Having just turned sixteen, Sara Jane Rispoli’s birthday is anything but sweet.
Returning from her first high school dance, Sara Jane walks into a ransacked home and finds her family missing, the dog maimed and a psychopath in a ski mask who won’t rest until she’s dead. With nothing to go on but a clue hidden in a bust of Frank Sinatra, Sara Jane jumps into her dad’s 1965 Lincoln Continental and drives into the night.
The clues lead her to an ancient, worn notebook that contains a guide to a Chicago hiding in plain sight — safe houses, secret doors, mysterious phone numbers are all suddenly at Sara Jane’s disposal. But it also contains darker, more troubling secrets concerning the Rispoli family, including the revelation that a rare and powerful hereditary trait passed down from the time of Alexander the Great enabled certain male members of the Rispoli clan to become major figures in the Outfit, Chicago’s storied crime syndicate.
Sara Jane realizes the secret-filled notebook is the reason why her family was taken, and why she’s being pursued by three different factions: her turncoat uncle, Police Detective Dotty Smelt, and the huge, shambling freak in the ski mask. Learning of the gift awakens a realization in Sara Jane that she, too, possesses the powerful phenomenon.
With the help of a weight-challenged sidekick, an angry Italian greyhound, and a legion of guardian angel sewer rats, Sara Jane is chased, attacked, and fights back with cold fury, staying one step ahead of her pursuers and circumnavigating the male-centric Outfit while also keeping a growing romance alive.
Ted (T.M.) Goeglein is the author of the Young Adult Cold Fury series from G.P. Putnam’s Sons/Penguin. Cold Fury was published in July ‘12 and the second installment, Flicker & Burn, was published in August ‘13. The final book in the series, Embers & Ash, was published on July 10, 2014. He began his career as a writer of print and television ads for a host of advertising and media companies. As a screenwriter, he produced original film and television scripts and worked as a script doctor for several L.A. production companies. He was an original contributor to the Huffington Post 'Living' section, as well. He earned degrees in Journalism and World History and has published numerous short stories. He lives in Chicago with wife and two children.