Barry Knister spent his career guiding college English students through the essay-writing minefield. Now he guides his characters into the minefields he creates for his novels. His psychological suspense series follows the career of Brenda Contay, a journalist who keeps finding herself in harm’s way.
Introducing Colder, With Snow, the fourth book in the Brenda Contay mystery series by Barry Knister.
Who is targeting Brenda’s college students? Brenda Contay used to be a local Detroit celebrity. She covered gruesome stories as WDIG’s Lightning Rod tabloid reporter, but she hated the violence and sensationalism. That’s why Brenda is happy to leave crime reporting to teach journalism at her alma mater, Davison Polytechnical University.
Except murder and mayhem have followed her to campus.
A Davison student is blown up while hitchhiking home for Christmas break. Three nights later, another is cut almost in half in Davison’s new student center.
Brenda feels duty-bound to stay on campus, but she has promised to travel to Florida for the break. She and her boyfriend Charlie promised to help care for Brenda’s nieces at Disneyworld, and Charlie is at last going to meet Brenda’s difficult mother. Reluctantly, she and Charlie head south, but as Christmas arrives, more death comes to Davison.
There’s only one point of connection to the murders: Brenda’s bright, beautiful student, Clara Fiore.
In this dark psychological mystery, multiple points of view work to peel back the layers concealing betrayal and manipulation. Brenda Contay will need all the help she can get to save her favorite student. But even if she succeeds, how will Clara Fiore ever be able to live with the awful truth?
Barry Knister’s first novel, a gritty thriller about Vietnam Vets, THE DATING SERVICE, was published by Berkley.
Knister has also published three other suspense novels in the Brenda Contay series. Each book is set in a place Knister knows well. The titles are THE ANYTHING GOES GIRL, DEEP NORTH, and GODSEND. He has has also published JUST BILL, a gentle novel of magical realism about dogs and owners living on a Florida golf course.
Knister is a past secretary of Detroit Working Writers, and the former director of the Cranbrook Writers Conference. He has published travel and humor in local markets, and wrote “Let Me Get This Straight,” a blog/column for the Naples (Florida) Daily News.