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    James Waltzer

ISBN: 9781942546184

Of Sound Mind

by: James Waltzer

A slow-boil, modern noir, Of Sound Mind finds audiometry technician Richard Keene settling into his new, center-city apartment just as he reaches his thirtieth birthday. Formerly confined to a mental institution, Richard struggles to adapt to a world of adult freedom. He possesses abnormally acute powers of hearing and suffers from claustrophobia, yet he feels unleashed to dare fate in high places—in short, he is a bundle of neuroses.

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A former teacher and corporate personnel director, James Waltzer turned to writing in 1988 and has since written more than 700 features for regional magazines in the Northeast. In addition to his award-winning feature writing, he has authored six books, including novels and nonfiction titles. He lives in Pennsylvania.
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A slow-boil, modern noir, Of Sound Mind finds audiometry technician Richard Keene settling into his new, center-city apartment just as he reaches his thirtieth birthday. Formerly confined to a mental institution, Richard struggles to adapt to a world of adult freedom. He possesses abnormally acute powers of hearing and suffers from claustrophobia, yet he feels unleashed to dare fate in high places—in short, he is a bundle of neuroses.

When he believes he hears a strangulation murder committed behind the closed door of a neighboring apartment in his high-rise, Richard confronts a chance for redemption that he knew would come someday. For the incident eerily parallels the defining experience of his childhood, the night he heard—through the walls of his row house—the death struggle of the little girl next door.

But just how reliable are Richard’s perceptions?

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ISBN: 9781942546184
Publisher: Medallion Press Inc.
Publish Date: 2016
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“In Of Sound Mind, James Waltzer crafts an atmospheric tale of betrayal and murder, at once both taut and tender, with a protagonist who must convince the reader as well as the police of his sanity. A sure-footed, highly enjoyable debut.” —Gwen Florio, author of Disgraced

“This is an absorbing, cleverly constructed and well-developed tale of emergence from the social, physical, and emotional toll of heightened hearing and murder, in an otherwise mundane life. The character development is good. The pace is perforce measured to allow the character development. The plot and writing are excellent.” —Library Thing

“I have read quite a few mysteries and one thing I really enjoy is being taken by surprise and Waltzer supplies those moments and more. The characters are well-defined and interesting.” —Edna Snidebottom, Delco Culture Vultures

“Of Sound Mind is a thoughtful, intelligent thriller. . . . The Philly flavor is rich, which is another bonus for those living in the area.” —Bill Lawrence Online http://billlawrenceonline.com/james-waltzer-sound-mind/

“The writing flowed, the story flowed, and the ending was both unexpected yet highly appropriate, with many memorable quotes.” — Trev Twinem, Bristol, UK