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When 34-year-old forensic sculptor Jessica Sanford of Portland, Oregon, completes a forensic facial reconstruction on unidentified remains found in a forest grave, she discovers that she has a shocking personal connection to the victim. Jessica is then driven to identify the victim, to confirm their relationship, and to deliver justice for her death.
Adopted as an infant, Jessica cleverly exploits connections with other adoptees and their families in her quest for the victim’s identity. Once she understands her link to the victim, Jessica finds herself more immersed in this case than in anything she has done before. Those involved in the apparent homicide are still out there—and Jessica intends to find them. Her relationships, her career, and her life are at risk as she strives to reconstruct the victim’s last days.
Not just about uncovering a crime and hunting the suspects, "The Reconstruction" is also about a young woman’s search for her own identity. Though the reader knows from the outset who the victim is and who was involved with her death, Jessica does not. The reader accompanies Jessica as she applies all of her skills and all of her smarts to try to solve the mystery of a lifetime.
"The Reconstruction" will appeal to readers who enjoy suspenseful mysteries, forensics procedurals, and novels featuring a strong female protagonist.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Karl Wiegers has a PhD in organic chemistry. He spent the first half of his career at Kodak as a research scientist, software developer, software manager, and process improvement leader. Since 1997, Karl has been Principal Consultant at Process Impact, his own software-development consulting and training company.
In addition to “The Reconstruction,” Karl is the author of seven popular books and numerous articles on software development and management, as well as a memoir of life lessons, “Pearls from Sand.” Three of his books have won awards, most recently an Excellence Award from the Society for Technical Communication for “Software Requirements, 3rd Edition.” “The Reconstruction” is his first novel.
Karl lives in Happy Valley, Oregon, with his wife, Chris, and five guitars. He enjoys writing and recording songs in numerous genres, just for fun. You can contact him at www.thereconstructionbook.com or at www.karlwiegers.com.