Ray Johnson takes us into the dangerous world of the Tamil rebellion in Sri Lanka. A Black Tigress has been given an assignment in the United States. Her mission: kill the Indian Ambassador. The Sinhalese Buddhists of the south of Sri Lanka are fighting for dominance. The Hindu Tamils in the north are fighting for survival. Why kill the Indian Ambassador? And why risk killing him in the United States? As in all Ray Johnsons novels, things are not always as they appear. Readers will be embedded with the dangerous characters until the final paragraph. Then the truth will be out.
The In Vitro Madonna was originally published in Europe. Ray Johnson likes to refer to his books as verbal movies. Like his two previous novels, The Jericho Compact and The Great Everlasting, The In Vitro Madonna carries the reader along a swift river of mystery and intrigue. A good novel, like a vintage wine, is to be savored and enjoyed at leisure, hopefully in front of the fireplace of life. A novel should leave a pleasing aftertaste on the palate of ones soul. Ray Johnson was a military officer and law enforcement officer and draws upon life experiences to weave credence into his spellbinding novels. His stated goal is to keep his readers wondering until the final paragraph on the final page. He achieves that goal in The In Vitro Madonna.
driving his new speedboat while drinking, crashes into a pier and kills
himself. The beautiful middle aged wife, now free from the constraints
of marriage, discovers an electronic goldmine; internet dating services.
The insurance policy from her recently departed husband, God rest his
soul, leaves her comfortably well off financially. Into the merry
widow's well-ordered life stumble two bumbling Los Angeles detectives.
police officers, Detective Farquar and his female partner, Detective
Longnecker, cross swords with the attractive widow because her new
husbands keep meeting tragic deaths. With the demise of each new
husband, the widow becomes wealthier and a powerful force to be reckoned
with. The unlucky husbands, numbers one through six, keep meeting the
Grim Reaper under suspicious circumstances. To further vex the two
investigators, the well-endowed widow meets each future husband, and
several clandestine boyfriends, through internet dating services. Like a
radiant chameleon, the widow throws the detectives off track by
changing her modus operandi; hopping like a Mexican jumping bean from
'Christian Widows Seeking a Religious Husband' to 'Frustrated Housewives
Looking for Young Lovers'.
boyfriend, found on the 'Desperate Widows in Need' dating site, dies
such a grotesque death, that even the battle-hardened Deputy Coroner
quails at writing the death certificate….
the mix add two disgruntled children by the widow's first marriage; a
young man and young woman who detest each new husband. Plus previously
unknown suspicious relatives of the deceased husbands, coming out of the
woodwork, that want to share in the insurance bounty. Is it possible
for the gorgeous widow to have all these husbands die under mysterious
circumstances and not be guilty?