Silenced Cry

Silenced Cry

by Marta Stephens


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Human bones discovered during the demolition of an abandoned building leads city Detective Sam Harper and his partner, Dave Mann, to investigate a 16-year old crime that preceded their careers at the Chandler Police Department.
When it's established that the bones belong to an infant, Harper pushes to recreate the circumstances that led to the baby's murder. The suspects called in for questioning panic and their actions spark a chain of events that throws the investigation in a wild and unexpected direction.
While in pursuit of the killer, Harper unearths a cover-up involving top ranking city officials. He agonizes with the thought of ruining his late partner's reputation by adding him to the list of suspects.
When Harper realizes the police chief and his own police-hero father may also have been involved, the tables turn and the predictable consequences hit close to home.
Harper finds himself in a place where dangerous truths loom and boundaries between pursuer and prey blur. Determined, he knows he must hunt down the killer. Or die trying.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781548334444
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 09/04/2017
Pages: 402
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.82(d)

About the Author

Marta Stephens's love of mysteries began at an early age through children's mystery series. Noir films and movies of the mystery/suspense genre, especially anything Bogart, have also influenced her writing.
Stephens's third novel, SHROUD OF LIES (2017), introduces private investigator, Rhonie Lude, who knows the pecking order and that to survive, she has to be tougher than a man and twice as smart. "I'm a woman doing a man's job and that's threat enough."
Stephens's debut novel, SILENCED CRY, the first book in her Sam Harper Crime Mystery series, (2007) received honorable mention at the 2008 New York Book Fair. Book two in the series, THE DEVIL CAN WAIT, (2008), received the Bronze Medal in the 2009 Independent Publisher Book Award (IPPY).
Stephens, a native of Buenos Aires, Argentina, lived in Los Angeles in the late 1970's but has called Indiana home since the age of four.

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Silenced Cry 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
auntmarge64 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A terrific mystery with smart dialogue, multi-layered characters, and a plot which keeps the reader guessing till the end. Definitely will look forward to more in this series.
scribe77 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Silenced Cry by Marta Stephens is a solid and engaging bit of fiction, and the author is certainly a convincing new voice in crime fiction. Her book carries on the fine tradition of the police crime novel, and I enjoyed it very much. Ms. Stephens leads the reader deftly through a sordid, tangled mess of an investigation as a long-forgotten child murder case is unexpectedly exposed. Detective Sam Harper is plunged into the messy circumstances, sorting through the investigation¿s flimsy evidence while dealing with a new partner. Swirling around the edges are the long reaching ramifications of his old partner¿s death and his own thorny attitude on recent events in his life. There are no surprises twists or unexpected shocks in the pages of Silenced Cry; it is a fairly straightforward crime novel, with a genuine plot and just the right amount of gripping tension. However, the story-telling is elevated above the average by superb characterization and a believable narrative atmosphere. It is part police procedural, part noir, touched around the periphery with the realistic ugliness of crime, and the complexity of human interaction. Silenced Cry is the first entry in a series; I¿m truly looking forward to the next book. I absolutely want to spend more time immersed in the world of Sam Harper.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sam Harper has lost his partner, Gillies, an experienced narcotics detective in a shootout with a criminal. And as a result, Sam is experiencing job changes within the police department. He is sent to homicide, given a new partner, and set to work on cold cases, one of which isn't in the files. When a baby's bones are found in the wall of a building undergoing demolition, Sam and his new partner get the job of trying to piece together why the baby was in the wall. The work is a wearisome checking of old records until the clues begin to melt into a picture of what happened. Talented author Marta Stephens opens a door into the darker side of society and human nature that will make the reader consider how much life is wasted here, how much hope is lost. You'll wonder that anyone survives in this world. Sit in with interviews of witnesses and learn the story of the lost baby. You'll want to cry. A tale that could be taken from the news, this is a book you will remember and look for other tales by this creative author. A realistic cast of characters lead us step by step into the past, into the darkness of the human soul. The twisting trail has a surprise at the end for the reader. Enjoy. I did.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Marta Stephens amazed me with Silenced Cry, her first novel. I felt knotted and twisted like a pretzel as I tried to unravel her tightly woven plot. Tremendous action throughout. I fell in love with Sam Harper and look forward to many more thrilling crime investigations with him driving home the final justice. Stephens may be the new kid on the block, but she's a force to be reckoned with!
Guest More than 1 year ago
In her debut novel, Stephens has penned a story tight as piano wire. Her characters, featuring Detective Sam Harper, are both palpable and veiled, a regular who¿s who of likely suspects, revealed in earthy dialog reminiscent of the best of crime fiction. Silenced Cry held my interest from the first gun shot, past the first, second and third plot twist into the clubhouse turn and on, to an ending I hadn¿t anticipated. Pay attention to this writer. She¿s a natural in this genre.