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Sudden Darkness: Powerful New Detective Novel, Investigating Dark World of the Occult, Proves Bold Power of Faith

Masterfully crafted by L. R. Erdmann, ‘Sudden Darkness’ follows the intricate case of a private investigator, his friend, a man of the cloth and a woman who received a strange and out-of-character letter from her brother. It turns out her brother is involved in a dark and fierce cult; and he has plans to kill his own sister. There’s virtually no leads to work with – just the faith and tenacity of a team that won’t give up.


Marshfield, WI -- (SBWIRE) -- 04/29/2015 -- While detective and investigative fiction have long been a staple of the literary landscape, both readers and critics are currently crying out for wholly-unique new narratives that don't succumb to recycling of the 'same-old' concepts. Thankfully, Wisconsin's L.R. Erdmann is stepping up to the plate with gusto.

His compelling new novel, 'Sudden Darkness', fuses detective fiction's most cherishes hallmarks with a unique brand of dark occult. The result is a novel that will leave readers with plenty to think about.


It's a slow day when private investigator Bill Radner and his friend John Cleveland meet Alice Johnson. She's concerned over a letter received from her brother-a letter that was cruel and sounded nothing like him. Even though Radner suspects no more than a family argument, he agrees to look into her case. Turns out Radner was right to work for Alice. Her brother, Adam, is not only a successful trader on the Chicago Exchange but he's also the leader of a satanic cult.

Radner enlists the help of Bishop Mark Frazer, and soon, the PI, his pal Cleveland, and a man of the cloth are embroiled in a scandal of devil worship and murder. Good thing Radner has some ideas. They're going to need to trap Adam before he can kill Alice. The perfect time to do so will be during a ritual sacrifice at Adam's home in Wisconsin on Halloween. It won't be easy, not with Adam's legion of followers, but Radner has backup and a full proof plan to stop this evil mastermind.

"My goal from the outset was to construct a story that was vivid and chillingly-close to real life," explains the author. "The more believable it is, the more engrossed readers will become. The narrative also comes with some vital life lessons about personal character and faith. Our team starts with virtually nothing – a totally cold case – yet their desire to never give up ultimately leads them to the truth. I think readers can extract many vital character attributes and hopefully transpose them to their own lives."

Continuing, "The volume will make a gripping personal read, as well as a great addition to any book club. There's plenty to debate!"

With the book's popularity expected to increase, interested readers are urged to secure their copies without delay.

'Sudden Darkness', from ArchwayPublishing, is available now: http://amzn.to/1Ewu1Nd

About L. R. Erdmann
L. R. Erdmann was born and raised on a dairy farm in Wisconsin. After high school, he worked at a large cheese factory for forty years. He is a longtime fan of private investigations and detective work. Now retired, he focuses on writing, religion, and family.