Robert Reed Publishers
John's Diary by James Hogan
A fast-paced mystery novel packed with action and conflicted characters with convoluted motives.
When Jason Hammerlick packs his bags and heads off to "The University," little does he know he will soon be thrown into a dark world of death and intrigue. An innocent and naïve recent high school graduate, Jason quickly becomes friends with the first group of students he meets, although he knows nothing about them. Almost immediately, the bodies start turning up: Jessica Ransom, Vance Johnson, Miles Johnson, Allen Portchester, and Celeste Riggins. Soon Jason is deeply involved in solving the mystery of what is happening on campus.
Meanwhile, John Franco Battaglia is writing everything down in his diary. He has been there all along, and he is deeply involved, but he cannot tell anyone except his diary. Eventually, even he, too, is found dead, naked along the side of the road.
Johns Diary is an action-packed story loaded with memorable characters who are intrinsically involved in unpredictable ways. The tension in this story and its dramatic resolution make for engaging and pleasurable reading.
About the Author: James Hogan grew up in the suburbs of New Haven, Connecticut, in a small town called North Branford. He has a B.A. in English from Clemson University in South Carolina. John's Diary is very loosely based on two murders that occurred at a small land-grant university in South Carolina.