RC Goodwin: Model Child
An intense, moving psychological thriller. James Shannon, a middle-aged widower with no criminal background or history of mental illness, commits a heinous crime. Shannon confesses immediately and the crime lacks obvious provocation. For family and friends seeking to come to terms with Shannon's actions, the primary question remains: WHY? Once incarcerated, Shannon becomes mute and refuses to talk to his family and his lawyer. After a transfer to a facility for mentally ill offenders, Shannon befriends Hal Gottlieb, a psychiatrist who slowly develops a relationship with him. As Gottlieb pieces together Shannon's background and the facts surrounding the case, it becomes apparent that things are not as they appear.
About the Author:
After receiving a medical degree from The Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin, Ireland, he completed an internship in New Haven and a psychiatric residency in Hartford. His published writings include seven short stories, mainly with a medical/psychiatric slant.
Three have won literary competitions: the Dana Prize for Short Fiction (“The Stephen Hawking Death Row Fan Club”), the Whiskey Island Short Story Competition (“Hello. My Name is Peter.”), and The Writer Short Story Contest (“Letters from the Hospice,” printed online). The Stephen Hawking Death Row Fan Club, a collection of six short stories and a novella, is his debut book. His second book, Model Child – a powerful psychological thriller, was released on March 20, 2018 by the Side Street Press, Chicago, IL.