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A Disturbing Nature
by Brian Lebeau

Published: 2022-05-10T00:0
Kindle Edition : 554 pages
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When FBI Chief Investigator Francis Palmer and Maurice Lumen’s paths collide, a dozen young women are already dead—bodies strewn in the woods across southern New England. Crippled by the loss of their families and haunted by mistakes, they wrestle with skeletons and ghosts neither understands. ...
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When FBI Chief Investigator Francis Palmer and Maurice Lumen’s paths collide, a dozen young women are already dead—bodies strewn in the woods across southern New England. Crippled by the loss of their families and haunted by mistakes, they wrestle with skeletons and ghosts neither understands. Who is destined to pay for the sins of their fathers and who will pay for their own?

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GHOSTS

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The third time Mo collides with Palmer, their worlds are unraveling, and twelve young women are dead. He tenses as Palmer navigates
his chair closer. Casters straining against linoleum tiles spin and squeak in objection, stopping when the distance between the two men suggests an intimacy they do not share.
Palmer’s breathing is rhythmic, his words unsympathetic. “Okay, then, Mr. Lumen, one final question. If none of the scenarios we’ve discussed here seem likely in your estimation, are you the killer known as the Pastoral Predator?” ... view entire excerpt...

Discussion Questions

While writing "A Disturbing Nature," author Brian Lebeau drew inspiration from the most infamous crimes of the '60s and '70s. What parallels did you see in the book to the real life crimes committed by serial killers during that era? Did you see similarities to any notorious killers specifically?

What clues did you notice in the book that led you to discover the identity of the killer? Did anything throw you off the trail or surprise you?

It is clear that the two main characters, Mo Lumen and Francis Palmer, are emotionally and intellectually very different from each other -- but in what ways are they alike? Do they share common ground? Why do you think that's important?

How does this book explore complex issues like race relations, psychological disorders and social justice?

How do you think this book handles the blurry line between man and monster? Did you have sympathy for the killer at any point during the book? How did that impact your relationship to the character when the killer was revealed?

The book is mostly set in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Have you ever visited New England? What is it about this region that lends itself well to a gritty, suspenseful story like "A Disturbing Nature?"

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