The Devil's Doctrine
A Hale PI Novel
by Peter Fratesi
A series of brutal, unsolved murders of young women shocks and terrifies modern-day Louisiana. The mystery is magnified by bizarre findings at the murder scenes in New Orleans and its surrounding bayous. The murders perplex the highly trained police professionals involved, including the FBIís violent crimes unit.
Virtually no solid clues are left by the murderer, including his curiously not showing up on security cameras while some of his victims are.
Talented and insightful Private Investigator Jeremy Hale and his new assistant, criminal profiler Monica Sauvť, are asked to join a demoralized New Orleans investigation team desperate to find the perpetrator. The victim toll mounts alarmingly, and the murderer is increasingly daring.
Both Jeremy and Monica come into this investigation with unfinished business in their personal lives that they need to face and resolve. Jeremy must confront a childhood tragedy that has coloured his life. Monica must contend with a strange prophecy that her very survival will someday depend on her carrying out an important mission within herself.
The story takes you along on many unexpected, challenging twists and turns, with scenes ranging from the S&M club spots off Bourbon Street to a mysterious old mansion on a former slave plantation near the alligator-infested bayous. During the investigation, the PIs discover a shocking, dark secret deep in the history of Louisiana. Will they also discover deeper levels of themselves and their relationship?
This book is much more than a unique tale of unbridled murdering and clever sleuthing. It is also a timeless story of the struggle for personal and spiritual growth, endurance, courage, and the willingness to be open to other perspectives on reality.
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Peter Fratesi grew up in Northern Ontario, Canada. He obtained his BA degree in psychology from Laurentian University, Sudbury, Ontario. After he earned his graduate psychology degree from Goddard College, Vermont, USA, he and his family moved to Alberta, Canada.
Peter pursued a long, varied career as a psychologist in mental health and rehabilitation settings, in private practice and as a psychology instructor at the college level. Retiring in 2014, he decided to explore the depths of the human mind through writing fiction. He seeks to create psychologically complex characters and unique plots to evoke in his readers strong feelings and insights. Peterís awareness of the ironies and struggles of life is also deeply ingrained in his writing. His interest in history often flows through his stories, reflecting his belief that through history we discover our humanness.
Peter began writing poetry as a young adult, and this has blossomed into his debut novel and several short stories with fantasy themes. He has published over twenty non-fiction newspaper articles on a wide range of mental health issues and therapies. He has written several micro horrors and a number of reviews of novels, which can be found on his website. He is also in the process of completing a murder mystery novel, which may extend into a series. He is a member of the Writersí Guild of Alberta.
He believes in bringing creative imagination to other areas of his life. He is a long-time musician and has composed music of diverse genres, which has been professionally recorded. He also enjoys pastel drawing and watercolor painting, mostly of natural scenes and portraits.
He lives in Edmonton, Alberta, with his wife, son and Golden Retriever, Harry.
Visit the author website at:http://www.peterfratesi.com