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Zanne Marie Dyer

Author of Dark Motives

Zanne Marie Dyer is a first-time, fiction novelist who lives in Daytona Beach, Florida, with her husband. Though her career in Clinical Christian Counseling was satisfying, she became increasingly interested in court-appointed cases, and the psychology of criminal minds. She finally gave into her dream to write crime suspense novels, leaving her former career behind. She found both the skills and support for this move from the members of Word Weavers International, an organization that works to advance Christian writers. Suzanne’s knowledge of psychology, human behavior, and the criminal mind lends itself to a unique understanding of characterization in her novel. Though her first passion is writing, other interests include painting ocean scenes, beach combing for shells used in jewelry crafting, and watching old black and white movie classics . . . but naturally, crime shows are a big favorite. Her husband, Craig Dyer, is a successful criminal trial attorney who is eager to jump in and add his knowledge of legal and criminal procedure to her writing. With a life-time of Christian ministry to help lost souls, from bikers to bankers, both she and her husband, have made a surprising discovery: The healthier and happier a person is, the lighter and more transparent they are; but the meaner and sicker of soul, the more darkly complex they become. Her novel Dark Motives, and its mix of colorful characters, is a quest to help unveil the sinister secrets of a mind without God.

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Zanne Marie Dyer

Author of Dark Motives

Zanne Marie Dyer is a first-time, fiction novelist who lives in Daytona Beach, Florida, with her husband. Though her career in Clinical Christian Counseling was satisfying, she became increasingly interested in court-appointed cases, and the psychology of criminal minds. She finally gave into her dream to write crime suspense novels, leaving her former career behind. She found both the skills and support for this move from the members of Word Weavers International, an organization that works to advance Christian writers. Suzanne’s knowledge of psychology, human behavior, and the criminal mind lends itself to a unique understanding of characterization in her novel. Though her first passion is writing, other interests include painting ocean scenes, beach combing for shells used in jewelry crafting, and watching old black and white movie classics . . . but naturally, crime shows are a big favorite. Her husband, Craig Dyer, is a successful criminal trial attorney who is eager to jump in and add his knowledge of legal and criminal procedure to her writing. With a life-time of Christian ministry to help lost souls, from bikers to bankers, both she and her husband, have made a surprising discovery: The healthier and happier a person is, the lighter and more transparent they are; but the meaner and sicker of soul, the more darkly complex they become. Her novel Dark Motives, and its mix of colorful characters, is a quest to help unveil the sinister secrets of a mind without God.

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DARK MOTIVES

Abduction, Murder, and Crimes of the Heart. A Detective Finds More Than He Bargained For.

Dark Motives is the story of a self-reliant homicide detective who, while tracking down a young girl’s killer, begins to grapple with hard questions. He struggles not only with the reality of evil and its victims, but his own feelings of powerlessness to protect his children. He begins to realize that though he is skillful at uncovering criminal motives, he is blind to the internal forces that are driving him to embrace a secret life.  He must finally ask himself who is in charge—God or himself?

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Dark Motives

Homicide detective Jet Wholeman, is assigned to a case involving the abduction and murder of a young girl. Initially, the prime suspect of the investigation is a pastor of a large local church, but the twists and turns of a staged crime scene, forensic evidence and new leads, reveal a different picture. Detective Wholeman and his partner, Tina Serwathka, make an effective team but they are unprepared for the path this homicide hunt takes them. The investigation unexpectedly brings them into the dark underworld of terrorism where they come face to face with the stark reality of evil. While the police force and FBI work to unravel the abduction/homicide case, a separate terrorist plot on a local level is developing. Its goal is to bring nuclear devastation to the United States. Unknown to the task forces involved, the murder case and the terrorist plot are strangely connected. It is also discovered that the leader of the terrorist operation does not fit the typical terrorist profile; he has his own separate and disturbing agenda.
Throughout the investigation, Wholeman struggles to keep a balance between his career and problematic marriage. As emotions rise, he is forced to look beyond the everyday causes and motives of crime to his own personal failings, and crimes of the heart. Ignoring the rising tension between he and his wife, he continues to justify hidden areas of his life.
Jet’s work brings him into frequent contact with the news media, but, one seductive journalist is capturing more and more of his time. While he has convinced himself that this relationship is harmless, his conscience begins to have an unwelcome awakening as he realizes that this, and other behavior, has jeopardized his marriage.
Tina, a committed Christian, tries to help keep Wholeman morally grounded but her attempts are met with a cavalier attitude. As the detectives grapple with the cause and effect of evil, Tina finds answers in a higher power while Jet continues to stumble over a belief in total self-reliance. As his marriage deteriorates, the realization dawns that his life philosophy is no longer working. As an up-close witness to the collateral damage of a cruel and seemingly pointless crime, Wholeman is faced with hard spiritual questions. A supernatural experience leaves Jet wondering if he needs more than just himself to overcome the mounting problems that must be confronted.
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