Visions of Murder by P. G. Long
Do psychic powers really exist?
Martin Lane asks himself the same questions as he is forced to employ the services of a psychic to help solve the disappearances of three young women. Despite his skepticism, he is surprised by the leads the psychic, Damien Rossiter, is able to give him and his assistant, Detective Pedro Gonzalez, who have had no luck in cracking the cases.
Shortly after soliciting Rossiter's help, the bodies of two of the young women are discovered.
Martin's suspicions are turned in many directions, directions he cannot and does not want to believe. All indications are that the killer could even come from within the ranks of his own department!
Contrary to what seems to be the inevitable, he manages to unearth the true identity of the killer through old-fashioned police work and a little tom-foolery, surprising everyone around him, not least of all the killer.
Visions of Murder is a mystery that delves into the recesses of psychic abilities. Damien Rossiter, the psychic employed by the Harris City Police Department has a proven record of being able to assist the authorities, he was successful in New Mexico.
Now, in southern Texas, he helps Chief of Detectives Martin Lane and the ever-present, chain-smoking Detective Sergeant Pedro Gonzalez home in on the killer.
Martin Lane has been "forced" into employing the psychics services by his boss and adversary, Tom Wilkins, a man who has been after Lane's job for some time.
As the investigation into the disappearances and murders continue, young girls continue to disappear at an alarming rate.
Forensics from the first two crime scenes pick up some vital information. A DNA match is made, and the answer is one that Martin cannot and does not believe.
Unfortunately, further clues turn up that continue to point to the same person, yet despite evidence to the contrary, Martin believes that there is something a little suspicious about it all. It all seems just a little too convenient to him.
Almost resigning himself to the fact that he has a killer in his own department, he suddenly figures out that the identity of the true killer can be proven, with a little bit of luck.
Martin's supportive wife Amy, who continuously is pressuring him to take early retirement and work in her flower business, is exasperated by her husbands preoccupation with the case.
Finally, Martin manages to extract the evidence he needs to crack the case and, with a lot of help from his friends at the crime lab, is able to positively identify the killer, surprising everyone.
P.G. Long was born and raised in Norfolk, England. After completing his education in England, he worked in a diverse range of jobs including working for the British Government where he signed the Official Secrets Act.
He immigrated to the United States in 1983 where he pursued a career in the Oil Business, his job taking him all over the world. He took up writing several years ago but only managed to finish this, his first novel in 2005. He has subsequently written five other novels that he hopes will soon be published.
He loves Golf, playing guitar and relaxing.
He lives outside Houston with his wife Debbie.After toying with the idea of writing a novel, he finally decided to put pen to paper, or finger to keyboard in 2004, finishing this, his first novel in April of that year. The book has subsequently gone through about seven re-writes to end up in the form it is today.
Since beginning to write, he has written a further five novels, four mysteries and a thriller which he intends to publish in the near future.