Take one reporter, add a rookie detective, multiply by disappearing people, minus the sale of human organs, equal Mortal Choices.
To make the story more realistic, Newcomb did research in the inter workings of the police force and in aviation. An interview with a retired police detective and questions answered by active police officers gave insight to the workings of the local police department and a glimpse into the work of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Interviewing one with aviation experience helped to add flavor to the parts of the story when pilot, Steve Kerr, was written into a scene.
A special posthumous thank you to her mother in the acknowledgment section, lets the reader know that Newcomb had first hand knowledge of working with employees at a funeral home. I have to wonder if at anytime during this writing whether or not Newcomb became suspicious of the funeral home who handled her mother’s arrangements or if she asked herself, ‘What if?’ And I wonder if the description of the funeral home in the book, is anything like the one who handled Newcomb’s mother’s arrangements. I have to wonder about these things, because this is the exact things that I do when I am writing: put details into the book from things that I have experienced or observed.
In the “Afterword,” Newcomb wrote:
“If the behaviors of Doug in this book sound familiar to you or remind you of anyone you know or love, they could be bipolar. The disorder is treatable and many people who have the disorder lead full and productive lives.” Newcomb goes a step further and lists three places where a person can seek help.