Weekend Inspirations: Blessed are the Dead

Posted by on May 5, 2012

Instead of my regular weekend inspirations, I wanted to share the pitch for my novel, BLESSED ARE THE DEAD, that ran in the newsletter my literary agency puts out. If you aren’t Facebook friends with me, you MAY not have seen it! : )








Gabriella Giovanni’s big Italian-American family can’t understand why she chooses her adrenaline-pumping career as a San Francisco Bay Area newspaper reporter over being married with little bambinos running around. Gabriella spends her days on the crime beat flitting in and out of other people’s nightmares and then walking away unscathed. That’s because for twenty years Gabriella has avoided confronting her own dark childhood memories: her sister’s kidnapping and murder followed by her father’s sudden death three days later. That changes in an instant when a little girl disappears on the way to the school bus stop, and Gabriella’s quest for justice and a front-page story leads her to a convicted kidnapper who reels her in with tales of his exploits as a longtime serial killer and promises to reveal his secrets to her alone. Meanwhile, her passion for her job quickly spirals into obsession when she begins to suspect the kidnapper also killed her sister. When the biggest newspaper in town continues to scoop her on the story, Gabriella begins to believe the fate of her career and the mystery of what happened to her sister both lie in the hands of the kidnapper. When he is sprung from jail on a technicality, Gabriella risks her life to meet with him, hoping to find answers that will help her confront her past and heal her deep psychological wounds. Award-winning former journalist Kristi Belcamino‘s debut crime novel, BLESSED ARE THE DEAD, is an atmosphere-rich sojourn that has been compared to Sue Grafton and offers chilling, authentic glimpses into the mind of a psychopath while also mining the psyche of an extremely likeable and sympathetic protagonist. The novel was inspired by Belcamino’s dealings on her crime beat with a serial killer who police and FBI agents linked to the kidnapping and murders of at least two little girls. When the man died in prison two years ago, she was called for a comment. Belcamino’s personal past colors this smart, effective novel that showcases a strong new voice in the market. (Please note, Stacey Glick is the agent on this project.)



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4 Responses to Weekend Inspirations: Blessed are the Dead

  1. Kristi

    Thanks Jeff! So glad you liked the Big Hunk! Is your beautiful girlfriend from my town? If you guys are ever in the area and need a homecooked meal, let me know, we’d love to have you guys over.

  2. Jeff Shelby

    Fingers crossed 🙂

    And Big Hunk verdict: big thumbs up!!!:)

  3. Kristi

    Thanks Mickie! xoxo

  4. MIckie Turk

    Best pitch ever – so many engrossing layers to sink into.