Through Violet Eyes

Mass Market Paperback $7.99

Aug 31, 2004 | 368 Pages

Ebook $1.99

Aug 31, 2004

  • Ebook $1.99

    Aug 31, 2004

Praise

"Chilling … Shades of Minority Report and The Eyes of Laura Mars … tantalizing puzzle rife with red herrings, one made all the more entertaining by brisk pacing and strong internal logic."
Publishers Weekly

Author Q&A

Stephen Woodworth

The idea for Throught Violet Eyes occurred to me after watching far too many true-crime shows on cable. Inevitably, whenever these shows depict an unsolved cold case file, the host will come on at the end and in a grim, hard-boiled baritone say something like "The only people who will ever really know what happened on that fateful night are the killer . . . and the victims." And I got to wondering: What if a detective could interview a murder’s ultimate witness? Indeed, what if this became standard procedure, and victims could even accuse their killers in court? Could someone still get away with murder in such a world? Would the dead be any more reliable than a living witness? Or would they merely add their own prejudices, misconceptions, and hidden agendas to a homicide investigation?

I also wondered about the psychics giftedor cursedwith the ability to channel these lost souls. What would it be like for them to experience the final torment and anguish of a killer’s prey firsthand, not just once, but again and again and again? How would they live with such a burden?
From such speculation were born the Violetsa group of violet-eyed mediums, rare genetic anomalies who are prized by society for their abilities yet shunned as freakish reminders of human mortality.

As I started writing, I began to contemplate the dramatic possibilities offered by a world in which the door between the living and the dead is left open. Here is an alternate reality in which one could buy a freshly painted Picasso or a CD of a symphony that Beethoven composed from beyond the grave. A place where the dead can guide avaricious archaeologists to hunt for hidden treasure. A world in whichfor a priceone could make amends with estranged family members who have passed on.

I explore these possibilities and others in Throught Violet Eyes, its sequel With Red Hands (02/05), and future volumes in the Violet series. This world has captivated my imagination, and I hope it will also have you wanting to see "through Violet eyes" for years to come.

 

Stephen Woodworth

The idea for Throught Violet Eyes occurred to me after watching far too many true-crime shows on cable. Inevitably, whenever these shows depict an unsolved cold case file, the host will come on at the end and in a grim, hard-boiled baritone say something like "The only people who will ever really know what happened on that fateful night are the killer . . . and the victims." And I got to wondering: What if a detective could interview a murder’s ultimate witness? Indeed, what if this became standard procedure, and victims could even accuse their killers in court? Could someone still get away with murder in such a world? Would the dead be any more reliable than a living witness? Or would they merely add their own prejudices, misconceptions, and hidden agendas to a homicide investigation?

I also wondered about the psychics giftedor cursedwith the ability to channel these lost souls. What would it be like for them to experience the final torment and anguish of a killer’s prey firsthand, not just once, but again and again and again? How would they live with such a burden?
From such speculation were born the Violetsa group of violet-eyed mediums, rare genetic anomalies who are prized by society for their abilities yet shunned as freakish reminders of human mortality.

As I started writing, I began to contemplate the dramatic possibilities offered by a world in which the door between the living and the dead is left open. Here is an alternate reality in which one could buy a freshly painted Picasso or a CD of a symphony that Beethoven composed from beyond the grave. A place where the dead can guide avaricious archaeologists to hunt for hidden treasure. A world in whichfor a priceone could make amends with estranged family members who have passed on.

I explore these possibilities and others in Throught Violet Eyes, its sequel With Red Hands (02/05), and future volumes in the Violet series. This world has captivated my imagination, and I hope it will also have you wanting to see "through Violet eyes" for years to come.


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