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Whatever Became of Sin

Whatever Became of Sin

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Racial hatred and sexual obsession lead to a heinous baby switching scheme, murder and political conspiracies. Now, one baby is dead and one alive. Can her father find her before it’s too late?

It can take months and even years for a story to germinate, to make any sense whatsoever, and give an author direction on how to build it:  from foundation up? Or walls first and floor next? Or just pieces of note paper thrown into a file that we know must be valuable for something.  Then one day, Voila.  A story takes shape.  It grabs hold.  It compels and, no matter what, we must write it.

“Whatever Became of Sin?” is a book that came from out of nowhere, from a reference in a magazine article about “the passenger in 7f.” What if, I mused, the passenger in 7f switched his seat with another passenger who was the target of a murder plot? An in-flight murder ensues.  The plot thickens, a heinous scheme is revealed, and the original passenger, attorney Michael Warren, learns the past 12 years of his life has been a lie!

It all begins on a flight to New Orleans, a stopover on Warren’s trip to D.C. to testify before a Senate Committee.  As an avid environmental lobbyist, this would be Michael’s opportunity to destroy plans for a housing development built on land tainted with the same kind of toxic waste that killed Michael’s six-year-old daughter, Dominique.

But an audio cassette handed to Michael by a stranger on the plane is thought to contain damaging evidence about the developer. Instead, it renders his daughter’s life and death a lie: Dominique was not Michael’s real daughter; his real baby girl was kidnapped at birth and replaced with another newborn with the intent that the whereabouts of Baby Girl Warren would forever be unknown.

When the stranger dies in a bizarre murder mid-flight, Michael is sidetracked in New Orleans, where he and his family once lived.  Here, two enigmatic people further complicate his life:  the stunningly beautiful Celia Stone, a New Orleans obstetrician; and Madison Bouvier, the dapper, ambitious New Orleans district attorney.  Michael hopes to enlist their aid in finding his real daughter but, unknown to him, they surreptitiously thwart his every move, each with their own agenda for revenge and profit.

To further complicate matters, Michael’s wife Elaine now resides in Twelve Oaks Sanitarium, seemingly contented to dwell in her illusionary world of ignorance to the truth about her daughter’s death.
 
When Michael discovers the truth about who is involved in his daughter’s kidnapping, he is faced with the most difficult decision of his life:  Shall he expose them all and jeopardize his daughter’s well-being?  Or shall he submit to their conditions in order to bring her safely home?

I love good books and films about the human psyche (not Psycho; that scares the Bedevil out of me), but how the choices we make lead us down the path of goodness or to the path of wickedness.

My books only contain implied violence (I’m very squeamish) and absolutely no blatant sex (I’m terrible at writing it - and I take heart in knowing that John Grisham says the same about his attempts at writing sex scenes!) But conflict and chaos being very appealing to readers, my stories have those ingredients galore.

The shrewd compromises Michael Warren must make in order to see justice done provide the surprising and satisfying ending.  I do hope you agree.


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