Unusual bestseller offers thrills and insights to fans of the detective novel.
Five years ago, child abuse survivor, writer and activist M Dolon Hickmon envisioned 13:24 – A Story of Faith and Obsession (Rehoboam Press, 2014), a pop culture thriller that would also serve as a unique child abuse education campaign. Drawn from his own experiences of childhood trauma, combined with cutting-edge research and true crime headlines, Hickmon’s pioneering murder mystery became a genre bestseller in May of 2014, having broken into Amazon’s Top 100 paid e-book titles in the “Child Abuse” category. The following month, Publishers Weekly honored the unusual hit with their coveted starred review: “Merging biblical tales, psychology, and social criticism, Hickmon stares into the distressing abyss of child exploitation with daring honesty,” their review states in part; adding: “[T]his thriller is unsettling entertainment that offers catharsis.”
Now, Rehoboam Press has reported that Publishers Weekly will bring further attention to Hickmon’s project with an author interview during the month of August 2014.
Hickmon, who lives between Ocala and Orlando, Florida, says he is grateful for the opportunity: “My goal was to bring a new depth of understanding about trauma and recovery to crime fiction and psychological thriller fans. With the help of Publishers Weekly and others, we are reaching thousands of new readers.”
13:24 has previously received positive assessments in publishing trade journals Kirkus Reviews and Mid-West Book Review; and from online sources, including Fresh Fiction, Mean Streets Crime Fiction Review, and from Amazon Top 100 Hall-of-Famer Grady Harp. In addition, trauma researcher and Bristol University emeritus professor Dr. Kim Etherington has said that Hickmon’s characterizations hit the mark: “There are textbooks that explain the scientific mechanisms that underpin post-traumatic stress disorder, but this book tells a story that reaches out to help us all understand.”
Hickmon is thrilled with his project’s success, but says he is still looking for new allies. “Online sales are better than anyone dared to expect, but many readers have yet to see it on their local booksellers shelf.” To remedy this, Rehoboam Press is offering aggressive terms, including eye-catching point-of-sale materials and a full credit return policy. For details or to schedule an author appearance, contact email@example.com.
13:24 – A Story of Faith and Obsession is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and other fine retailers.
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