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Editorial Reviews

This unnerving short tale of murder, madness, guilt, and responsibility will grab you from the moment it starts and leave you thinking long after the performance is over. Narrator Sean Pratt's smooth tones expertly weave author Terry Rich Hartley's dark web, adopting the distinct personalities of the various mysterious characters. Best listened to after darkness falls, Paranoia on River Road is guaranteed to leave a psychic stain, like a strange figure glimpsed on the edge of the highway late at night.

Publisher's Summary

A dispatcher sends Deputy Sheriff Lita Echeveria to a ghoulish burial site. A professor isolates himself in Mystic Canyon after apparently going mad. A wealthy retired farmer lives in denial of child abuse. A mysterious blonde girl and a dog point the way to criminal evidence before disappearing. The interaction of these characters cracks the boundaries of normal/abnormal psychology and criminal justice/cosmic punishment.

©2009 Terry Rich Hartley (P)2010 Mind Wings Audio

Critic Reviews

"This is a one-hour wonder, a clever little cupcake of a story about guilt, mental illness, and karma. Award-winning narrator Sean Pratt tells the tale straight down the middle, making it hard to discern which character to trust - which is on the up-and-up and which is crazy. Pratt doesn’t make the main character sound like a hero, which he’s not. But Pratt gives him enough dignity so that he doesn’t sound like a coward either. He’s just a guy who can’t live with his actions. Intriguing premise, memorable ending. Pratt’s rhythmic reading, his storytelling, is so compelling you’ll wish the book were longer than an hour." (AudioFile)

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Short story of paranoia

I read this twice trying to figure out what I must have missed in the telling.