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Book details
  • Genre:FICTION
  • SubGenre:Romance / Suspense
  • Language:English
  • Pages:305
  • eBook ISBN:9781939665126

Con Test

Suspenseful Sex Mystery

by Rahiem Brooks

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Brooks creates a masterful psychological thriller about a compulsive liar and thief (Justice Lorenzo), who winds up kidnapping the very man (William Fortune) he has relied on to avoid federal prosecution. When William’s traumatic past is revealed, the novel lays bare the astonishing personality hidden within him. The terrible revelations push William over the edge, and his wife struggles to help him face his demons as the plot races to an inescapable conclusion.
Con Test is a mystery-suspense novel but the mystery and suspense come more from the unravelling of the secrets of Justice’s past, and William’s past, than from the unravelling of many crimes. In the course of this unravelling Justice will make some startling discoveries but by the time he does this he has other problems to worry about. His criminal past is also about to catch up to him. Now the challenge is not just to escape the chains of the past but also to stay out of prison. Apart from being a kind of sexual mystery it is also a novel about identity, or rather different layers of identity. Justice has other reasons for his constant re-invention of himself besides its usefulness to him as a criminal. He needs masks to hide behind and perhaps in some ways this is more important to him even than thieving and killing. The lies we tell ourselves, the lies we tell others, the lies that we live, these are all issues addressed in this novel. The truth exists, but do we really want the truth?
About the author
Rahiem Jerome Brooks is the breakout novelist and is a member of the Mystery Writer's of America. His debut thriller, LAUGH NOW won 2010 African-Americans on the Move Book Club's (AAMBC) Book of the Year & he earned 2011 AAMBC Author of the Year. LAUGH NOW also the Most Creative Plot at the DMV Expo's Creative Excellent Awards. Rahiem was also nominated at the 2011 & 2012 African-American Literary Awards for Mystery of the Year for Con Test and Murder in Germantown. Rahiem Brooks worked on a Film/TV certificate program at University of California, Los Angeles; however, he currently studies journalism at Harvard University. He permanently resides in Philadelphia, PA.