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Dorothy Van Soest: Death, Unchartered

The Ivy Bookshop

Death, Unchartered centers on the struggle to come to terms with the past and the courage it takes to find one’s sense of place and purpose in an unjust society.

When a child’s skeleton is discovered during the excavation of the site for a new charter school being built in the Bronx, former teacher Sylvia Jensen is certain of only two things. She is sure that the remains are those of eight-year-old Markus LeMeur, her third-grade student who disappeared in the violent and tumultuous fall of 1968. And she is sure that his death was no accident. Determined to find out who killed Markus and why, Sylvia joins forces with investigative reporter J. B. Harrell and together they delve into the strikes and political protests of the late 1960s and corporate greed of the present. As Sylvia fights to make peace with her own past, she realizes that she missed her chance to save Markus, and she becomes driven to find his killer, before he can kill again.

Dorothy Van Soest is a Professor Emerita and former dean at the University of Washington with a research-based publication record of ten books and over fifty journal articles and essays. Her debut novel, Just Mercy, was informed by her widely acclaimed investigation into the lives of thirty-seven men who were executed by Texas in 1997 and her knowledge of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice’s Restorative Dialogue program. Her second novel, At the Center, is a mystery inspired by her experiences with the child welfare system. Dorothy lives in Seattle, Washington, where she is currently working on her third Sylvia Jensen mystery, which is inspired by her experiences with the nuclear disarmament movement in the 1980s.







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Saturday, October 27, 2018 - 6:00pm


The Ivy Bookshop
6080 Falls Road
Baltimore, MD 21209

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