A Black Deeper Than Death (Miki Radicci Book 1): Miki Radicci Book 1

A Black Deeper Than Death (Miki Radicci Book 1): Miki Radicci Book 1

by M. E. Purfield


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Miki Radicci is not your average sixteen-year-old city girl. She's emancipated from her grifter parents, a flavor of the month in the art world, and a psychic.

Her life turns upside down when she witnesses a murder of a young college girl in one of her visions. Not only does she grab the attention of the police, but also the killer.

To save her own life as well as her family, Miki delves into the victim's past and follows a trail that leads her into a dark world of underground modeling and low-level criminals. A path that will lead her closer to the killer than she thought.

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ISBN-13: 9781477400067
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 05/03/2012
Pages: 182
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.39(d)

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A Black Deeper Than Death (Miki Radicci Book 1): Miki Radicci Book 1 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
bella55075 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Great Summer read. Read it on the beach it was good. Kept your interest.
asigg44 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was such a great book. More of a YA novel, but as a middle-aged woman, I still really enjoyed it! Great plot, great characters, action, suspense and a bit of fantasy are all part of this book. I would definitely recommend this to anyone!
WolfFaerie17 More than 1 year ago
Book exchanged for an honest review:Sixteen year old Miki Radicci is an art prodigy and psychic empathy where she feels whatever pain someone else feels. When Miki experiences the murder of Katherine Moore is set on a path she doesn't expect. Detective Otto Sampson believes that Miki holds the key to solving Katherine's murder. Miki receives strange phone calls and emails of artwork that she doesn't show anyone including her Grandpa Blaise Radicci and her cousin Corey. Miki does her own investigation into the murder of Katherine Moore. She attends a candlelight vigil where she meets Chris Chandler. Miki really likes Chris. Miki can't seem to shake a sense of dread surrounding these deaths. Will Detective Sampson solve the case? How does Miki cope with psychic empathy? Where does Chris fit in? Your answers await you in A Black Deeper Than Death. I loved Miki's sacrasm. Miki is so much more mature than some people around her. I also loved that there were two mysterious that needed to be solved. I really enjoyed how the author used the psychic empathy as great plot device. I will look forward to the next installment in this series.
susan_frances More than 1 year ago
Quasi Suspense/Psychological Thriller If author M.E. Purfield came out with his novella A Black Deeper Than Death in the mid-20th century, it would have been part of the noir drama culture which launched the careers of such actors as Marlene Dietrich and Boris Karloff and such directors as Alfred Hitchcock and Orson Wells. Purfield’s story is a quasi suspense/mystery/psychological thriller. His attempt comes off as quasi because his telling of the story does not grip audiences as deeply as it should or could have. The skeletal outline of the story has the potential of an enthralling read but Purfield’s endeavor to connect all the pieces and clues lose the reader at several junctures. It wasn’t until the ending when the killer is revealed as an inconsequential character whom readers are introduced to in the opening vignettes of the story that the read picks up. The only problem is by this time Purfield is wrapping up the story. Written in first person and narrated by sixteen year old, child prodigy, Michelina “Miki” Radicci, it becomes clear that Purfield puts quite a lot of himself into this successful Manhattan-based painter. Her crude language and attitude resembles that of a rash mid to late twenty year old male who believes she knows it all, drinking with the frequency of a bar crawler and having sex with a college age man which is statutory rape even when the interlude is consensual. She is burdened with taking care of her elderly Sicilian-bred grandfather and her free-spirited homosexual brother Corey. Not only is Miki a gifted artist with familial responsibilities but she has psychic empathy sensory which means she can feel other people’s pain. When she senses the murder of Katherine Moore, she goes to the scene of the crime and embarks on her own investigation. It is during her inquiries that she meets Detective Otto Sampson and a few people acquainted with Moore who worked as a model for the Goth porn website Red Velvet Pocket. Though Miki discovers that the people operating the website are behind the deaths of several of the models, Moore is killed by somebody else, somebody who knows Miki witnessed the crime even if it was through a premonition. Purfield tells in the author’s notes that he dabbles in screenplays and movie scripts and it shows in his story. The character Miki has the crass gestures and chops of Angelina Jolie’s Tomb Raider role, and the theme of murders connected to a Goth porn site and a scorned spouse are all elements which might be familiar to fans of CSI: New York and Criminal Minds TV shows. Purfield’s story reveals he’s a fan of crime shows but hasn’t quite made the leap into writing gripping crime dramas.