By Roy Johansen
(Bantam, Mass Market Paperback, 9780553582284, 400pp.)
Publication Date: January 2, 2002
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How do you catch a killer no one believes in?
They call Joe Bailey the Spirit Basher. Formerly a professional magician, he’s become an ace police detective in Atlanta, debunking phony psychics and spiritualists who prey on the gullible. And he’s just caught his first sensational murder case.
The victim is the head of a university parapsychology program, impaled in his own home by a massive sculpture no one could possibly have lifted. The prime suspect: an eight-year-old boy with violent telekinetic activity that erupts in his dreams.
Could the boy possibly be the murderer? Joe doesn’t think so. And he’s determined to prove it.
But first he must separate reality from illusion. To catch this killer, he can’t even trust his own senses. Because the truth is far more terrifying than anyone imagines. And if he doesn’t get someone to believe it soon, Joe and his child will be next....
Roy Johansen's first screenplay, Murder 101, written while he was in college, was produced for cable TV and won an Edgar Award as well as a Focus Award, which is sponsored by Steven Spielberg, Francis Ford Coppola, George Lucas, and Martin Scorsese. He has written for Disney, MGM, United Artists, Universal, and Warner Bros. He lives in southern California with his wife, Lisa.
Raves for Roy Johansen’s The Answer Man:
“[Johansen] ... keeps the pages turning.”
— Los Angeles Times
“[Ken Parker is an] offbeat and immensely likable hero. Fascinating...The characters...are too well drawn to behave predictably.”
— The New York Times Book Review