A woman is missing, paths are misleading. Can Psychic Detective Jackie Vaughn see through the veil of lies to find her?
Kidnapped and sold into the Chinese slave trade the survival of Annette Freder, the wife of University Chancellor, Charles Freder, depends on struggling psychic detective, Jackie Vaughn.
Crippled by grief over the unexpected death of her wife, Jackie deals with her anguish through pills and booze. While these coping mechanisms numb her pain, the growing addiction hampers her abilities, and places her health and livelihood in jeopardy. The missing person’s case of Annette Freder shifts Jackie’s focus, challenging her psychic abilities.
While on the job in China, Jackie finds herself with limited access to medication, resulting in bouts of withdrawal and depression. But that is just one of the many hurdles hindering Jackie in her quest to find Annette and return her to safety. Will corrupt police, maxed out credit cards, an ousted Greek intelligence officer assassin, and a revelation from an unexpected source prove too much for her?
Entangled deceit and unravelling lies Blind Redemption captures the essence of the human spirit and the power of redemption.
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An hour later, Jackie sat in her office and watched the thin blond woman pace the floor in front of her desk.
“My husband is cheating.”
“Mrs. Kelly, I’ve had your husband under surveillance for six weeks. He doesn’t have a girlfriend. This is good news.”
The woman turned on her, frowning. “Well, your investigation is wrong. What kind of accreditation is CDI?”
“I completed the Certified Detective Institute requirements fourteen years ago. I’m certified in Indiana and all other states to work with individuals and law enforcement on investigative procedures.”“
A certificate on the wall doesn’t mean anything.”
Jackie stifled a sigh. “Mrs. Kelly, we discussed all the possible outcomes when I took your case. I’m sorry you’re not pleased with the results, but I assure you—”
“You’ll get your damn flat fee, whether you deserve it or not. I should have known better.”
Mrs. Kelly spun on her heel and left the office, slamming the door behind her.
“Boss, you okay?”
“I’m fine,” Jackie assured her assistant. She choked down a persistent emptiness that kept her up at night and overwhelmed thoughts throughout the day. For relief she pulled out a prescription bottle from the desk, and when the lid relented, she popped a Xanax without benefit of water. “When will the life insurance rep reschedule?” she asked.
“I hadn’t gotten the chance to tell you. The rep left a message on the machine this morning. He said background checks are on hold because of company cutbacks. Sorry, boss.”
“Sorry doesn’t pay the bills,” Jackie said, rubbing her eyes. “Now I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to get bitchy.”
“You’ve still got the teaching job, right?”
“Yeah. Thanks to the dream analysis class, I won’t go hungry, and we can keep this place going, so long as you can hang in there.”
“I’m good for a while, thanks to my police pension. Can you do some psychic readings to help with the cash flow?”
“I’ve never done readings, and I never will.”
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About the authors
DENISE DEARTH is a novelist and songwriter. Blind Redemption is the first novel in the compelling Jackie Vaughn detective series. She is a member of Broadcast Music Incorporated, a music performing right organization, and the National Writers Union, UAW Local 1981. When’s she’s not writing she may be seen riding a two-toned, sky blue and white Victory Vegas Steel horse into the Midwestern sunset.
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AMY GILLEN is a co-creator of the Jackie Vaughn detective series. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Indiana University. She is a poet, photographer, and entrepreneur with a passion for kayaking and travel.
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