Frederick Weisel and fellow mystery writer Joseph Schneider will discuss Frederick’s latest novel, The Day He Left. The new book, the second in the Violent Crime Investigations Team Mysteries series, is a sequel to The Silenced Women, which was published in February 2021.
The series follows Eddie Mahler and his team of VCI homicide detectives in the Santa Rosa Police Department as they investigate cases in Sonoma County, California.
The Day He Left involves a missing person case of a schoolteacher who leaves for work one morning and never arrives.
In parallel with that investigation, Detective Steve Frames helps the Narcotics Investigation Team interrupt a shipment of heroin and methamphetamines—an effort that has a surprising intersection with the schoolteacher’s disappearance.
Meanwhile Detective Eden Somers is thrust back into the FBI’s hunt for the Highway 60 serial killer, which haunted her in The Silenced Women. While she resists involving herself in the evidence, she is compelled by the revelation that the prime suspect has her personal contact information.
The Day He Left is a fast-paced, immersive mystery that takes us more deeply into the lives of the VCI detectives. Scenes take place in downtown Santa Rosa, Roseland, the Coddingtown neighborhood, and the Salmon Creek neighborhood on the Sonoma Coast. The novel received a starred review from Publishers Weekly, and Booklist praised its “many luscious passages” and called it “a beguiling mix of literature and crime.”
Author: Frederick Weisel has been a writer and editor for more than 30 years. He graduated from Antioch College and has an MA in Victorian Literature and History from the University of Leicester in England. Frederick is currently at work on the third novel in the VCI series. He lives with his wife in Santa Rosa, California. You can learn more about Frederick and his novels at: https://frederickweisel.com.
Joseph Schneider is the author of One Day You’ll Burn and What Waits for You. He is an acclaimed author, magician, ballroom dancer, and teacher. He lives in California with his family.