A KILLER IN THE DEAD OF WINTER. As a family clinic administrator, Michele Layton has seen her share of suffering. But never anything like this. Not here in St. Cloud, Minnesota. A local activist has been found murdered, his body frozen like a statue and placed in a Winter Carnival ice sculpture display. Next a vicious hate crime puts a man in the ICU. And locked away in the Holy Rest mental ward, a deranged man of the cloth prays for more sinners to be punished-and waits for a sign from above. These seemingly random acts lead police chief Steve Radke to Michele, who could be the next pawn in a madman's chess game of life and death, good versus evil.
American author Joanne Fluke has written several works using pen names. Her given, actual name, is Joanne Gibson Fischmann, born in 1943 in Swanvile, Minnesota. Under pen name, Joanne Fluke, she is most recognized for her mystery series, Hannah Swensen, based around a small town bakery. Five Hallmark Channel movies have been made from Fluke's Swensen series. She has written under the other pseudonyms of John Fischer, R. J. Fischer, Jo Gibson, Chris Hunter, Gina Jackson and Kathryn Kirkwood.
Fluke attended St. Cloud State University, and earned a B.A. Degree in psychology in 1973 from California State University. She had several second jobs while she worked at building her writing career, but her most important titles were mother, wife and homemaker. She lives in Southern California with her television writer husband, Ruel E. Fischmann, her children and step-children.