“A genre-defying series…Beier’s narrative range is formidable, weaving a tapestry of multiple characters and plot tributaries…[His] engrossing storytelling leaves many questions intriguingly unsettled.” – Publishers Weekly
THE CONFESSIONS OF JONATHAN FLITE
Jonathan Flite claims to have memories he can’t explain. Seven layers of them, to be exact, all belonging to a group of teenagers who disappeared from a place called Idle County in 2010—ten years before his birth. Seventeen years of anxiety, violent outbursts, and refusal to admit he is lying have landed him at Crescent Rehabilitation Center, a seaside juvenile center for rich kids, and nobody has ever dared to believe his memories might be real.
Until now. On a blustery November day just three months after a nuclear terrorist attack in Geneva, Switzerland, ex-CIA psychiatrist Thomas Lumen arrives at Crescent to interview Jonathan for a book about Idle County. Fueled by his personal connection to the disappearances three decades earlier, he asks Jonathan to share what he knows—anything and everything.
By reigniting this thirty-year-old mystery, however, Jonathan inadvertently becomes a target of the very same religious terrorists who attacked Geneva, and they’ll stop at nothing to keep the secrets of Idle County under wraps. Jonathan must then make a choice: to continue telling his story, or risk the safety of everyone he loves.
THE RELEASE OF JONATHAN FLITE
Jonathan Flite wants to disappear. Apart from being Rhode Island’s infamous nurse killer about to walk free, he’s also facing more public scrutiny than ever before. The FBI has begun taking his connection to the long-lost Idle County Seven seriously, drawing links between people Jonathan claims to remember and last summer’s nuclear terrorist attack in Geneva, Switzerland. Furthermore, the perpetrator from last fall’s murders at Crescent Rehabilitation Center is still at large, leaving a number of questions unanswered about how and why the crimes might have been linked to the events in Europe.
When an anonymous stranger begins sending Jonathan letters encouraging him to tell the truth about the Idle County Seven mystery, his loved ones brace themselves for the onslaught of attention it might bring. As media reports creep toward the truth, the scientific and religious implications of Jonathan’s psychological condition begin to pique public interest—and expose those who would resort to violence in order to keep them under wraps.