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Have you read: Childhood incidents inspired murder mystery

“Deadly Dreams and Desires” by J. Henning

Author Jody Henning has created a real “grabber” for her first novel. “Deadly Dreams and Desire” is based on actual experiences in her life growing up in Northern California in the 1970s through the early 1980s. But, how much is real and what has been embellished for the story line?

As the protagonist, Alex, takes detectives Tulley and Saunders and the reader on an emotional journey through her past, she relives her nightmares and confesses to the ultimate revenge of murder for those who crossed her path. Her list is long, her confessions explicit and brutal, but not everything is as it seems as Alex confesses her sins.

In their wildest dreams the detectives never thought they would be on her side. They never imagined they would be trying to help a “cop killer” escape the gas chamber.

Though “Deadly Dreams and Desires” is not an autobiography, the characters are real. Names have been changed to protect the guilty. The facts have been embellished to some degree to create a story, and a lot of fiction has been thrown in for content.

It took Henning about eight years to write the book. She said that she began by putting down on paper incidents in her childhood that had continually bothered and literally haunted her for years. It soon evolved into a murder mystery. The characters are in essence real. The events leading up to each murder are not real, and each and every person in the novel is still alive and kicking as far as she knows.

The novel contains graphic violence, language and sex – all of which combine to make an intriguing and exciting book full of twists, turns and surprises. The “murders” are innovative and each one fits the victim. Henning tried to pick fitting deaths for each individual – a punishment or death that matched the crime they had committed.

The author said that writing the book has been a great release and a way to get even without getting arrested.

After all these years she can finally put her childhood behind her and move on with her life.

She resided at South Lake Tahoe for 12 years in the mid-1980s and ’90s, working at several different jobs. She and her husband of 26 years, Donnie, now make their home in Fernley, with their two boxers, Popeye and Olive Oyle. The dogs are Ed and Trixie in the book.

“Deadly Dreams and Desires” can be found on Barnes and Noble.com, Amazon. com, Walden Books.com and Borders.com, and will be available during Henning’s booksigning May 6 at Neighbors Bookstore in the Village Center, South Lake Tahoe.

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