To Probe A Beating Heart

To Probe A Beating Heart

by John B. Wren


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In the autumn of 1991, a young girl disappears from a Cleveland Heights, Ohio neighborhood. She was last seen talking to a man as the clouds opened and a rain began. Th e only witness is an elderly woman whose description of the possible kidnapper could fi t any number of people. As police, friends and family search the immediate area for Annette, she is taken farther away and becomes one of the predator's early victims.

Over the course of the next several years, along the interstate 90 corridor between Toledo, Ohio, and Albany, New York, a number of young girls disappear without a trace. Jim McLarry, Annette's cousin and a rookie cop with the Cleveland Heights police force, pursues his own investigation of the missing girls in hopes of finding his cousin. As he feeds information to the detectives assigned to the case, McLarry demonstrates his ability as an investigator.

Years earlier, a boy, born and raised in difficult circumstances, determined that he will kill his adoptive mother and sister. Each summer a new victim is another rehearsal for his intended goal. As he plans and executes his annual killings, he leaves virtually no clues. Only little mistakes, the dogged determination of the Cleveland Heights cop and the intervention of Annette's extended family, the Clan, lead to Averell's downfall.

To Probe a Beating Heart is a fi ctional, but realistic study in the creation of a killer. Th e monster that Averell has become must be stopped and if the authorities cannot make that happen, the Clan will.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780988937109
Publisher: John B. Wren
Publication date: 03/01/2013
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.68(d)

About the Author

John B. Wren was born in Pittsburgh, PA; raised in Buffalo, NY; Educated in Cleveland, OH; Currently resides and works in Fairfax, VA. He has spent over 40 years in the design engineering and construction business working on Industrial, Commercial, Health Care, Government and Mission Critical Projects.

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To Probe a Beating Heart: The Fall of a Serial Killer 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
anniemichelle More than 1 year ago
To Probe A Beating Heart...3 stars a gruesome, sad and disturbing book This is the story of something going terribly wrong in a little boys world, that little boy who grew up to become a monster is Averell. This book is more a look at how a serial killer comes to life, from birth till capture, each crime becoming worse, starting with animals and progressing to children, more police procedural as opposed to a thrill ride, cops chasing bad guys, nail biting type of book. There is also a vigilante aspect going on that I enjoyed as it was an Irish and so am I, the “clan” who were taking up the slack of the police who very often could not or would not do their job. If you are looking for a good read from beginning to the ending of a life gone wrong, this is the book for you. The author asked me for a fair and honest review of his book and I would like to thank him for the opportunity to do so…:)