Book: Painted Black (Street Stories Book 1) by Debra R. Boryscategories: Book, Homelessness, Chicago, Graffiti, Street Kids, Mystery, Suspense
Debra R. Borysabout this book: No one puts out an Amber Alert when a homeless kid goes missing. No parents—if any even exist—go on television to beg for snippets of information to help them find their child. Neighbors and police and strangers with dogs do not go out beating the bushes—not when the missing youth lives on the streets, does drugs, and is a prostitute.
When 15-year-old Lexie Green disappears, the only one who cares at first is her friend Christopher Robert Young, a graffiti artist with CRY as his tag. For one thing, he believes it's his fault. For another, he knows from experience that you have to watch your friends' backs sometimes, if you want to have someone who will watch yours.
So Chris is suspicious, at first, when Chicago reporter Jo Sullivan takes an interest in finding out what happened to Lexie. Then he learns that Jo is also haunted by her own dark past and the missing girl's bottomless brown eyes. They must learn to trust each other as they follow a path littered with corpses, corporate greed and one man's private collection of freeze-dried cadavers.
• "The characters were true to life and leapt out of the page at me, at times their pain was tangible." — Kim Tomsett-Fowler at Wistfulskimmie's Book Reviews
• "There isn't a part of this book you don't feel, it reaches into your core" — Darian Wilk, author of Love Unfinished
• "Painted Black has a Silence of the Lambs feeling about it ... there's something dark and ominous going on here." — Quinn Barrett, Wise Bear Books
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Video 1: Debra R. Borys spoke at the Princeton (IL) Public Library
Video 2: Meet Debra Borys, Author of Painted Black
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