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Book details
  • Genre:FICTION
  • SubGenre:Mystery & Detective / Historical
  • Language:English
  • Pages:284
  • Format:Paperback
  • Paperback ISBN:9781543935493

Hart of Madness

A Novel

by Lynne Kennedy

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Overview
Hart Island is a small island located in the Long Island Sound, off the coast of the Bronx, in New York City. It has been a public mass burial ground, a colossal "potter's field" for a million souls since 1869. The crumbling remains of its buildings once served as: a Union Civil War prison camp, a tuberculosis sanatorium, a boys' reformatory and . . . a woman's lunatic asylum. New York City, 1902 Born into society, nineteen-year-old Ruby Hunt is accused of brutally killing her mother, father, and brother in their Central Park apartment. She is committed to a lunatic asylum at Hart Island for the rest of her life. Over a century later, a descendant of the Hunt family is murdered, and homicide detective Frank Mead is convinced there is a connection between the current death and that of her great aunt, Ruby. Thanks to the contents of a battered suitcase passed down from Ruby's caretaker, old photograph, letters, and a diary lead Mead on a convoluted trail of greed, deception, and murder spanning two centuries.
Description
In 1902, New York City, nineteen-year-old Ruby Hunt comes home to her Park Avenue apartment to find her family murdered. She is the prime suspect in these gruesome crimes but instead of being placed under arrest, Ruby is committed to an insane asylum for life. The insane asylum is located on Hart Island, just off the coast of the Bronx. The island has served as the city's largest potter's field since the mid-1800s. Over a million lost souls are buried there. Ruby's life has irrevocably changed. Her only hope is a kindly caretaker at the asylum and a handsome young rookie police detective with the NYPD. Detective Liam McCarty is convinced Ruby is innocent and sets out to prove it with the help of investigative reporter Nellie Bly, whose experience in an insane asylum makes her the perfect partner. Time is running out, however, because Ruby's treatments are becoming increasingly debilitating. If Liam doesn't rescue her in time, she will be scheduled for a lobotomy. Over a century later, when a descendant of Ruby's uncle is murdered, homicide detective Frank Mead soon realizes that the connection between Ruby's case and his current murder is inescapable. It won't be the first time Frank has solved a cold case from the distant past to resolve today's crime. Digging into the Hunt family is no easy task. Each relative has something to hide and unless Frank can uncover the killer soon, there will be more murders. Using the latest in forensic technology, Frank enlists the help of digital photo expert, Maggie Thornhill, to match photos found in an old suitcase passed down by Ruby's descendants. Along with handwriting analysis and ballistics, Frank is able to piece together the puzzle that spans over a hundred years.
About the author
With a Masters' Degree in Science and more than 28 years as a science museum director, Lynne Kennedy has had the opportunity to study history and forensic science, both of which play significant roles in her novels. She has written five historical mysteries, each solved by modern technology. Time Exposure: Civil War photography meets digital photography to solve a series of murders in two centuries. The Triangle Murders was the winner of the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Mystery Category, 2011, and was awarded the B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree Award for independent books of high standards. Deadly Provenance has also been awarded a B.R.A.G. Medallion and was a finalist for the San Diego Book Awards. With the release of Deadly Provenance, Lynne has launched a "hunt for a missing Van Gogh," the painting which features prominently in the book. "Still Life: Vase with Oleanders" has, in actuality, been missing since WWII. Her fourth book, Pure Lies, won the 2014 "Best Published Mystery" award by the San Diego Book Awards, and was a finalist in Amazon's Breakthrough Novel Award. Time Lapse, her fifth and latest mystery, premiered at the end of 2016 to all 5-star reviews. She blogs regularly and has many loyal readers and fans. Visit her website at www.lynnekennedymysteries.com
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