Lost Souls by Lisa Jackson

Lisa Jackson can’t keep away from murderers, especially serial killers. She’s been killing people everywhere from Savannah , New Orleans and Baton Rouge to San Francisco and the Pacific Northwest —and it’s been worth it. Her readers come back again and and again, and again, and her novels are fixtures on national bestseller lists.

In fact, her book Fatal Burn was a number one New York Times paperback bestseller, and the first two of her novels to be published in hardcover, Shiver and Absolute Fear, were in the top five on the New York Times Best Sellers list. Next, readers will be looking for LOST SOULS, just published in hardcover by Kensington Books to go on sale March 25th.

Having made serial killing her business—sort of—she has put her characters through the wringer. They have been up to their necks in danger and stared death, usually a pretty gory one, right in the face. She continues to be fascinated by the minds and motives of both her killers and their pursuers—the personal, the professional and the downright twisted. As she creates the puzzle of relationships, actions, clues, lies and personal histories that haunt her protagonists, she must conversely confront the fear and terror faced by her victims, and the harsh and enduring truth that, in the real world, horror and madness touch far too many lives and families.

Lisa began writing at the urging of her sister, novelist Nancy Bush. Inspired by the success of authors she admired and the burgeoning market for romance fiction at the time, Nancy was convinced they could work together and succeed. They sat down, determined to write and to be published.

They did and they were.

Initially they wrote together. Later, they moved in different directions. Lisa brought more and more suspense to her work and began writing much darker stories. Nancy ’s writing expanded to include not just her own novels, including her highly praised Jane Kelly Mysteries, such as the recently published Ultraviolet, Electric Blue and Candy Apple Red, but she also spent several years writing for one of television’s leading soap operas, even transplanting herself for a time from the sisters’ Pacific Northwest roots to Manhattan . This year, they plan to work together again on a thriller set for publication in 2009.

Meanwhile, for Lisa the killing goes on as this mother, daughter, workaholic and amazing writer pursues her habit of making the hair stand up on the back of readers’ necks, and landing her books on The New York Times, the USA Today, and the Publishers Weekly national best seller lists.

Lisa Jackson’s novels include the upcoming LOST SOULS and the best sellers Absolute Fear, which will be published in paperback for the first time in March, Hot Blooded, Cold Blooded, The Night Before, The Morning After, Deep Freeze, Fatal Burn, and Almost Dead. Last year, Most Likely to Die, written by Lisa, Beverly Barton and Wendy Corsi Staub was published and became a number three New York Times paperback bestseller. She is a member of the Mystery Writers of America, the International Thriller Writers and the Romance Writers of America .

Lost Souls Synopsis:

Jackson takes readers to Baton Rouge and All Saints College, where Kristi Bentz has returned to finish her degree. At least that’s partly true. She’s not lying, but she also has no intention of telling her father, homicide detective Rick Bentz, his second wife, Olivia, or anyone else—including Bentz’s irreverent partner Reuben Montoya—her deeper motive. She’s determined to write an important true crime book, and doesn’t care if it ends up being dangerous. And that’s despite the fact that she’s lucky to be alive, having come close to death at the hands of one of her father’s suspects.

Fascinated by the minds of killers, certain she can reach her goal, Kristi doesn’t understand why her own father won’t bend to help her with leads and access. She’s tired of everyone acting as if she can’t take care of herself. She’ll do it on her own, starting by investigating a trail of missing women with two things in common: all were troubled and vulnerable lost souls with no real family ties or anyone who would look for them if they disappeared—and each is connected to All Saints.


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Posted on August 25, 2008, in Book Synopsis. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Good to hear Kristi explaining her own motivations and her thoughts about the power she’s developed. I like the concept of speaking directly to a fictional character.

    One of these days I’ll pick up another mystery but I haven’t read one for years. I just wish I could feel involved enough in mysteries and murders to write one, they seem to engage many of us so deeply. Maybe an un-murder — the news items that get my attention are those about false convictions.

    Christopher Hoare

  2. I believe talking directly to characters helps them shine above and beyond what they show in the books they are in. I always like seeing them ‘out and about’.

    I’ve found myself growing fond of mysteries. I never read them before, but since becoming a reviewer, I have needed to.

    I like your idea of the un-murder.

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