Author J. Paul Hickey’s new book “The Blood Island Brooch” is a spellbinding murder mystery pitting a principled detective against a shadowy South Carolina underworld

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Recent release “The Blood Island Brooch” from Page Publishing author J. Paul Hickey is a riveting tale woven from the fabric of America’s racial past, organized crime, and its rich yet fractured human history. Retired homicide detective Jack Hennessey brings all of his principles and skill to bear as he tried to solve a recent murder with roots in a marginalized community’s painful antebellum history.

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J. Paul Hickey, a retired forty-eight-year veteran radio and TV journalist, who anchored ABC News Radio’s special coverage of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 and worked on assignments that took him around the globe covering events that are now chapters in history books during his thirty-two years with ABC News, has completed his new book “The Blood Island Brooch”: a gripping and potent work of crime fiction that keeps the pages turning until its dramatic conclusion.

Jack Hennessey is a highly decorated former homicide detective who had a long, successful career. Yet in retirement, Hennessey is consumed by needless guilt, believing he had betrayed his best friend in a botched murder investigation. When the mangled body of a woman is found tangled in the rocks around Fort Sumter in Charleston, South Carolina, Jack sees finding her killer as a chance for redemption.

He discovers what seems to be the robbery of a priceless ruby brooch gone wrong is far more than simple homicide. The victim is African American, and her death leads Jack into a dangerous world of deep racial divides connected to slavery issues of America’s past and bigotry of its present. Along the way, he meets the dark underbelly of resistance and the seedy realm of organized crime.

The novel draws upon actual historical events and contemporary conflicts to frame the world of murder and betrayal Hennessey must negotiate.

Published by Page Publishing, J. Paul Hickey’s engrossing book is an excellent choice for avid fiction readers.

Readers who wish to experience this engaging work can purchase “The Blood Island Brooch” at bookstores everywhere, or online at the Apple iTunes Store, Amazon, Google Play, or Barnes and Noble.

For additional information or media inquiries, contact Page Publishing at 866-315-2708.

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