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Paradise, WV

Paradise, WV

In a poor West Virginia town decimated by the opioid epidemic, teenagers Jane and Henry have it even worse than most; their father is Hollis Lusher, a convicted serial killer known as “the Blind Spot Slasher.” Despite being bullied at school, the siblings still believe in their father’s... more

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Overview

In a poor West Virginia town decimated by the opioid epidemic, teenagers Jane and Henry have it even worse than most; their father is Hollis Lusher, a convicted serial killer known as “the Blind Spot Slasher.” Despite being bullied at school, the siblings still believe in their father’s innocence. And now a popular true crime podcast is coming to town and stirring things up.

Meanwhile, an eager young officer, Lieutenant Elena Garcia, is put on the case of a missing girl. Digging deeper, Garcia realizes there may be other recent abductions of young women buried in the flood of opioid related-crimes. With many deaths quickly being labeled as overdoses, or “No Human Involved.” She fears the drug epidemic created the perfect storm for a copycat of the Blind Spot Slasher to thrive.

A private investigator is also on the case, Henry’s new friend, Otis. A home-schooled genius with his own family problems, Otis has made it his mission to help Henry and Jane find the real killer. Otis discovers a possible connection between the killings and a doomsday, snake-handling cult―propelling them all down the dark backroads of Appalachia to find justice for Hollis, and themselves.

Filled with strange and fascinating characters, Paradise, WV delivers a thrilling tale, while creating compassion for those often overlooked in our true-crime obsessed culture―the ones often left to pick up the pieces when the system falls apart.

Rob Rufus is an author, musician, screenwriter, and advocate. He is the recipient of the American Library Association’s prestigious ALEX Award. His literary debut, Die Young With Me, was named one...more