The ancient custom of “honor killing” – killing a daughter or wife for perceived “unchaste” behavior that brings dishonor to the family name – has been given a unique treatment in a new murder mystery novel, “Dishonor Thy Father,” being released by Potpourri Books on August 18, 2020 on Amazon.
True-life stories of honor killings still make news, as reported recently in The Los Angeles Times, New York Times, and other newspapers worldwide.
Inspired by this controversial subject, Dishonor Thy Father, by Mike Robinson & M.J. Richards, is a multicultural thriller spanning three decades and two continents that boldly explores contemporary issues of ethnicity, sexism, spirituality, and social mores in today’s complex and heated political environment.
The story begins as a 15-year-old Iranian girl is viciously attacked by her father for holding a boy’s hand. In running to escape certain death, she undertakes a dangerous journey to a new land with unfamiliar customs, where she must hide the truth from everyone she meets.
Twenty years later, amid racial tensions in a Los Angeles hospital, a female Muslim doctor is murdered, sparking a controversial police investigation. The lead investigator, Detective Michael Tucci, finds himself compromising both his job and his life as he embroils himself in an affair with the beautiful Dr. Tara White, the victim’s associate, who could be the killer’s next target.
Yasmine Mohammed Ex-Muslim, Human Rights Activist, Founder of Free Hearts, Free Minds said about the novel: “Though this story is fictional, thousands of women across the globe are real life victims of honor violence and honor killing every year. Hopefully Dishonor Thy Father will help shed some light on this atrocity that is rarely addressed.”
Phyllis Chesler, noted feminist, Professor of Psychology & Women’s Studies, and author of the bestselling Women and Madness and A Family Conspiracy: Honor Killing says: “This dramatic, fast-paced novel tells a dangerous tale like real ones that take place in Iran, Turkey and even sunny Southern California. The female characters are well-educated and dimensional, and an obsessed LA detective is on the case—here they all are, in living, cinematic color!”
Both paperback and eBook versions of Dishonor Thy Father debuted August 17th, 2020 on Amazon and is soon to be on other platforms and in stores. For the books on Amazon, visit dishonorthyfather.com
Prepublication reviews have been excellent:
“A persistently suspenseful crime drama…” -Kirkus Reviews
“From beginning to end, Dishonor Thy Father is an intuitive and riveting novel… that explores sexism, racism, and bigotry through a fresh lens…” -San Francisco Book Review
“What do you get when you add a driven, neurotic cop to a stunning ice-princess surgeon with a mix of murder, mayhem and lust? A heck of a thrilling read!” –Robert Lloyd Lewis, Producer, Dexter
“…an intricate murder mystery with edge of your seat suspense…abounds with twists and turns, leading to a stunning final reveal!” -Paul Bernbaum, Writer/Producer, Hollywoodland, starring Ben Affleck
“Dishonor Thy Father is a great read. It’s a fascinating thriller with romance that takes the reader on a journey across cultures and continents.” -Carole Isenberg, Associate Producer, The Color Purple
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Dishonor Thy Father – About the Authors
Mike Robinson is a novelist, screenwriter, and literary editor, based in Los Angeles. His novels include The Enigma of Twilight Falls trilogy, The Prince of Earth, Skunk Ape Semester, and The Atheist.
M.J. Richards is the pen name for the screenwriting team of M.J. Anderson & Richard Rossner. They are writer-producers of film and television with several movies and TV Series to their credit. M.J. wrote multiple episodes of Friday the 13th – the Series. Richard Rossner co-hosts several podcasts, including The Dark Side Of and Unexplained Mysteries.