David Paige, a young detective from Charleston, S.C., is about to embark on an investigation of a lifetime. After an unexpected tragedy shatters his perfect world, he discovers that his mother had been keeping a life-long secret from him, revealing that he is not who he believed he was. With no family member to turn to, he has to rely on his detective skills and a mysterious item left to him from his mother…a crimson-colored key. The search for the truth takes David to New York City, where he runs head on into lies, deception and murder, all in an attempt to cover up a string of dreadful crimes. Then if this is not enough to deal with, he falls for the daughter of a prominent man, both sharing an undeniable attraction, which complicates his life even further. It isn’t until a near-death experience and help from his mother through several frightening nightmares, that the pieces to the puzzle begin to come together. The Crimson Key ultimately unveils many secrets, surprising many people including David, which opens his eyes and heart as well.
From the Author
This story came to me in a series of dreams. The first chapter was the first dream, where I woke in the middle of the night and jotted down the events in the dream. The rest of the story came to me within a week of the first dream. I outlined the story from beginning to end, then began writing. After only a couple of chapters written, I was diagnosed with colon cancer. Though I didn’t think that I was going to die, I felt an overwhelming urgency to complete the story before my surgery. I finished the novel 2 days before my surgery.
From the Inside Flap
A special thanks and dedication goes to Pamela Bates. She has a special way of touching every life she comes in contact with. Her encouragement and enthusiasm touched my heart, fueling my passion to write.
I would like to thank Jon Marken, great job editing and a pleasure to work with.
Special thanks go to my two daughters, Tina and Lesley. Their enthusiasm kept me on the path to publishing my first novel.
Though they knew nothing of my endeavor, I would like to thank my parents, Bernice and Franklin. They have always been there for me on this rocky road I call my life.
Come join David in a mysterious and exciting journey, in The Crimson Key.
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Wes Dodd was born in Lynchburg, Virginia, currently residing in Southside Virginia. He has 2 daughters and 3 grandchildren. He has always enjoyed a great story, whether it be written or on screen. Only in the last few years has he discovered a passion for creating and breathing life into a great story. He currently has 3 novels published, working on a 4th because there is always a great story floating around in his head.