Traverse City, MI (PRWEB) April 24, 2014
Foreword Reviews announced the finalists for its Book of the Year Awards, including "Alternate Currents", selected in the Gay/Lesbian fiction category. https://botya.forewordreviews.com/finalists/2013/gay-lesbian/ This fourth Darcy Farthing Adventure features familiar and new characters immersed in a poignant topical mystery. http://www.arleenalleman.com/alternate-currents-preview/ As usual, Alleman weaves travel and social issues through unique murder mystery plots that keep readers coming back for more. http://www.arleenalleman.com/blog/
"Alternate Currents" explores how prejudice regarding same-sex partnerships, as well as other bigotry can lead to horrific outcomes. Darcy’s friend, Charlie Scott, mysteriously disappears from the Seattle home he shares with his partner, Don, and their daughter, Penelope. Before Seattle detectives and the FBI can solve Charlie’s kidnapping, Penelope also vanishes. As police frantically look for clues, they implicate a local antigay organization and its leader, a pair of local business owners who are being harassed by antigay demonstrators, a flamboyant stalker who is obsessed with Don, and Penelope’s birth mother. When two suspects are murdered, the authorities worry that a vicious unknown killer has abducted Penelope. In the midst of turmoil surrounding Penelope’s birth status and abduction, true to her nature, Darcy tries to help her friends. When she ventures into the midst of the case by conducting a freelance interview with a local clergyman, she is nearly killed in a vicious attack by an unknown assailant.
My Book Addiction and More, wrote: “A thrill ride in which the author carries off not only a psychological thriller but a mystery with aplomb and grace. Brilliantly written with both political and legal topics. I was not only in awe of all the emotions that run through Alternate Currents but also marveled at the way this author wrote on the challenges of today's world.”
“Arleen Alleman once again demonstrates her writing talent in a gripping novel filled with suspense and pathos," says author, Diane Rapp. "There are so many twists and turns in the complicated plot that readers are taken on a wild ride. Greed, desire, guilt, and fanaticism embolden several treacherous villains, who lurk in the shadows waiting for the perfect moment to strike.”
A review by Mystery Sequels stated, "There is so much more to Alternate Currents than it being an action and adventure novel with a hint of psychological suspense. The author touches on some quite serious issues throughout the book including same sex marriage/domestic partnership, homophobia, birth surrogates, assisted reproductive technology, and the ties that bind people throughout their adventures together."
Alleman is a former analyst with the U.S. Government Accountability Office where she wrote extensively on many topics ranging from satellite systems to endangered species. She has a science education and worked as a fashion model, insurance adjuster, jewelry designer, and proprietor of a home décor shop. Born in England and raised in New Hampshire and Nevada, she now lives in SW Florida with her husband, Tim.
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