“In this fascinating contemporary paranormal mystery, Obey deftly combines political intrigue, tests of ethics, and the danger of miracles.”
When Professor Clare Malley, a medievalist teaching at a Catholic university in New York City, is asked to discover why sixteen-year-old Jonas Crosswell did not die in a drug-related shoot-out at a neighborhood church, the last thing she expects is a modern-day miracle. But how else to explain how the boy survived multiple gunshot wounds? Was it a miracle performed by the mysterious Father Enoch? Or did St. Lazarus himself intervene? And what does Jonas’s experience have to do with Sean, the troubled heir to a pharmaceutical fortune who vanished after he was also supposedly miraculously cured? When Clare tries to discover whether there is a connection between Jonas and Sean, she uncovers an all-too-real, unholy conspiracy to use neighborhood drug dealers as unknowing guinea pigs. Sean may be the only one who can answer her questions and the only one who can truly touch her heart.
There are three places you can find Erica when she’s not writing: on a hiking trail, in her garden, or at the back of the pack in her local road race. Her favorite kind of vacation is backpacking across Dartmoor or among the hills of Wales in order to find new and exciting legends about Druids, fairy folk and unsolved mysteries to inspire her own writing. After she graduated from Yale University, this interest in folkore and legend led her to an M.A. in Creative Writing from City College of New York and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the City University of New York, where she published articles and a book about female folklorists of the nineteenth century before she decided she’d rather be writing the stories herself.
Along with their macaw Fasolt and a rotating assortment of cats, she and her husband divide their time between New York City and Woodstock, where they spend far too much time gardening – growing native woodland plants, roses, and old-fashioned cottage favorites, while fighting the chipmunks for the fruits of their kitchen garden – and losing. She is passionately committed to finding new and exciting recipes and eating with the seasons, although it’s abundantly clear that if she and her husband actually have to live off the land, they’d die. Check out some pictures on her website, beginning on St. David’s Day (Mar.1.)
As for her supremely untalented running, well, it gives her a chance to relax and think about her novels, even if, when she’s training for a marathon, it literally takes all day – as does walking the 2 miles back and forth from her apartment in Manhattan to Fordham University, where she teaches writing.