A Dead Red Heart by R.P. Dahlke

I started this book after reading a newspaper article about a convicted felon who received a heart transplant while in prison. Which got me to thinking--What would you do if the love of your life lost their chance at a heart transplant because the donor organ went to a convicted felon in prison? Grieve the loss of your loved one? Or wait until the bastard was released from prison,  then hunt him down and get that much needed revenge.
 
This became the premise for A Dead Red Heart, however, since I could see both sides of the equation, I decided to add some sympathetic traits to both parties... not that the perp isn't guilty, but at the end of the book, I hope that you will see why this person has managed to become so unraveled and how a course of revenge will cut across several families, their lives and their secrets.
 
And because this story could become, well, rather grim, I used the counterpoint of humor--the annoying newspaper man, who has his own reasons for finding the killer, his not quite right aunt, whose attempts to shoot Lalla at a funeral make for some exciting moments, and then last but not least, Lalla's dad., Yes, he's decided he's going to live after all, and he's now dating, starting with her third-grade teacher. But nothing, as you will see, goes right for dad or Lalla in the love department .
 
Amazon Kindle Link: http://www.amazon.com/HEART-Lalla-Bains-Series-ebook/dp/B004W9NIOU/

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