Faces in the Mirror -- In New Novel, Serial Killer with Multiple Personalities Stalks Elderly Women

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FULLERTON, Calif., August 28, 2003 (PRIMEZONE) -- A new thrilling novel of law and order, Faces in the Mirror (now available through 1stBooks), by J.A. Smith, details the twisted story of a sadistic serial killer -- made more dangerous by a schizophrenic illness -- and his helpless elderly victims.

Amongst the cobblestone and brick of the Charleston, S.C. historic district, an evil lurks in the rolling fog. A serial killer stalks elderly women, raping and slaying them and sending the city into a frenzy of fear. Early investigations yield few clues, save a fictitious leak to the media that the killer is Jamaican. The combination of slow progress and the false information brings the city to the edge of chaos.

Lt. Beau Gastineau of the Charleston Police has his work cut out for him. With the aid of Sally Thornton, top-FBI profiler gifted with the power of second sight, Beau must find the killer before the town is overcome with outrage and fear. Although Sally and Beau are not exactly two peas in a pod, they work together diligently. The duo first suspects they're after two killers, however, Sally is able to put herself in the killer's mind and discover his multiple personalities. Amid their growing attraction to one another, Sally and Beau manage to catch the killer and the case goes to court.

In the courtroom, the case becomes highly publicized as the three-ring media circus begins. Judge Buckner finds his options limited as the two competitive lead counsels go head to head. Forensic scientists interview the killer in an attempt to discover the truth. Is his multiple personality problem with which he is inflicted a facade he wears to escape punishment or is he insane? The answer is buried deep in the recesses of this exciting edge-of-the seat thriller.

Smith served in the United States Air Force for 23 years. After retirement, he held a number of consulting positions for air defense companies, such as Lockheed Martin and Hughes Aircraft Company. For the past eight years, Smith has been an adjunct writer and researcher for MDR Productions Hollywood. The late Marty Roth, a writer for 40 years in Hollywood, was his mentor and good friend. Faces in the Mirror, Smith's first book, is dedicated to Roth.

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