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A DEAD MAN’S EYES | Lori Duffy Foster

"Only a skilled and experienced reporter could craft such an authentically gripping story. Duffy Foster is the real deal--emotional depth and honest story-telling make this a terrific debut!"

- Hank Phillippi Ryan/ USA Today Bestselling Author of THE FIRST TO LIE

Lisa Jamison has done well for a single mom who got pregnant at fifteen.

She’s a reporter at a well-respected newspaper and her teenage daughter is both an athlete and honors student. Though their relationship is rocky these days, Lisa has accomplished what she set out to do. She has given her daughter the kind of life she never had.

But all that changes when Lisa sees her daughter in the eyes of a dead man.

The cops call it a drug killing, but Lisa doesn’t believe it. She knows her ex-boyfriend was no drug dealer even though she hadn’t seen him in sixteen years. Lisa ignores warnings from her medical-examiner friend. She fails to heed barely veiled threats from the sheriff of a neighboring county. Instead, she risks her life and the lives of her daughter and their closest friend on a dangerous quest for answers.

The investigation leaves Lisa fighting for her family in a morbid, black market world she never knew existed. She learns that trust is complicated and that she, despite her cynical nature, has been blind. She trusted the wrong people and now she might have to pay with her life.

My Thoughts

This debut novel from Lori Duffy Foster is one that I had high hopes for after learning that she was a former crime reporter. She did not disappoint! Her writing style is unique and helps pull you into the story. I felt like I was reading a crime report. Simple, concise, and full of detail that regular, every-day people tend to overlook. The slow build of the beginning settles into a fast-paced storyline at the beginning of the midpoint and doesn't let go until the final pages. It's a very timely story that we could easily see on the news in our own hometowns. Excited to see how this series develops.

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About the Author

Lori Duffy Foster is a former crime reporter who writes from the hills of Northern Pennsylvania, where she lives with her husband and four children. She was born and raised in the Adirondack Mountains of New York State, where a part of her heart remains. Her short fiction has appeared in the journal Aethlon, and in the anthologies Short Story America and Childhood Regained. Her nonfiction has appeared in Healthy Living, Running Times, Literary Mama, Crimespree and Mountain Home magazines. A Dead Man's Eyes, the first in the Lisa Jamison mystery/suspense series, is her debut novel. Look for book two in the series, Never Broken, in April of 2022. She is also author of Raising Identical Twins: The Unique Challenges and Joys of the Early Years. Lori is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, The Historical Novel Society, International Thriller Writers and Pennwriters She also sits on the board of the Knoxville (PA) Public Library. Visit Lori online at or on Facebook @loriduffyfosterauthor, on Instagram @lori.duffy.foster or on Twitter @loriduffyfoster.


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