FROM BLOOD: A Novel of Suspense by Edward Wright

By SMW Staff

FROM BLOOD A Novel of Suspense by Edward WrightIt’s about the right time to spend some quality time with an Edward Wright book. If you’re a fan of Dennis Lehane, Michael Connelly or Dan Fesperman, FROM BLOOD: A NOVEL OF SUSPENSE (Vantage Point; paperback; $14.95), will turn any summer night into one of chills and thrills.

FROM BLOOD, named one of the best mystery novels of the year by The Financial Times. Wright, winner of the Shamus Award and two prestigious crime fiction awards, introduces readers to Shannon Fairchild, a brilliant but troubled woman who has abandoned her Ph.D. studies to settle into an unambitious life cleaning the homes of the wealthy in a California seaside community. When her academic parents are brutally murdered, Shannon discovers that they were part of the radical anti-war movement of the 60s and begins to suspect that their killer’s motive may lie in their past…

She soon finds that they were friends of Diana Burke and John Paul West, two of America’s most wanted fugitives, anti-war militants who went underground after a fatal bombing in 1968 and never resurfaced. Propelled by her mother’s dying words – “Find them and warn them” – Shannon sets out on a mission to locate the couple and tell them that someone is after them – someone much more dangerous than the FBI. Her search, which begins in California and ranges through much of western America, takes her into unexplored territory as she discovers an unexpected personal connection to Burke and West. As she unearths long-buried secrets while trying to stay one step ahead of a shadowy killer, she feels the passions of the tumultuous Sixties being reborn, and she now knows that nothing is more dangerous than someone willing to die for a cause…

Wright has brilliantly penned a thriller that satisfies the deeper thinker with its political and historical overtones. He explores the radicalism of the 60’s and sets the reader up to question the power and commitment one has to a belief system.

About the author

Edward Wright grew up in Arkansas and went to school in Tennessee and Illinois. He has been an officer in the U.S. Navy and an editor at the Chicago Tribune and Los Angeles Times. His noir-flavored mysteries featuring John Ray Horn, set in Los Angeles during the 1940s, have won the Shamus Award in the U.S. and the Debut Dagger and Ellis Peters Historical Crime Award in the U.K. His first non-series book, “Damnation Falls,” a contemporary mystery-thriller set in small town Tennessee, won the Barry Award and was a Los Angeles Times bestseller. He and his wife, Cathy, live in the Los Angeles area. For more information, please visit

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