Suspense-Filled Novel of Murder and Deceit Illuminates the Good News

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Author's story offers readers hope in a troubling and threatening world

Nassau County Detective Michael Ryan never dreamed that a charitable function would provide such profound changes to his life. Along with his partner, Peggy Younger, he has become embroiled in the brutal murder of the wealthy and beautiful evangelist, Tamara Steele. The case leads the two detectives down a path of intrigue where deception and corruption become the order of the day. Who killed the charismatic Tamara? What was the real motive behind this brutal murder? Could it be greed, jealousy? Or was it the working of a deranged killer seeking revenge? Find out in Richard Malta's Evangelist Caper ($24.99, paperback, 978-1-61579-582-6), a suspenseful story that offers the reader hope in an oftentimes troubling and threatening world, a world filled with complications and deceit.

"My prayer is for the reader to develop an admiration and a respect for the novel's principle characters," the author says. "Detective Mike Ryan, not without faults, thirsts for justice, honor, loyalty, love, and commitment, which shines forth in each scene of the plot. Detective Peggy Younger's belief in a loving God who cares and watches over His children will also become apparent as her devotion is weaved throughout the story."

Being wheelchair-bound with cerebral palsy, Malta's situation in life provides him with a unique perspective as an observer. This vantage point allows him to study and evaluate the activities of others, understanding the motivations and desires of humankind. "Free of distractions, I am able to construct scenes designed to move along, stringing them together to form a well-constructed plot retrieved from bits and pieces of life and literature," he explains. "I have an added blessing of knowing Jesus personally and have been witness to His healing love; consequently, I know He can deliver others from their anguish."

Xulon Press, a division of Salem Communications, is the world's largest Christian publisher, with more than 7,000 titles published to date. Retailers may order Evangelist Caper through Ingram Book Company and/or Spring Arbor Book Distributors. Evangelist Caper is available online through xulonpress.com/bookstore, amazon.com, and barnesandnoble.com.

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