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Susan Hart Hellman is a California- and Oregon-based freelance writer whose work has appeared in numerous magazines including The Writer Magazine, Horizon Air in-flight magazine,  Rainbow Wedding Network Magazine, Recovery Living,  Antiques & Collectibles, Senior World of Los Angeles, Pacific Coast Business Times, Ojai Quarterly, and the Ventura County Star. She was Executive Editor of Your Wedding Day magazine.

Susan has also worked as a journalist, advertising copywriter, and public relations specialist, and in the field of psychology she holds a Master of Science degree, and is completing her PhD in psychology. She has been a film festival film reviewer and teaches writing workshops.

Susan has recently completed the first in a series of psychological murder mysteries, Catch ‘n Release: The Game(see below), and the second in the series, Ring Master, is due out in Summer 2013. For all inquiries regarding freelance writing and workshop instruction please contact susan@susanharthellman.com.


Catch ‘n Release: The Game

By Susan Hart Hellman     

(available at www.amazon.com)


Catch 'n ReleaseIn this first novel in a series of psychological murder mysteries, Dr. Savanna Jamison, Southern California behavioral neuropsychologist, defense witness, and unintentional underground sleuth, is called upon to help defend a strange looking, possibly brain-damaged man, killer of a girl in a sleazy bar. It seems like a clear-cut case: killer grabs knife off bar; killer stabs girl; dozens of witnesses see him do it; and killer is headed for death row. Case closed.

But this case is far from closed. Savanna accepts the assignment, dons her newest Armani miniskirt, and sets out to work, only to find that the evidence has gone missing; most of the witnesses are clueless; and the bartender is leading a suspicious sounding double life. And, the victim and her sorority sisters have been playing a complicated, dangerous little game, Catch ‘n Release. And this is the good news.

The situation becomes even worse when Savanna, herself, unknowingly gets caught up in the game, Catch ‘n Release, and receives several death threat notes delivered in a most unconventional way.

In the meantime, Savanna is being stalked by a killer she previously helped convict, but who’s been released from his life sentence on a little-known technicality.

And, clear to everyone but her, Savanna’s new romantic relationship is falling apart. It appears that everyone is playing some version of one game or another, each with a common goal: catch what you can, release what you don’t want, and never, ever be the one to get caught.

For reading group questions and activities contact susan@susanharthellman.com