City of Masks:

A Cree Black Thriller

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Introducing Cree Black, a parapsychologist with a haunted past.

When Lila Beauforte takes up residence in her ancestral home, the 150-year-old Beauforte House in the Garden District of New Orleans, she is terrified by ghostly apparitions. The family reluctantly calls Cree Black for help. Based out of Seattle, Cree, a parapsychologist with a degree from Harvard, is a “ghost buster.” But as Cree gets closer to the truth, the proverbial skeletons in the closet of the prestigious Beauforte family come crashing down on her, and she must struggle to keep her own ghosts at bay.

Daniel Hecht has created a plausible, heart-stopping ghost thriller. Relying on the science of parapsychology to spine-tingling effect, he brings to life a remarkably compelling character in Cree Black—as well as the ghosts she confronts.

Editorial Reviews

“[Fields] uses an impressive  variety of bayou accents to distinguish the other New Orleanians—from the good ol’ boy gruffness of Lila’s worried husband to the cultured, iron magnolia locutions of her aristocratic mother.”

Publishers Weekly

“A superb thriller…Because the author deliberately downplays sensationalism, the book’s premise—that ghosts really do exist—seems, even to this confirmed skeptic, surprisingly, uneasily possible.”

Cleveland Plain Dealer

“Anna Fields performs this plunge into a closet of family skeletons with conviction. As ghosts terrorize Lila and Cree, Anna Fields keeps the listener in thrall. Her characterizations are original, ranging from masked Mardi Gras monsters and juju women to hysterical victims and diabolical connivers…Fields is top-notch.”

AudioFile

“This is a genuine creepfest—a contemporary ghost story blending parapsychology and the steamy exoticism of New Orleans…highly enjoyable.”

Library Journal

“Anna Fields gives the smart, crisp dialog a spirited reading, seamlessly shifting between ‘N’Arluns’ yokels and ‘Noo Yawk’ locals.”

Library Journal (audio review)

“The authentic, supernatural locale contributes the requisite spooky atmosphere—think Anne Rice at her least histrionic—and the eccentric characters are well drawn and believable.”

Booklist

“Reader Fields’ fully voiced performance is so strong that it’s easy to forget that this is a work of fiction.” 

Kliatt

“Sharp, fast, and deft, a gripping story that, with the skill of a Wallenda, walks the tightrope between the real and the supernatural.”

Kirkus Reviews

Author Biography

Daniel Hecht was a professional guitarist for twenty years. He took up writing in 1989 and received his MFA degree from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop in 1992. His first novel, Skull Session, was a bestseller. He lives in Montpelier, Vermont.

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Kate Fleming (a.k.a. Anna Fields) (1965–2006), winner of more than a dozen Earphones Awards and the prestigious Audie Award in 2004, was one of the most respected narrators in the industry. Trained at the Actors Theatre of Louisville, she was also a director, producer, and technician at her own studio, Cedar House Audio.

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