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Lori Duffy Foster

... write to think; think to write.

Spring Melt

Never Broken: A Lisa Jamison Mystery

A novel by Lori Duffy Foster


The near-corpse of a stranger had no idea where he’d been, how long he’d been there or who had kept him captive. But one thing intrigued journalist Lisa Jamison even more than his story: recent memories of a woman named Chandra Bower.


Seven years had passed since Chandra had disappeared from Seneca Springs without a trace. Police investigators still pulled her dental records whenever an unidentified body appeared, hoping to at least bring her family closure. Lisa still chased down leads from desperate family and friends, being careful to hide her investigations from an editor who thought she’d become obsessed with a woman who was clearly dead.


But this man had just seen her, sewing designer clothes in a dark, filthy basement with about forty other men and women under conditions unheard of in the United States since slavery was abolished in 1865. And the sweatshop workers all had one thing in common. They were black.


A split-second decision to help the man takes Lisa on a race against time. His captors want him back, there is evidence someone on the police force might be involved and the man knows that if he were recaptured, they would torture him until he revealed the names of the two people who helped him escape: Lisa Jamison and Chandra Bower.


Lisa promised her teenaged daughter she would stay away from the dangerous stories ever since her job had nearly gotten them both killed two years before. But she no longer has a choice. She must keep the stranger hidden while she gathers enough evidence to turn the case over to city police or the FBI. At least three lives – her own, the stranger’s and Chandra’s – depend on it.