The Eyes on Utopia Murders

The Eyes on Utopia Murders

by Barbara D'Amato


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"The Most Peaceful Town in the World" boasts the sign leading to the quiet adult community of Young Lake. And it was-until they started shooting across the generation gap.

First there were the "incidents": a broken arm, a scorpion sting, rocks hurled at the school bus.

Next little Timmy Barkus was missing-until they found his body. And then the little girl...

Gerritt DeGraaf had never seen such an unlikely assembly of suspects. And yet it had to be-one of these mild old people was frightened enough or insane enough to murder.

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ISBN-13: 9781628152470
Publisher: Speaking Volumes, LLC
Publication date: 02/08/2016
Series: A Dr. Gerritt Degraaf Mystery , #2
Pages: 328
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.73(d)

About the Author

Barbara D'Amato was the 1999-2000 president of Mystery Writers of America. D'Amato is also a past president of Sisters in Crime International. She writes a mystery series starring Chicago freelance investigative reporter Cat Marsala, a series starring Chicago patrol cops Suze Figueroa and Norm Bennis, and standalone novels.

D'Amato is a playwright, novelist, and crime researcher. Her research on the Dr. John Branion murder case formed the basis for a segment on Unsolved Mysteries, and she appeared on the program. Her musical comedy The Magic Man and the children's musical The Magic of Young Houdini, written with husband Anthony D'Amato, played in Chicago and London. Their Prohibition-era musical comedy RSVP Broadway, which played in Chicago in 1980, was named an "event of particular interest" by Chicago magazine.

A native of Michigan, she has been a resident of Chicago for many years. D'Amato has been a columnist for the Sisters in Crime newsletter and Mystery Scene magazine. She has worked as an assistant surgical orderly, carpenter for stage magic illusions, assistant tiger handler, stage manager, researcher for attorneys in criminal cases, and she occasionally teaches mystery writing to Chicago police officers.


The first annual Mary Higgins Clark Award, 2001, for Authorized Personnel Only

The 1998 Carl Sandburg Award for Excellence in Fiction and the 1999 Readers Choice Award for Best Police Procedural for Good Cop, Bad Cop

The 1992 Anthony Award for Best True Crime and the 1993 Agatha Award for Nonfiction for The Doctor, the Murder, the Mystery

The 1999 Readers Choice Award for the story "Hard Feelings"

The 1999 Agatha, Macavity and Anthony Awards for Best Short Story for "Of Course You Know that Chocolate Is a Vegetable."

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