Living in Darkness - Book Review
Award winning author John Roynesdal, is a retired English
teacher who has written for more than 15 years and
produced 3 books for his Phillip Michael Carnegie Mystery
series. Throughout the series, John focuses on issues that
prevail on mankind: greed, prejudice, poverty, dysfunctional
families and the conflict between traditional and modern
societies. Living in Darkness, a 265-page mystery novel, is
the third book in this series.
Here, we have a serial killer at large. Detective Carnegie
and his coworkers Paul and Nick are out to solve the case.
Clues point to many possibilities and keep the team
working hard. Is it the work of a homophobe? Or a case of
mad revenge? Or pointless youth rage? Juliana, their
insightful and caring friend has often aided in cases in the
past - and this one is no different. Inspired by the work of
another man, Juliana is attempting to open a safe house for
runaway gay children but she is obstructed by zealous
The boss, "Fats", wants to see the serial killer case closed
and it seems that it should be - but Detective Carnegie
feels something is not quite right. He continues the
investigation without consent and stumbles on some clues
that change everything.
This book promotes freedom and a willingness to live and
let live regarding sexuality. Good points were made about
prohibition making various sexual urges into something
secretive and devious. I felt that John did a wonderful job
depicting the stresses of the homosexual. Readers are
shown the stigma that is placed on them as soon as they
are known as "gay". The reaction of employers and family
was interesting and the prejudice homosexuals endure was
enlightening. The story line definitely brings awareness to
the hateful and disgusting crime of gay-bashing.
Author: John A. Roynesdal
Publisher: Lulu Press
~ Lillian Brummet - Book Reviewer - Co-author of the book
Trash Talk, a guide for anyone concerned about his or her
impact on the environment - Author of Towards
Understanding, a collection of poetry.
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