Joseph MacNabb grew up in a small, southern town, left it for his education and military service, and returned there to make his home, practice law, and serve as a judge. He understands its people, their eccentricities, their strengths, their weaknesses, and their hopes. In short, the small-town culture is in his blood and in his writing, too, and it makes for good reading. His first book, The Closet, a psychological thriller, is set in the fictitious town of Catalpa, Georgia, as are all of his forthcoming novels. Although not based on actual people, the characters are real in every sense of the word. While growing in size, Catalpa still enjoys a nonurban flavor, and many consider it a highly desirable place to live. Be forewarned though. Like other small towns, it harbors a sinister underbelly which sometimes surfaces and stains its otherwise peaceful nature.
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In The CLOSET, ten-year-old Annie Rowan is lured away from a small-town fair by a cunning and bizarre loner with a dark obsession. Annie’s father Will, a Methodist minister, still grieving the unsolved murder of her mother, is devastated. Who took her? Why? Was her taking random, or was she an intended target? Baffled from the start, the police seem to be getting nowhere. In a race against time, Will digs into the past on his own to discover the kidnapper’s true identity while Annie is forced to star in an unthinkable role. It’s a deadly play that challenges the young pastor’s faith, resilience, and wits to the limit as he fights to find and save his only child. But no matter what he does, the terrible truth still waits for him inside THE CLOSET.
‘A striking debut targeting every parent’s worst nightmare. MacNabb is one to watch.’ Carter Wilson, USA Today Bestselling author of THE DEAD HUSBAND