A Crime Novel
Inspired by a true cold-case homicide.
(From Amazon) On a summer morning in 1966, fourteen-year old Michael Fisher set out on his paper route in Superior, Wisconsin and disappeared. That night his body was found in a grassy ditch on a remote road, but to date his killer is unknown. Now, after years of research and dead ends, longtime Superior resident Judith Liebaert commemorates the Fisher case with a murder mystery of her own imagination. “Sins of the Fathers” is set in her childhood hometown and begins fifty years after the unsolved homicide of young Thomas Baker. Her debut novel is pure, fast-paced crime fiction—from the opening scene where a shadowy, old killer confronts a second victim, to the surprising end when both murders are finally solved, in a way nobody expected.
“Sins Of The Fathers tells the story of a small town murder so shocking that it still haunts the people who live there a half century later. The crime has woven itself into the fabric of the place and taken on the proportions of an urban legend. For one woman, it’s a crime she is determined to solve, if for no other purpose that to offer it up for her father’s approval, and perhaps redemption.”
~ Judith Liebaert
Praise for Sins Of The Fathers
“Fast paced edge-of-your-seat suspense. I couldn’t put it down once I began reading. The dialogue between characters is brilliant! It made me feel I was right there, a part of the action. Anyone who is familiar with Superior, Wisconsin will instantly be transported to some famous landmarks and recall the notorious 50-year-old unsolved homicide investigation that inspired this fictional tale, and the effect that shocking crime had on the town. The multitude of sins of the various “fathers” and the unexptected twists in the plot kept me guessing to the end.
~Detective Sgt. Ed Anderson, Forensics Specialist (ret’d.)
A Chilling, Twisting Puzzle
on January 11, 2017
Format: Kindle Edition
Judith Liebaert’s Sins of the Fathers is a modern who-done-it written with the captivating voice and feel of an old, hard-boiled detective story. Liebaert deftly handles the intertwining mystery of a cold case murder from years gone by with a gruesome new case bearing startling similarities. Is it a copycat murder, or has the same killer returned to the scene of the crime after all these years? Smack in the middle of the gruesome discovery is a lady news reporter trying to get the scoop and solve the mystery, yet she may be tied more dangerously close to the twisting puzzle than she realizes.From the very beginning, the story is both gripping and chilling, and the dialogue between the players clips along at a nice crackle as relationships unfold and a killer is slowly revealed. If you enjoy a well-written, small town detective story, you’ll like Sins of the Fathers.
on October 10, 2016
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Judith weaves a page-turner of a tale that gives Thomas Baker something the inspiration for this story never got, and likely never will without a deathbed confession, according to the Superior police detective who successfully brought two murderers to justice—a decade and two decades after they committed their respective crimes.
Short stories and prose appear in:
- The Northern Reader
- Gypsy Cab
- Aqueous Magazine
- Oatmeal and Poetry
(previously published in Aqueous Magazine)