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Writers Inspiring Change feature book review: The Ghost: A Jeanne de Leon Novel

Updated: Mar 24

The Ghost, by H. Berkeley Rourke, is a police investigatory crime-novel. A serial rapist is on the loose on the campus of Scalian University. His taste for sexual assaults culminates in murder, and when the first body of a young university student shows up, the dominos start to fall. Corrupt campus police and University officials desperately try to outrun the train of bad publicity using cover-up and lies, but one investigator with local city police sees through their smokescreen and gets on the hunt. The trail doesn't stop there, as a string of more brutal assaults and deaths follow. The rapist, emboldened by his attacks and his ability to remain undetected, announces himself to a local journalist as The Ghost, and through this contact, he taunts and teases the police. Much of the dialogue and events are about the trail of Sherlocking that gets done. There are no fast "CSI" discoveries, just good- old-fashioned police work. As to the outcome and whether The Ghost remains a ghost, you'll just have to read the book to find out.

Review by International Writers Inspiring Change

About Berkeley Rourke

Berk Rourke was born in Douglas, Arizona on August 28, 1938. His careers were in teaching 8th and 9th grade students initially and then as an attorney for a total of some 40 years. He began writing as a cathartic exercise and enjoyed it so much that he continued with multiple efforts now being published for the first time. His life has known very few limits and his writing in at least two genres now has not known limits yet.

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