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BOOK NEWS – Death Dealer

December 3, 2014  By Morley Lymburner

Author: Kate Flora

A new book release on a murder investigation in the Miramichi region of New Brunswick that kept investigators perplexed for over seven years.The book itself appears to be a good teaching aid for cops as well as an entertaining read for public consumption. What follows is the promotional description of the book as supplied through the author, Kate Flora, and New Horizon Press.

“When Miramichi, New Brunswick resident Maria Tanasichuk’s husband David reports her missing, the local police force is perplexed: they have a close relationship with the Tanasichuks and know David as a loving and supportive husband, yet his account of Maria’s disappearance contains disturbing inconsistencies. Through conversations with Maria’s many friends and loved ones in Miramichi’s small, close-knit community, the police soon discover that David has been using drugs heavily and Maria’s efforts to stop him have frayed the marriage. Witnesses report he has been selling Maria’s belongings to support his drug use, has been involved with another woman, and has engaged in suspicious, nighttime comings-and-goings. Further disclosures suggest that he played a role not only in Maria’s disappearance, but also in several unsolved murders.

“David’s clever, deceptive ways – combined with the fact that they cannot locate Maria’s body — make it impossible for the Miramichi police to prove their suspicions. As signs that David may in fact be a dangerous killer mount, the cops tracking him fear, rightly, that at any moment he could unleash his vengeful violence on their families. Only when they enlist the help of the Maine Warden Service, with their trained cadaver dogs and dedicated handlers, are Miramichi’s police officers able to finally undertake the long and gruelling search for the evidence they need: Maria’s body.”

The author, Kate Flora, is the award-winning mystery and true crime author of 14 books, including the true crime story and the novel , both forthcoming in the fall of 2014. Her book (true crime), co-written with a Portland, Maine deputy police chief, was a 2007 Edgar Award nominee. Kate’s other titles include the mysteries and the starred-review police series, the third of which, , won the 2013 Maine Literary Award for Crime Fiction.

No novice or neophyte, Kate is a former Maine assistant attorney general in the areas of battered children and employment discrimination. You may read more about the author and how to obtain the book by going to the author’s web site at

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