13:24 – A Story of Faith and Obsession

13:24 is a unique survivor-driven public outreach, intended to deepen public awareness of crimes against children and of the lingering impacts of PTSD. Publishing was entirely funded by a consortium of nearly 100 child abuse survivors and their allies. Learn more…




13:24 – A Story of Faith and Obsession
by M Dolon Hickmon
Publisher: Rehoboam Press

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Detective William Hursel has worked countless murder cases, staring down the cruelest deeds humanity has to offer. But nothing prepares him for what he’ll uncover while pursuing 14-year-old Christopher Pesner, a suspect in the brutal rage-killing of his own mother. While news reports focus on Chris’s odd obsession with the violent, blasphemous heavy metal band, Rehoboam, Hursel suspects a deeper motive — a hunch that is confirmed when Chris’s second victim is discovered. Racing to piece together the identity of Chris’s next target, Hursel descends into a shadowy underworld where human traffickers ply the wealthy and powerful with unseemly indulgences.

Kirkus Reviews“Hickmon’s taut, gripping fiction debut journeys into a world of subversive rock-and-roll, dark perversions and deep emotional scars. . . . Hickmon weaves these separate plots together with an unforced ease, as when he effectively portrays Rehoboam’s struggling early years in well-deployed flashbacks. The narrative’s lean, unadorned prose becomes intensely involving as the plot hastens to its climax”

—Kirkus Reviews

“Hickmon unleashes a shocking blitzkrieg of murder, conspiracy, and child abuse in this disturbing, breathlessly plotted murder mystery….Merging biblical tales, psychology, and social criticism, Hickmon stares into the distressing abyss of child exploitation with daring honesty….Eschewing easy answers for moral complexity, this thriller is unsettling entertainment that offers catharsis.”

—Publishers Weekly

M Dolon Hickmon is a child abuse survivor, a writer and an anti-abuse activist. His advocacy has run the gamut, from opposing state laws that allow the devout to deny their children basic literacy and lifesaving medical attention, to authoring a widely cited study linking schools’ use of corporal punishment to persistent academic underachievement. A contributor to The Freethinker, OnFaith, Alternet and TheHumanist.com, Mr. Hickmon has also explored the intersections of faith and child abuse in local and nationally syndicated talk-show appearances.  Learn more…

Publishers Weekly Talks with M. Dolon Hickmon

In M. Dolon Hickmon’s debut murder mystery, 13:24: A Story of Faith and Obsession, detective William Hursel investigates the case of an emotionally scarred teenager who killed his mother and her boyfriend. Our reviewer complimented Hickmon’s ability to “[stare] into the distressing abyss of child exploitation with daring honesty” while “eschewing easy answers for moral complexity.” We caught up with Hickmon to discuss self-publishing and raising awareness about the prevalence of child abuse.. Read the full article at publishersweekly.com

M Dolon Hickmon interviewed on KGNW Live From Seattle

March 18, 2014 – M Dolon Hickmon went on the air with Doug Bursch of AM 820, to discuss a research study entitled “Perceptions of Serious Mental Illness in the Local Church”.

During the second segment of the radio program (you can listen below) M Dolon Hickmon and host Doug Bursch examined the biological mechanisms of trauma to understand why counseling based on the sin and forgiveness model fails to give relief to many child abuse survivors.

M Dolon Hickmon: A Survivor’s Conversation with Christianity

August 2, 2014 – “Here are the messages I gleaned from the church of my childhood: that beating children is acceptable—good for them, in fact; that bruises and welts are of little consequence; that fear is desirable, as is pained screaming and broken sobbing. I’d heard that kids were to be whipped for the least act of disobedience, with belts and sticks and plastic racecar tracks; on bare skin, and as often as an adult thought was necessary. . . .” Read the full article on The Freethinker

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