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Inamorata (original 2004; edition 2004)
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0143034596, Paperback)Inspired by real-life events, this chilling and atmospheric debut novel marks the arrival of a young writer with tremendous promise. It is the 1920s, and Spiritualism is all the rage. With seances taking place in parlors across the country and Harry Houdini and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle arguing metaphysics in the papers, the media embraces the feverish obsession with the paranormal. Twenty-three-year-old Harvard graduate Martin Finch is sent by Scientific American on the investigative opportunity of a lifetime: an examination of the powers of Philadelphia "society psychic" Mina Crawley. But Finch, prepared to debunk a fraud, instead finds himself falling under the spell of the beguiling Mrs. Crawley—and uncovering a truth darker than any he could have imagined.
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"In 1922, Scientific American offered $5,000 for evidence of "psychic manifestations."" "Inspired by this real-life event, Inamorata follows Martin Finch, a twenty-three-year-old Harvard graduate student and member of Scientific American's investigative committee, on the case of a lifetime - an examination of the powers of Philadelphia "society psychic" Mina Crawley. In the tiny upstairs room of Dr. and Mrs. Crawley's elegant Rittenhouse Square town home, Finch prepares to debunk a fraud. But instead the young man of science finds himself falling under the spell of the beguiling and beautiful Mrs. Crawley." "As the investigation explodes across the national headlines and the committee succumbs to infighting, it's left to Finch - a young man in over his head - to confront the uncanny, and uncover a truth darker than any he could have expected."--BOOK JACKET.
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