On the first Tuesday of every month, The Bookstore Plus hosts a unique Book Club experience where readers have the opportunity to discuss the book club pick with the author! On Tuesday, May 4th, 2021 at 7:00 pm we will talk with J.E. Mullane, via Zoom, to discuss Beneath the Surface. Email email@example.com for the event link.
June, 1968. The country is disintegrating into a chaos of racial strife, urban uprising, assassination and violent protest against the Vietnam War. When the mutilated body of a young Puerto Rican woman is discovered by a small boy on the shore of a white, conservative, working-class New Jersey town, Police Captain Timothy Clarke and twenty-five-year-old Officer Kevin MacDougall race to identify the murderer in a town with no shortage of suspects. Among them: the less-than-truthful boyfriend of the deceased, a crusading young priest with contempt for authority, the frustrated father of the boy who discovered the body, a bigoted widow yearning for the past, a battle-fatigued Vietnam veteran, or his sister and provider who holds a secret of her own. A second body is discovered, that of a butchered white woman, and the citizenry is primed for chaos. Why, they demand, do the police seem so preoccupied with solving the death of a minority rather than protecting the town’s white majority? Officer MacDougall is forced to reevaluate what has always been the norm as he investigates the words and motivations of people he has looked up to his entire life. Could a disappearance thirty-five years in the past connect the murders? Is a fragile young alcoholic woman seemingly bent on self-destruction the key to uncovering the identity of the maniac? The clock is ticking on Clarke and MacDougall. They need answers. Now. Before a third body emerges.