Ghostly Summons By John A. Karr Review

Ghostly Summons is a pretty good read. It is mystery with a bit of weirdness.

The main character is an-ex reporter who sees images of murdered people. In this story he is seeing the body of a woman who was killed and he has to figure out who killed her just to get her to go away.

I really like the idea of seeing ghosts of dead people who won’t go away unless/until they get justice. It really adds to the story.  The fact that he actually believes he is crazy(sort of) makes it even better.

I do wish the author had limited himself to explaining that only once…or maybe twice. I didn’t go back and actually count how many times it was mentioned in the first few pages but I do know it was too many.

That was the only thing I didn’t like about the book.


About the Book :

Lars Kelsen doesn’t believe in psychic phenomenon. To him, visions of murder victims are a form of mental illness. Once they begin, options are limited; he can try to ignore them or deal with them by exposing a killer. Only the latter provides any semblance of peace. Temporarily, anyway. Five years into his new life as a programmer, Kelsen—ex-crime beat reporter with a penance he can never fully satisfy—sees a victim.

In person. Upright. Staring.

Typical of such past “Visits” as he calls them, he doesn’t welcome this one. The nude form of a beautiful millionairess in his cubicle means murder has come to the vacation haven known as North Carolina’s Outer Banks. It means he’ll have to go places he’d rather avoid. See things he’ll wish he hadn’t. Do things that don’t come naturally, like in-your-face confrontation and bending the law. Actually, breaking the law … but with good intent. It also means dealing with one very attractive county coroner, who pushes his buttons in a not entirely unwelcome way.

So begins Kelsen’s return to investigative reporting—complete with attempts on his life, fights, deception, and all the technological tricks, such as GPS and computer hacking, at his disposal. And maybe even finding a new love interest.

About the Author :

John A. Karr believes fiction writing each day helps keep the demons at bay. Ghostly Summons is his first full-length novel for Dark Continents Publishing. DCP has also published his Weird West novella, Ujahwek. He is the author of a handful of other novels: Death Clause, Hippocrates Shattered (scheduled for reprint by World Castle Publications as Shattered), Rhone, and Van Gogh, Encore. His short stories have appeared on webzines Allegory, The Absent Willow Review, and Danse Macabre. More works are in progress and in the marketing queue.

Karr is an ardent believer in the quote by Carl Van Doren (1885-1950), U.S. man of letters: Yes, it’s hard to write, but it’s harder not to.

Mr. Karr can be found on Twitter and Facebook and he also has a blog you can visit.

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