Knowing screenwriter Ryne Douglas Pearson brings to life a novel of vengeance, revelation, and redemption.
Three shots. Two killers. One secret that must be kept.
Five years after his sister, Katie, was murdered, Chicago Police Chaplain Father Michael Jerome has moved on with his life. But he has never forgotten that terrible time. Has never stopped wondering who killed her.
When a dying criminal's confession points Michael toward answers to these questions, he embarks on a journey of discovery that takes him from the halls of Congress to death row at an Indiana prison, and ultimately leads him to Christine Wheeler. A friend from his sister's past, she expresses doubts about the circumstances of Katie's murder. Doubts that force Michael down a path where revelations shatter a lifetime of illusions held about those closest to him, and uncover a web of deceit crafted to keep a dark truth from ever being known.
But every secret he uncovers, every lie he unravels, leads him to realize that someone is desperate for the past to stay buried.
Praise for Ryne Douglas Pearson's novels...
"...a plot that is all too believable" New York Times for 'Capitol Punishment'
"...chillingly prescient...down-to-the-wire suspense" Publishers Weekly for 'Capitol Punishment'
"Action-packed and fast-paced... Keeps the reader flipping pages frantically" Library Journal for 'Simple Simon'
"Excellent entertainment from first page to last" Booklist for 'Simple Simon'
"Aerodynamic prose and superb pacing... A one-sitting book that will make the hours fly by" Publishers Weekly for 'Simple Simon'
About the Author
Ryne Douglas Pearson is an accomplished novelist and screenwriter. He is the author of several novels, including Cloudburst, October's Ghost, Capitol Punishment, Simple Simon, Top Ten, The Donzerly Light, All For One, and Confessions. He is also the author of the short story collection, Dark and Darker. His novel Simple Simon was made into the film Mercury Rising. As a screenwriter he has worked on numerous movies. The film Knowing, based on his original script, was released in 2009 and opened #1 at the box office. Receiving Four Stars from Roger Ebert, who branded it 'among the best science-fiction films I've seen', it went on to earn more than $180 million worldwide. He has also done uncredited work on films such as the remakes of The Day The Earth Stood Still and The Eye. Despite the often 'dark' nature of his novels and films, Pearson has been noted to have a 'sweet, disarming quality' by Entertainment Weekly-an accusation he has been unable to shake. When not writing he is usually thinking about writing, or touting the wonders of bacon in online conversations. He is addicted to diet soda and the sound of his children laughing. A west coast native, he lives in California with his wife, children, a Doberman Shepherd and a Beagle Vizsla.