1. Gray Matter

    Book 1 in The PJ Gray Series

    Shirley Kennett

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    The riveting first entry in the acclaimed PJ Gray series, in which a police psychologist uses virtual reality forensics to solve a vicious series of homicides
    Penelope Jennifer “PJ” Gray is a recently divorced single mother living in St. Louis—and a psychologist turned cyber-profiler who heads the police force’s Computerized Homicide Investigations Project. By using virtual reality technology, Gray is able to get inside the heads of killers and reconstruct their crimes. The action begins when a talented pianist is savagely murdered, his back carved with a drawing of a dog, his head missing. As similar deaths follow, Gray and her partner—an old-school, technophobe detective named Leo Schultz—must use their skills to trace the serial murderer. Gray Matter marks a brilliant crime-writing debut, as this electrifying story recalls Thomas Harris’s Hannibal Lecter novels.
  2. Pub Date
    Open Road Integrated Media

Editorial Reviews

  • “Kennett is a writer of rare skill, and Gray Matter is a deftly plotted novel bristling with suspense. A rip-roaring good read. Let’s see more of PJ Gray!” —John Lutz, author of Single White Female

  • “Kennett’s storytelling talents win out. Solid entertainment!” —Publishers Weekly

  • “Kennett’s devious creativity and bloodcurdling, realistic descriptive passages result in a terrifying and explosive thriller.” —Booklist

  • “Fans of Patricia Cornwell’s work will be hooked on this heart-stopping and harrowing thriller. The finely drawn characters in Gray Matter are both complex and terrifyingly convincing. Rated 4 (Excellent).” —Romantic Times

  • “Shirley Kennett is a polished and poised addition to the ranks of contemporary mystery writers. You’re going to enjoy her books.” —Mystery Scene Magazine

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About the author

Shirley Kennett

Shirley Kennett is the author of the PJ Gray series of thrillers, which center on a psychologist and single mother who deploys virtual reality technology to solve homicides for the St. Louis Police Department. Under the pseudonym Dakota Banks, Kennett wrote the Mortal Path series of supernatural thrillers. She lives in Missouri.