Young Woman Uses Visions to Fight Crime in New Novel

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William A. Hillmans Jr.’s “Taking Up the Chase” combines fantasy and mystery

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A young woman struggles with the gift of precognitive visions in William A. Hillman Jr.’s new novel “Taking Up the Chase” (published by iUniverse).

Maria Marhill is a typical teenager with normal teenage stresses – friends, school and boys – but with the added issue of a father trapped in a coma. She has everything in control, until the day she has her first vision.

An excerpt from “Taking up the Chase”:

“What’s going on? Maria wondered. She paced frantically around the room. Did I have a vision of the future? I can’t believe it. Maria felt amazement rise up in her. She put her hand on her forehead and then walked to her bed, where she sat down.

She flopped her upper half down on the bed. Her legs dangled over the foot of the mattress. This feels so unreal, she thought. She lay there for a couple of moments.

She looked up at her computer. Without thinking she went over to it and turned it on. Seeing the future, she typed.”

When her visions begin to include crimes, she turns to Detective Lenny Hipar for help, and though together they’re able to foil crimes, Maria’s visions make her a target for everything from simple back robbers to crime bosses.

In addition to the excitement of visions, Hillman cites more universal themes in “Taking Up the Chase.” “The desire for mystery and a good story,” he says, “are still present in today’s readership.”

About the Author
William A. Hillman Jr. was born with autism and a speech defect. Despite his disabilities, he received his high school diploma and is currently working on his college degree.

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