Gerrie Ferris Finger

Biography

Gerrie Ferris Finger writes: "I grew up in Missouri, then moved south to join The Atlanta Journal-Constitution staff. I researched and edited the columns of humorist Lewis Grizzard and co-wrote a news column with another reporter for three years.
"Lewis became my mentor, and when he passed away, I joined the newspapers’ Southern Task Force. As a reporter, I traveled the Tobacco Roads of Georgia, Virginia and Alabama, and the narrow, historic streets of New Orleans. I wrote about Natchez, Mississippi’s unique history, Florida’s diverse population, and the Outer Banks struggle to keep the Cape Hatteras light house from toppling into the sea. Also, I served on the National News Desk and on the City Desk’s City Life section.
"Since I covered crime for the newspaper, I turned to crime fiction when I retired. In 2009, I won The Malice Domestic/St. Martin’s Minotaur Best First Traditional Novel Competition for The End Game, released by St. Martin’s Minotaur in 2010.
"Real crime is sordid, with no romance or redeeming features. Justice often doesn’t prevail. Real people go back to miserable lives. In writing fiction, I can make the good guys winners and the bad guys get what they deserve.

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Series

Moriah Dru: Child Trace
The Moriah Dru/Richard Lake series is a series of novels by author Gerrie Ferris Finger, a retired American journalist. The mystery novel series features Moriah Dru, a former police detective now running Child Trace Inc, a lost child finding service. Set in Atlanta, Dru works in conjunction with Atlanta P.D. lieutenant Richard Lake. Their romantic relationship occasionally hinders an investigation, but when they set their sites on the solution to a mystery, they prove an unbeatable team.
The End Game
Price: $2.99 USD.
The Last Temptation
Price: $2.99 USD.
The Devil Laughed
Price: $2.99 USD.
Murmurs of Insanity
Price: $3.99 USD.
Running With Wild Blood
Price: $2.99 USD.
Wolf's Clothing
Price: $2.99 USD.

Books

The Devil Laughed
Series: Moriah Dru: Child Trace. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 78,990. Language: English. Published: December 23, 2021 by Bold Venture Press. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
A 13-year old prodigy hires Child Trace to find her mother, after she went missing while partying on a sailboat in Lake Lanier in the mountains of North Georgia.
Murmurs of Insanity
Series: Moriah Dru: Child Trace. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 82,200. Language: English. Published: December 22, 2021 by Bold Venture Press. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Child Trace is on the job again, but Moriah Dru has her hands full. The whole mess begins when teenager Johndro Phillips goes missing after witnessing a drug deal turn to murder. Richard Lake's ex-wife is searching for her half-brother, while police disregard an art student's disappearance as a "Conceptual Art Performance."
No Stranger to Murder
Series: Moriah Dru: Child Trace. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 94,160. Language: English. Published: October 20, 2020 by Bold Venture Press. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
The Appalachian Trail is 2,200 miles long, passing through 14 different states … Plenty of distance for two young women to go missing. Soft-drink tycoon Alistair MacDunnich hires Moriah Dru, Child Trace, to learn the truth about their deaths. Was a homeless vagrant, long since executed, actually the killer? Or could the murderer still be alive and planning to wed MacDunnich’s daughter?
Colors of Blood
Series: Moriah Dru: Child Trace. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 98,140. Language: English. Published: July 15, 2019 by Bold Venture Press. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
The Loblolly Farm is a good place to go missing, especially when their horses run at major tracks like Belmont and Saratoga. The disappearance of an orphaned exercise rider prompts Evangeline — young, sassy, and filthy rich — to saunter into Moriah Dru’s office. Despite their reservations, Dru and Lt. Richard Lake are soon orbiting the equestrian world where corruption and murder fester.
Running With Wild Blood
Series: Moriah Dru: Child Trace. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 85,190. Language: English. Published: March 29, 2019 by Bold Venture Press. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Richard Lake of the Atlanta Police Department gets a cold case when a witness regains his memory. Lake recruits Moriah Dru, owner and CEO of Child Trace, to look into the murder of Juliet Trapp‚ a 16-year old last seen on her way to "Bike Week" with an outlaw motorcycle gang.
The End Game
Series: Moriah Dru: Child Trace. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 74,620. Language: English. Published: March 9, 2019 by Bold Venture Press. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Arson and kidnapping pull Moriah Dru, owner of Child Trace, and Lieutenant Richard Lake away from a quiet getaway. After a smoldering house is searched, authorities learn two sisters are missing. Dru and Lake's investigation points to a secret sex organization, and the chase is on the checkmate the "King" and "Queen" before they jump to safety overseas out of Lake's jurisdiction.
The Last Temptation
Series: Moriah Dru: Child Trace. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 92,650. Language: English. Published: September 29, 2018 by Bold Venture Press. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
During a fierce custody battle, recovering addict Eileen Cameron and her daughter Kinley Whitney vanish into the night. The estranged husband, Bradley Whitney, insists Eileen has taken their daughter to hide with the Indians in the desert. Moriah Dru of Child Trace is hired to locate the girl and her home — but Dru is wary of the husband’s claims.
Wolf's Clothing
Series: Moriah Dru: Child Trace. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 91,930. Language: English. Published: May 29, 2018 by Bold Venture Press. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
The seventh in the Moriah Dru / Richard Lake series begins when Atlanta’s famous police dog, Buddy, is stolen from his handler’s SUV. The community howls in anguish over the canine’s disappearance, and soon A.P.D. Lieutenant Richard Lake is on the hunt with his lover, P.I. Moriah Dru. The trail leads to an investment scam, dubbed The Wolves of Atlanta, and a mega-church’s finances.