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Text, photographs, and artwork copyright © 2007-2008 by Marta Stephens
Silenced Cry was released on April 23, 2007, but the creation of this book and its diverse set of characters go back to a fall afternoon in 2004. That was the day I originally wrote The Devil Can Wait. It is now be the second book in the Sam Harper Crime Mysteries series. Although Iíve changed the story line considerably, the idea for that book was sparked by by a true tale.
Initially, I wrote The Devil Can Wait as a
novella along with two other novellas in the series. However, I
needed a fourth story to complete the set. I decided that instead of moving
forward in time, it would be best to show the beginning. I felt there was much
more to the Sam Harper character than catching criminals. Thus, in
Silenced Cry, I wanted the reader to understand who Homicide Detective Sam
Harper is and what drives him. Harper has his share of flaws. He doesn't
always get it right, the evidence doesn't always fall neatly into place,
and doors don't always open to reveal the answer.
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