Eight of Swords
By David Skibbins
(Minotaur Books, Mass Market Paperback, 9780312352257, 288pp.)
Publication Date: April 4, 2006
Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover
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Tarot reader Warren Ritter has never believed in the cards’ power to foretell the future. But recently his predictions have come true with an unsettling regularity. When the first eight cards of teenage Heather Wellington’s Tarot are ominous, Warren stops the reading at nine cards instead of ten. After Heather leaves, he looks at number ten–the Death card…
Warren knows the Death card isn’t a guarantee of doom, but it doesn’t mean there are good things ahead either. So he can’t help feeling horror later that day when he sees Heather’s face on the TV screen with the word “Kidnapped!” slashed across the top…
Now Warren finds himself pulled into the mystery of Heather’s kidnapping—and then a bizarre murder heightens his fear for her life. Suddenly the cops, a beautiful lady, and a killer are all complicating Warren’s life. But the tarot cards have a final message for Warren: Only he can untangle the mystery of a young woman’s disappearance before it’s too late...
DAVID SKIBBINS, Ph.D., won the St. Martin's Press 2004 Best Traditional Mystery Contest with his first fiction book, Eight of Swords. His previous self-help guide, Working Clean and Sober was published by Hazelden Press in 2000. He is a certified life coach. David lives on the Pacific Coast at The Sea Ranch, California with his brilliant wife and his goofy Portuguese Water Dog. He is hard at work on the next book in the Warren Ritter series.
"Scintillating surroundings, a complex protagonist, and unusual supporting characters makes this debut mystery a strong choice for most collections."--Library Journal
"David Skibbins give us a delightful and unusual debut...a unique mystery with some real thrills."--MLB News
"Readers who pride themselves on their left-leaning sentiments or those who take an interest in the Tarot will cotton to Warren Ritter."--Publishers Weekly
"Warren, who seems both superhuman and all too human is a keeper."--Kirkus Reviews
"This is a smart mystery with danger you feel in your stomach...and it offers one of those all-too rare satisfying endings."--BookSense Notable Book
"A good example of how elastic the subgenre often mislabeled as 'cozy' can be…the author exactly nails the Berkeley scene, which hasn't changed much since Warren's days as a student radical in the late '60s."--Denver Post
"Plenty of atmosphere and I cared what happened to the characters."
--Anne Perry, author of the Superintendent Pitt and Inspector Monk mystery series