A Cup Full of Midnight

Jaden Terrell

Permanent Press, 2012

Agent: Jill Marr

At thirty-six, private detective Jared McKean is coming to terms with his unjust dismissal from the Nashville Murder Squad and an unwanted divorce from a woman he still loves. Jared is a natural horseman and horse rescuer whos son has Down Syndrome, whose best friend is dying of AIDS, and whose teenaged nephew, Josh, has fallen under the influence of a dangerous fringe of the Goth subculture. When the fringe group's leader - a mind-manipulating sociopath who considers himself a vampire - is found dead and posed across a pentagram, Josh is the number one suspect. Jared will need all his skills as a private investigator and former homicide detective to match wits with the most terrifying killer he has ever seen. When he leans that Josh is next on the killer's list, Jared will risk his reputation, his family, and his life in a desperate attempt to save the boy he loves like a son.

"How refreshing it is to be able to add Jaden Terrell to the Stable of excellent mystery writers. She presents a detective of a different ilk, one who is smart, compassionate, and sensitive but can focus on a seemingly unsolved crime and come to a just conclusion.”
The Free Lance-Star

“Well-plotted, the book has more than one heart-stopping moment…a very good read...” 
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“…the book works very well…A worthy successor to the author’s top-notch debut. Fans of mainstream PI novels definitely need to check out Terrell.”

“While successfully jugging a complex cast with numerous minidramas, Terrell never loses focus on a case about troubled teens, which he writes with sympathy…ensemble casts, regional tone, and bring-it-on attitude.”
Library Journal