Item description for Silenced Cry (Sam Harper Crime Mystery) by Marta Stephens...
Detective Sam Harper is left guilt-ridden after his partner is shot and killed during what should have been a routine pick-up for questioning. The discovery of an infants body during the demolition of an abandoned building leads Harper to unearth murky secrets involving those he respects most. His former partner, his revered boss, and even his police-hero father are all under suspicion of drug-dealing, corruption, rape, and murder. For the first time in his life, Sam Harper must stand alone in a fog of lies where dangerous truths loom forth and the boundaries between pursuer and prey blur. He is left to decide how far to go to hunt down the answers and what action to take when he traps them. Marta Stephens expertly turns up the heat to unveil a tale of suspense with as many twists as a thumbscrew.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.9" Width: 5" Height: 0.9" Weight: 0.45 lbs.
Release Date Apr 23, 2007
Publisher Bewrite Books
ISBN 1905202725 ISBN13 9781905202720
Reviews - What do customers think about Silenced Cry (Sam Harper Crime Mystery)?
Vocal Praise Aug 12, 2008
Silenced Cry is an excellent book. There is a neat new group of mystery authors emerging, and Marta Stephens is smack dab in the middle of them.
Do yourself a favor and get on board this train.
Sam's tough, his life and outlook are tough, but then suddenly, once you're inside the pages with him, you discover that whole other side. Like the piano-playing. Or Dad. Things can get nice, soft, even desperate and loving, before you know it. Can't wait to see what he does, or what happens to him, next.
This is an amazing debut from a rising mystery star.
Just as good the second time through Apr 25, 2008
This book is filled with characters you enjoy following, or enjoy coming to despise (or at least I did). Maybe you'll see the end coming...but probably you'll end up thinking you've got it solved when a new clue or twist adds to the mystery.
It was a good, fast read for me--mostly because I wanted to get to the end. I was kind of bummed out when I got there. Not because of the ending; it made perfect sense, tying things up. But because the read was over. So, about a week later, I read it again, and enjoyed it all the same, but on a different level. Not many books can do that for me.
Intriguing characters; complicated & provocative plot Feb 18, 2008
If you had asked Detective Sam Harper who he could trust to always tell him the truth and always be men he'd want by his side when times were tough, it'd be his father, his partner and his boss. But after his partner is shot on duty, the first new case Harper's assigned leads inexorably to a horrible scenario: could these three men have been lying to Harper for years? Are they now suspects in the case of a murdered baby whose body is found where it was entombed years earlier?
The debut novel by Marta Stephens is entitled "Silenced Cry." It is a well-plotted, complicated mystery peopled with characters who are solidly etched and equally complicated. Before long, we'll have the second Sam Harper mystery. I'm looking forward to it because this novel has made me a fan of this interesting character. I've never written a book review before but since I just finished reading this and loved it, I thought I'd give this a try.
Sam Harper is a cop who has no problem with a bit of brute force. He's also a cop who remains troubled by the images of the dead baby, especially when he learns from the coroner just how savage her death was. Above all, he's a cop for the right reasons: because he believes in the oath of office he took to protect and serve. It's the many facets of Sam that make him a character who makes you think, helps you feel and challenges you to walk along with him as he navigates his world.
His personal life is not so neat. He has a great relationship with his father, a retired cop who has always been his hero yet both men are estranged from Sam's brother who blames them for not finding the drunk driver who killed their mother. His love life's another messy matter - his fiancé can barely hide her contempt for Sam's grief over the loss of his partner. Plus, she's cheating on him and he knows it.
Where he shines is his work. He's honest, fearless and committed. Sam's ability to put a case together makes him one of the best detectives on the force, which becomes quite a concern to those he begins to track down through the twists and turns of his investigation to find not only the baby's killer but the truth about his partner, his father and his boss. In the end, he is left to question if there's anyone he knows who he can really trust.
Marta's ability to breathe life into the characters we meet makes this a novel that brings you into the plot once it gets racing because you begin to care about the people as much as solving the mystery. And what a mystery it is - it has so many nuances that even when you think you have figured it out, she's able to surprise you with elements you'd almost forgotten she'd raised earlier.
If you're looking for a solid crime mystery that will keep you guessing along the way and also want to read about some realistic, intriguing people whom you'll look forward to meeting up with again in the next novel this author has coming out later this year, I can heartily recommend "Silenced Cry" by Marta Stephens.
A great read Jan 14, 2008
Marta Stephens is a new author with a fresh voice. In Silened Cry she writes a compelling police mystery surrounding the discovery of the skeletal remains of a baby. Her protagonist, Sam Harper, gradually unravels the threads of the crime which lead him into a web of police corruption. The wrtiting is tight and the plot moves along steadily. The book is a methodical police detective story like a Law and Order episode brought to the printed page. Fans of mysteries will delight in this read. I gave the book four stars for the vivid, tight prose and gripping plot and pace. I held off on the fifth star because I would like to see stronger characters. I suspect as Stephens grows as an author, her characters will become more compelling.
Silenced Cry Dec 18, 2007
Sam Harper has lost his partner, Gillies, an experienced narcotics detective in a shootout with a criminal. And as a result, Sam is experiencing job changes within the police department. He is sent to homicide, given a new partner, and set to work on cold cases, one of which isn't in the files.
When a baby's bones are found in the wall of a building undergoing demolition, Sam and his new partner get the job of trying to piece together why the baby was in the wall. The work is a wearisome checking of old records until the clues begin to melt into a picture of what happened.
Talented author Marta Stephens opens a door into the darker side of society and human nature that will make the reader consider how much life is wasted here, how much hope is lost. You'll wonder that anyone survives in this world.
Sit in with interviews of witnesses and learn the story of the lost baby. You'll want to cry. A tale that could be taken from the news, this is a book you will remember and look for other tales by this creative author.
A realistic cast of characters lead us step by step into the past, into the darkness of the human soul. The twisting trail has a surprise at the end for the reader.