Sonnets, A Novel
Haunted by the drowning of his fiancée, NYU English professor Drew Osborne writes a book of Shakespearean sonnets in an attempt to assuage his feelings of loneliness and guilt. Still needing further separation from the reminders of his loss, he leaves the frenetic cadence of Manhattan behind and accepts a position at a small, private college in the hills of Georgia. Initially, the young professor is the literary toast of the Smythville College community. But shortly after his arrival, a beautiful young woman is brutally murdered. Then, one week later, one of Drew's students is also killed. When the police make a connection between the victims and two anonymous entries in a local poetry contest, they naturally focus on the only published poet in their midst. Not only are the contest entries professionally written verse portending the death of each victim, they are a form of poetry rarely seen anymore...sonnets. Everywhere he turns, Drew faces malicious accusations. Desperate to absolve himself, Drew uses his literary training to decipher the clues in an attempt to identify the killer's next victims before they are murdered. Racing against time, he puts what is left of his life on the line to pursue a demented master of metaphor, meter...and murder.
Throughout his sales and marketing career in the medical products industry, Robert K. Brown has written poetry and fiction as a hobby. In Sonnets, he has combined the two in a mystery with heart-pounding suspense, clever plot twists, and a refreshing literary flair. A native of Mobile, Alabama, Robert and his wife currently reside in Cary, North Carolina. He has completed a second novel and is working on a third.