Joan Mauch has a varied background ranging from teaching and working for nonprofit organizations advocating for the poor, to a career in marketing and public relations. Over the years her nonfiction has appeared in a wide variety of publications. Joan has been composing fiction for over a decade. She works part time as a proofreader at the Moline Dispatch/Rock Island Argus newspapers in Moline, Illinois. Joan has a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and a master’s degree in urban studies. A resident of Davenport, Iowa, she’s working on her next novel. Her son, Benjamin, is a photojournalist in Tampa, Florida.
Eleanor Hurley is a woman leading a life of quiet desperation when a single moment of violence changes everything. Eleanor kills a homicidal man to save a group of children. With this lethal act she is released from her former existence, yet her freedom comes with a price: Eleanor’s not repulsed by her capacity for violence, but rather exhilarated by her unsuspected power to take a life.
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