Catch ‘n Release

By Susan Hart Hellman

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

But this case is far from closed. Savanna accepts the assignment, don’s her newest Armani mini skirt, and sets out to work, only to find that the evidence has gone missing; most of the witnesses are clueless; 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 unknowingly gets caught up in Catch n’ Release, and receives several death threat notes delivered in a most unconventional way.

In the meantime, Savanna’s 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 newly-found 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.