The Passerby by Thomas Ray Crowel
Approx. 86,630 words.
Published on December 28, 2011.
Eleven-year-old Trudie Brice is strangled to death in her home two weeks before Christmas, 1986. The crime goes unsolved. Twenty years later, writer Ray Krouse is looking for material for his next book and is mysteriously drawn to the little girl's gravesite. Ray contacts the man he believes to be the girl's killer. Can Ray convince the killer to step forward and confess? Inspired by true events.