Thriller / Noir
Date Published: November 27, 2014
When a mutilated body of an African American girl is found in a park sandbox, the media shows no interest. Instead, their attention is riveted on the disappearance of Olivia Safra, a college student and only child of the powerful and dangerous Richard Safra. Suspended ADA, Beck Oldman, demoted to a rookie PI is assigned her first cases to find a missing teenager and Olivia Safra.
Leads connect the murders to the Safra case. The investigation into her client's private life reveals a dark side in the relationship between a father and daughter and exacts his wrath against Beck. More girls are found murdered, putting Beck in a race to stop a serial killer and stop her own client from destroying her.
PURIFIED is a thrilling story that explores many dark subjects, including what it does to those who have to live in the world of killers in order to stop them.
Is There a Message in Your Novel That You Want Readers to Grasp?
Purified is a book that deals with many social justice issues while never losing sight of storytelling. I don’t have one overreaching message in the book but certainly equality of race and gender is a theme that is explored. I attempt do this without preaching but by revealing organically through plot and character the injustice that exists. I have try to create a female PI who acts as a woman and not a Marlowe in high heels. Women have a different set of issues than men; they behave differently in all things, including when they are chasing down killers.
I find getting myself into a daily routine to write very difficult.
How many books have you written and which is your favorite?
I have written only the one book, but I have written five screenplays. Purified is in script form as well. If I have a favorite story of mine it would be my first because it showed I write could do it.
If You had the chance to cast your main character from Hollywood today, who would you pick and why?
Jessica Chastain would be my first choice to portray Beck because she would do justice to the intelligence and toughness of Beck. She would convey the vulnerably of the character sympathetically without diminishing her edges.
I have never not written. I was always placed in accelerated reading or English classes in school. The one homework assignment I would always complete would be reading and writing. I cannot remember a time where I did not write stories, poems, or letters. Letter writing is a lost art and I think it was instrumental in my love of writing. Pen on paper, full sentences, not truncated, techno speak as I put it.
I do not have one author who inspired me. I have been inspired by all the writers who gave me a portal to examine and live in a world of their making and a world translated by my imagination.
Tense, surprising, provocative, frightening
Can you share a little bit about your current work or what is in the future for your writing?
I am writing the sequel to Purified. Beck once again is entangled in series of killings that will ensnare her into the dangerous world of her nemesis, Richard Safra.
Elizabeth S. Sullivan was born in Chicago and grew up in the LA area. Impassioned by social justice issues, inspired by her parents, she pursued teaching and earned a law degree. She has written five screenplays, one short. Her screenplays have placed or won such as: Nicholl, Austin, Page, and American Zoetrope. These recognitions garnered her a manager, Alexia Melocchi, Little Studio Films. Her first novel, PURIFIED, portrays a strong female protagonist in the genre of a noir thriller. Sullivan explores issues of race, gender, privacy in the cyber age. She has written several blogs on of women in fiction featured on Venture Galleries. She is busy working on the sequel to PURIFIED and a new screenplay.