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The 5th Estate, by Steven R. Berger

Posted on October 31, 2013 | in NEW BOOKS | by

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The 5th Estate
by Steven R. Berger


A late night knock sends writer SEBASTIAN WREN mentally back 30-some years because the woman at the door resembles his former lover, MORGAN O’CONNOR. It is Morgan’s born-out-of-wedlock daughter CHELSEA. She came to solicit Sebastian’s help to get back her kidnapped mother. Sebastian realizes Chelsea could not be his daughter, but the twin mysteries of her parentage and her mother’s abduction, along with a scant clue on a cell phone, send the pair to L.A. where Sebastian is reunited with several old friends from his college days.

The reunion introduces friends to help the pair on their journey. A phone call demands a ransom to be paid in Seattle––where Morgan had moved to ensure Chelsea’s father would have no knowledge of her. The couple trek up north only to face kidnappers that manage to pull a switch; Morgan is free, but Chelsea becomes captive, and the action switches back to L.A. where a plot more sinister than kidnapping and simple ransom is finally revealed.

“A clever, entertaining, plot-twister! The Fifth Estate begins when an aging hippie goes missing, then takes an exciting plunge down memory lane that will leave the songs of the Beatles, Janis Joplin and other greats of the era ringing in your head. Steven R. Berger has written a not-to-be-missed debut mystery.”

––Margaret Coel, author of the Wind River mystery series.

“Mystery novels aren’t known for their charm, until The Fifth Estate. A magical trip down the rabbit hole into the wonderland of the Sixties and Seventies, with all your friends; then emerging into the “reality” of The Fifth Estate. Very worth the read.”

––Wick Downing whose award-winning, mystery-suspense novels range from The Player, published in 1974 to his latest, The Trials of Kate Hope .

“A clever, intelligent, literary crime novel with something for everyone—the 60s, rock and roll, today’s techy existence, with a twist that adds an international flavor. Savor the read!”

––Christine Goff, author of the bestselling Birdwatcher’s Mystery series.

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