The well respected Judge Daniel Adams is murdered in the mid-1950s,
seemingly by his daughter Carrie. Police officials circumvent their own
investigators and have her committed to the Elm Hill Psychiatric
Hospital for Women, instead of being arrested. However, Carol Mason,
Director of Nursing, spots several clues which indicate that Carrie may
be innocent and that people in the hospital are involved in a cover up.
She works to solve the murder and uncover Elm Hill's dark secrets with
an informal team of associates who call themselves the "Black Angels."
Their efforts uncover a conspiracy of sex and greed that explains
the murder of Judge Adams and culminate in a night of discovery and
danger for Nurse Mason and Andy Russell, a university student who is her
temporary assistant, in Elm Hill's Violent Ward.
About the author:
Cal is an Emeritus Professor of Political Science at Auburn
University. While The Black Angels is his first work of fiction, he has
authored or edited 25 academic books. He grew up in New Jersey where he
graduated from St. Bernard's School and went to college, a B.A. from
Beloit, and graduate school, a PhD in Political Science from the
University of Illinois. He then taught at New Mexico State University in
the 1970s and the University of Wyoming in the 1980s before moving to
Auburn in 1992. He served as President of the American Association for
Chinese Studies (2002-2004) and won the Auburn Alumni Association's
Award for Minority Advancement (2007), the College of Liberal Arts'
Excellence in Advising Award (2004), and the Student Government
Association's Outstanding Graduate Faculty Member Award (2012), as well
as receiving a Pi Sigma Alpha Award for Teaching Excellence from the
American Political Science Association (1998). He and Janet, his wife of
47 years who is also a retired Political Science Professor, reside in
Auburn. They have three daughters, who are very excited about the
publication of this novel, and enjoy reading, hiking, and going to the