide audience.
harstan More than 1 year ago
His long time friend Ellie ¿the worrier¿ Russell wakes up former FBI Agent Adam Kingston because she has not heard from her college age son Phil in two days. Using his psychic skills, Adam tells her that his godson is fine partying in Daytona he will tell Phil Sr. the rest of the story about his son scoring. However, he also found hanging out with Junior and his pals a disheveled longhaired bearded man much older than the college students.------ Not long afterward, the odd looking man arrives at Adam's home asking for help. Chip Weathers suffers from amnesia but fears he may have killed someone in Baltimore sixteen years ago the same time and place he suffered the memory laps that his doctor claims was caused by a shocking incident he needed to forget.----- Baltimore Detective Brenda McCort investigates the female found in a basement dead for sixteen years. She also has a present day homicide involving a murdered man ¿buried¿ in trash bags inside the trunk of a car. Her investigations lead her to Adam in nearby Ocean City where they team up to solve homicides that surprisingly tie together though years apart and hope to prevent more murders from occurring.------ This fast-paced who-done-it deftly switches viewpoints from Adam, Brenda, and the killer so that the reader gains a full picture interestingly all three have suffered from ordeals in their past that still weighs heavily on their souls they just cope differently as their motives are clear whether they try to solve homicide cases or kill. Fans of strong paranormal police procedural investigations will take immense pleasure from this strong character driven thriller.----- Harriet Klausner
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is very suspensful and has a great plot. The characters come alive as you read. Definitely a must have!
JacquelineSeewald More than 1 year ago
Adam Kingston, a former FBI profiler who developed psychic powers after a near fatal accident, often helps the police solve crimes. When a homeless amnesiac, Chip Weathers, comes to Adam for help, fearing he might have murdered a woman in the past, Adam begins an investigation. But someone is soon trying to kill them. Adam joins forces with police detectives to solve past murders and possible future ones. The novel is extremely well-written, the pacing fast. It’s a mystery thriller you won’t want to put down until you’ve read the last period. I hope Earl Staggs writes many more novels.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Widowed Adam Kingston is a man with many memories unfortunately, some of them aren¿t his own. A tragic accident left him with psychic abilities. Retired from the FBI, he quickly found out that murder has no jurisdiction. He finds himself embroiled in cases, both as a consultant for the FBI and in his personal life, and often wonders why in the world he ever agreed to the interview in Newsweek?. Enter Charles `Chip¿ Weathers, a man with no memory of the past. He has a strange request for Adam -- to find out if he is a young woman¿s killer. Adam sets out to help Chip find out about his past. But someone else seems to be interested in keeping Chip¿s memory a blank, permanently. After Chip is shot, Adam is more determined than ever to find out what his dark visions mean. Brenda McCort is a Homicide Detective with the Baltimore City Police Department. She¿s got a knack for solving John and Jane Doe cases and knows that cases are solved by good solid police work, not psychic mumbo-jumbo. So, when a call to her boss reveals that some psychic might have information on not only one, but two of the cases she¿s working on, she takes off for Ocean City with a not-so-open mind. Then Brenda McCort meets Adam Kingston and bullets and sparks fly. Brenda is determined to arrest Chip for murder and Adam is determined to keep Chip free long enough to recover his memories. Although Brenda would like to dismiss Adam¿s talents, she finds herself relying more and more on his visions as they try to stop the killer. . . before he strikes again. Earl Stagg¿s Memory of A Murder is a well-plotted puzzle. Its twists and turns are filled with non-stop action and compelling characters all the way to the surprise denouement. Adam Kingston is a likeable guy with a wall of memories that he can¿t bring himself to dismantle and Brenda McCort is a tough city cop who has seen it all, and then some. Together they make a memorable team ¿ could there be more than just a working relationship in their future? So, grab a cup of coffee and a chocolate doughnut, sit back, and enjoy. Hopefully, your memory of a murder is as good as mine!