Cut to the Heart

Cut to the Heart

By Ava Dianne Day; Dianne Day

Bantam, Mass Market Paperbound, 9780553585599, 416pp.

Publication Date: March 2003


Inspired by the true heroism of legendary nurse Clara Barton, founder of the American Red Cross, award-winning author Ava Dianne Day weaves a suspenseful blend of fact and fiction in a gripping historical thriller set against the violent upheavals of the Civil War.

Assigned to Hilton Head Island, headquarters of the Union Army in the South, Clara Barton finds herself in a limbo that is neither battlefield nor hospital. Here, among emancipated former slaves, Barton must look after wounded Colonel John Elwell--and learn all she can about the community’s folk medicine. But while she longs to return to the front line, she soon discovers the isolated settlement has perils of its own.
As Clara’s suspicions escalate, historical events propel the “Angel of the Battlefield” toward a confrontation as old as time itself. On one side stands Clara Barton, the epitome of goodness and humanity; on the other, a sociopath possessed of a mind as brilliant as it is depraved.

About the Author
Ava Dianne Day is the author of six Fremont Jones mysteries, including "The Strange Files of Fremont Jones" and "The Bohemian Murders," She worked as a psychologist and as a hospital administrator before beginning her career as a successful mystery writer. She has two grown sons and lives on the north coast of California.

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Dianne Day spent her early years in the Mississippi Delta before moving to the San Francisco Bay Area. She now lives in Pacific Grove, California, where she
is at work on a novel of suspense based on the life of Clara Barton. Fremont Jones has appeared in five previous mysteries: The Strange Files of Fremont Jones, which won the Macavity Award for Best First Novel, Fire and Fog, The Bohemian Murders, Emperor Norton's Ghost, and most recently, Death Train to Boston.

Praise For Cut to the Heart

“Astonishing...the portrayal of Clara Barton is brilliant.”
--Mystery Scene

“Atmospheric...Day’s fans should relish it, along with readers who appreciate well-researched historical novels.”
--Publishers Weekly