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From the Publisher
Métis Canadian, has been writing for 25 years. A retired emergency responder, she was born in Manitoba, moved to Maple Ridge, B.C. as a child, attended Douglas College and Simon Fraser University. She and her husband Ralph moved to Prince George in 1979 where they raised their five sons. In 1992 they built a cottage on Cluculz Lake, near Vanderhoof. In her spare time, Joylene teaches Tai Chi. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Top Customer Reviews
On a trip to the US, Valerie McCormick witnesses the murder of two men and suddenly finds herself on the run from a drug cartel the FBI has been tracking for months. When the head of the drug cartel escapes federal custody just before Valerie is to testify, she can only think of her family ' her three daughters ' and what this killer would do to them.
With the aid of the RCMP, the FBI begin watching Valerie and her family until one day they learn of a plan to blow up Valerie's van (with her in it) and they set they're own counterplan in place ' one that will separate Valerie from her three girls forever.
Butler takes us on a ride of twists and turns that rival Tami Hoag and Tess Gerritsen. In a writing world full of formulaic writing and an overabundance, it seems, of suspense, Butler is sure to be a success.
She has certainly impressed this editor!
Current edition in Lulu paperback $19.95 ISBN:978-1-4357-3249-0
When Valerie McCormick stumbles upon the scene of a murder she becomes the only witness who can testify in the trial of crime boss Miguel DeOlmos, and becomes a target for murder herself. While the story unfolds at a thriller pace, author Butler weaves a compelling tale of Valerie, a woman who will risk everything for the sake of her endangered family.
I have to admit to breaking all the rules in this review; Joylene Butler has been an online writing buddy for years and I critiqued an earlier draft of this novel, but I wanted to showcase a self-published novel as atonement for casting aspersions when I ceased accepting them for review. A self-published novel can be as good a read as this and do well, but it must contain the same amount of critical reading and novel craft as a commercial publisher would require. The only aspect I would fault in this edition of Dead Witness is to suggest it needed stronger copy editing, and if another edition is intended, now would be a good time to do it.
While murder and violence underlie the action this is no bang bang shoot em up where the author sacrifices depth and characterization for impact; which may have caused potential publishers to shy away from something so different from the kind of mindless TV drama most thriller writers aim for. We are thrust into Valerie's turmoil as the FBI whisk her away from DeOlmos's attempts to silence her and she has to let her husband, brother, and beloved daughters believe she's dead.Read more ›
It's a rollercoaster ride of chilling plot twists and turns. Butler takes us into the mind and heart of a woman who lost her parents as a child and now loses her children, when the FBI force her into hiding. As she struggles to elude the drug lord and return to her children, she discovers an inner strength that allows her to not only face the demons in her past, but also find romance in a most unlikely place. Butler's writing is fluid and compelling: she evokes each scene with an attention to detail that makes you feel you're actually there.
Plot, pace, characterization and prose: Butler delivers on all counts. Pick up Dead Witness and you won't want to put it down.
The heroine is wonderful, and the villains are scarey as hell. Ms Butler weaves a mesmerizing story. I hated to reach the end. But then I read her next release "Broken but not Dead." That helped, because it, too, is beyond wonderful. But where's your NEXT book, Ms Butler??? Help! I'm going through withdrawal...
Nowell Butler's heroine, Valerie McCormick, is a Canadian housewife and mother from Prince George, British Columbia. When the machinations of the FBI fail to protect her or her family from Colombian drug lord Miguel DeOlmos, Valerie makes the decision to seek DeOlmos on her own terms. Those terms are what make this heroine so appealing and so interesting, as one quiet, determined BC housewife takes her fate in her own hands and sets the FBI, and its star agent, Michael Canady, on their ears.