Divorcee Must Prove She Is Innocent of Murder in ‘Semblance of Guilt’

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Claudia Riess announces release of new novel.

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“A determined amateur detective who’ll garner fans with her refusal to either back down or give up.” – Kirkus Reviews

Ellen Davis, a recent divorcee, finds her newfound sense of vulnerability further challenged when she is accused of murdering a friend. In order to prove her innocence, Ellen must take matters into her own hands. Along the way, she struggles with her burgeoning romance with Lieutenant Pete Sakura – a detective with baggage of his own.

In crafting her new novel, “Semblance of Guilt” (published by Archway Publishing), author Claudia Riess says she “wanted to explore the ‘trial’ of an innocent person as a test of strength and perseverance—in a way, analogous to the Herculean ‘trials.’ How does a person change or evolve with the challenge? How much will she rely on the experts and jury? On herself? How does the experience affect her perception of herself?”

As the plot unfolds, both Ellen and Pete grapple with their past and present demons as they embark on quests for self-reclamation and acceptance of love.

Riess hopes readers “enjoy the narrative as a brain-teaser, a love story and a journey toward self-reliance.”

Praise for “Semblance of Guilt”:
“A determined amateur detective who’ll garner fans with her refusal to either back down or give up.” – Kirkus Reviews

“Semblance of Guilt”
By Claudia Riess
Hardcover | 6 x 9 in | 350 pages | ISBN 9781480827868
Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 350 pages | ISBN 9781480827851
E-Book | 350 pages | ISBN 9781480827875
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Claudia Riess, a Vassar graduate, has worked in the editorial departments of The New Yorker and Holt Rinehart and Winston. On her first novel, “Reclining Nude”, Oliver Sacks, M.D., commented: “exquisite—and delicate.” Her art suspense novel, “Stolen Light,” was called “complex and intriguing” by Kirkus Reviews. More information can be found at: claudiariessbooks.com.

Simon & Schuster, a company with nearly ninety years of publishing experience, has teamed up with Author Solutions, LLC, the leading self-publishing company worldwide, to create Archway Publishing. With unique resources to support books of all kind, Archway Publishing offers a specialized approach to help every author reach his or her desired audience. For more information, visit archwaypublishing.com or call 888-242-5904.

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