Summer of Storms

Summer of Storms

by Judith Kelman

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ISBN-13: 9780515132908
Publisher: Jove
Publication date: 06/28/2002
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 4.22(w) x 6.80(h) x 1.13(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

With more than three million copies of her books in print, Judith Kelman is a master of psychological suspense. She lives in New York City.


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Summer of Storms, Featuring the Bogeyman by Judith Kelman

When I was a little girl, the bogeyman knew his rightful place. I could count on the scary monster to lurk under the bed or skulk in the closet. My imaginary terrorist only abandoned his post under extreme necessity, when my parents poked around, trying to convince me that he didn’t exist.

Sadly, my parents were wrong. The bogeyman does exist. In fact, there is a staggering army of bogeymen in our midst. They come in all shapes and sizes and are often indistinguishable from the rest of us. Typically, we don’t find them out until they’re accused of the evil acts that earn them lurid headlines in the news.

When I read about such infamous cases, I can’t help but consider the wide-ranging effects. The central victim is only part of the story. The fallout from a violent crime spreads outward, decimating the victim’s family and friends, shaking the community, and unsettling society at large. Years ago, when stories about abduction by strangers filled the media, I kept a tight grip on my young son’s hand whenever we went out. Who knew where the bogeyman might be lurking? There was no way to tell who his intended victim might be.

Summer of Storms tells the story of Anna Jameson, a talented young photographer who knows the bogeyman’s handiwork only too well. Thirty years ago, when Anna was just a toddler, her five-year-old sister was brutally murdered. The crime, a case that riveted the nation and spurred a mammoth investigation, was never solved.

Still, Anna ardently believes that the murderer will be brought to justice someday. Until that happens, her family remains trapped in a terrible limbo. No one has been punished for the crime. Anyone could be responsible, perhaps even someone she knows. Even now, the killer could be lying in wait, watching them.

This story idea came to me years ago, but I kicked it to the back of my mind. In those days, solving a 30-year-old “cold” murder case was the stuff of wishful thinking or science fiction.

Fortunately, law enforcement and forensic science have caught up. Murder rates have plummeted, affording the police the time and budget to investigate long-unsolved crimes. Most major police departments now have cold case squads, dedicated exclusively to clearing old homicides. Advances in DNA analysis and the establishment of national ballistics and fingerprint data banks have made it far easier to track down and prosecute elusive criminals.

Justice can be served, even if the service involves long, frustrating delays.

Then, as most small children know, dealing with the bogeyman takes extraordinary patience. You need to keep watching and waiting until he trips up and reveals himself. You need to keep believing that he will.

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Devotees of Mary Higgins Clark and Stephen White's recent bestseller COLD CASE will want to stay up all night to finish Judith Kelman's gripping read SUMMER OF STORMS. This book will appeal to myriad audiences -- the followers of the Lindbergh kidnapping, the torn readers of the Jon Benet case, the cognoscenti who know how the famous Vidocq Society operates, and fans of Lisa Gardner, Kay Hooper and other writers of heroine-centered suspense. From the initial setup, where the reader is thrown into a raging hurricane and the grisly murder of a little child, to the shocking, surprising denouement, the story packs a wallop and provides the reader with a disturbing but entertaining page-turner. With this her twelfth novel Kelman hits a new high.
Guest More than 1 year ago
SUMMER OF STORMS is a vividly imagined, suspenseful story peopled with quirky, interesting characters. This is a book that only Judith Kelman could write!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A JonBenét Ramsey-like case forms the backdrop for this intense novel about Anna Jameson's search to make sense of and identify the murderer of her sister, Julie, 30 years ago. This fast-paced book has Kelman's typically extraordinarily interesting main characters including Anna's family, her blustering editor Stuart Burlingame and her colleague, Dixon Drake. Even more fascinating are a host of supporting characters such as her landlord and a particularly loathsome customer at her photography studio. Perhaps the most unusual and engaging is the Arcanum, an elite group of criminal science and behavior experts dedicated to solving cold murder cases. I absolutely recommend Summer of Storms for all fans of fast-moving well-crafted suspense.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Judith Kelman's 'Summer of Storms' provides the reader with an extraordinary insight into the minds of its characters. As the Jameson family deals with the 30-year old legacy of their young daughter Julie's unsolved murder, the reader cannot help but share the frustration of their lingering pain and their growing terror as the murderer reenters their lives. Kelman's unique ability to engage her readers in the experiences of her characters has been pervasive through each of her (now) twelve novels. 'Summer of Storms' is certainly no exception ... a wonderfully gripping tale.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Judith Kelman's 'Summer of Storms' is a terrific story that I simply couldn't put down. I truly felt the pain that the Jameson family experiences as they deal with the 30-year old scars still fresh from the unsolved murder of their young daughter. In the wake of the Jonbenet Ramsey case, this novel will certainly affect any reader in a very personal way. Kelman's ability to make the reader care deeply about her characters has marked her entire career. It shines through brightly in 'Summer of Storms.'
harstan More than 1 year ago
Thirty years ago, Hurricane Queenie battered New York City. The storm made so much noise that no one in the next room heard the struggles of five-year old Julie Jamieson when she was murdered. The police investigated everyone connected to Julie, but failed to find the guilty party. To escape the media and the ghosts, the family fled to Charleston, South Carolina where they still grieve their loss.

The dreams of Anna, Julie¿s younger sister, come true when her uncle finds her a job as a photographer for a major publisher. The only catch is the job is in the Big Apple. Over the objections of her mother, Anna accepts it. As Ana moves into an apartment in Brooklyn, the Arcaneum, a semi-secret organization consisting of law enforcement officials, decide to relook Julie¿s murder. These two events trigger the return of a killer who has definitive plans for Anna.

Judith Kelman, known for her superior psychological suspense tales, creates a gothic style story line that sends shivers up and down the spine of the reader. The villain is hidden in plain sight with nobody suspecting the identity of the killer until it is almost too late. SUMMER OF STORMS is also a psychological drama about a family unable to attain closure over the abrupt violent death of a loved one. This absorbing novel will keep the audience¿s attention even if a thunderstorm booms overhead.

Harriet Klausner