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SLCL Foundation Presents Thriller Writer and Cosmopolitan Editor John Searles

Press Release

Friday, September 13, 2013 - 10:00a.m.
The St. Louis County Library Foundation is pleased to present supernatural thriller author John Searles for a discussion and signing of his latest novel “Help for the Haunted” on Friday, September 27, at 7:00 p.m. at Library Headquarters, 1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd.
The program is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase at the event from Left Bank Books.
The event is sponsored by Maryville University.  
John Searles’s “Help for the Haunted” is an unforgettable story of a most unusual family, their deep secrets, their harrowing tragedy, and ultimately, a daughter’s discovery of a dark and unexpected mystery.
Sylvie Mason’s parents have an unusual occupation—helping “haunted souls” find peace. After receiving a strange phone call one winter’s night, they leave the house and are later murdered in an old church in a horrifying act of violence.
A year later, Sylvie is living in the care of her older sister, who may be to blame for what happened to their parents. Now, the inquisitive teenager pursues the mystery, moving closer to the knowledge of what occurred that night—and to the truth about her family’s past and the secrets that have haunted them for years.
Capturing the vivid eeriness of Stephen King’s works with the compelling quirkiness of John Irving’s beloved novels, “Help for the Haunted” is that rare story that brings to life a richly imagined and wholly original world.
John Searles is the author of the national bestsellers “Boy Still Missing” and “Strange but True.” He frequently appears as a book critic on NBC's Today show and CBS's “The Early Show.” He is the Editor-at-Large of Cosmopolitan. His essays have been published in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and other national newspapers and magazines.
Program sites are accessible. Upon two weeks notice, accommodations will be made for persons with disabilities. Contact St. Louis County Library by phone 314-994-3300 or visit