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Writing Mysteries to Explore the Human Mind

Dr. H.D. Kirkpatrick is a forensic psychologist who has applied his twenty-eight years of clinical and forensic experience to the creation of a series of contemporary fiction murder mysteries.

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His second novel—Trafficking Death—was published in December 2011.
Copyright 2011 by H.D. Kirkpatrick.
Library of Congress Control Number: 2011962318
ISBN: 978-1467930864


This story throws the two best friends, Dr. Calder Miro, a forensic psychologist, and Kenilworth Brown, a homicide detective, into an international web of modern day human slavery, child molestation, and human trafficking. Assigned to a transnational task force tracking a flow of humans smuggled from the lower southern hemispher through Florida into North Carolina, Calder and Worth pursue a diabolical corporate psychopath and his henchmen who will stop at nothing to satisfy their greedy and pathological tastes. Beginning with a puzzling murder on a remote Montana mountain road, this heart-pounding tale winds its way to New Bern, Raleigh, and Morehead City, North Carolina, to County Tipperary, Ireland, to North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, to a not-so-tranquil Oriental, North Carolina. Calder and Worth get their mettle tested in this one.

Read Chapter 1:  Here, Hold My Beer, and Watch This

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Cemetery on Okracoke Island

His first novel—Alienation of Affection—was published in May 2010. Copyright 2010 by H.D. Kirkpatrick.
Library of Congress Control Number: 2010927676
ISBN: 978-1-59712-431-7


The story contains the disturbing elements of what can happen to children when their divorced parents convert their extreme conflict and hatred for one another into vengeance. Dr. Kirkpatrick's story also explores how biased, well-intended psychotherapy can bring tragic effects to children and their families. The protagonist is Calder Miro, Ph.D., a seasoned forensic psychologist, who initially conducted a forensic psychological evaluation of the case years earlier. When a child psychologist’s bludgeoned body is found floating in the sea off Ocracoke Island, one of the Outer Banks of North Carolina, Calder is pulled back into the case by his friend and colleague, Homicide Detective Kenilworth Brown, to investigate her murder. When a second victim is killed by a diabolical method, the two deaths connect to one another and to the original domestic case.

Read Chapter 1: Tell Me About Your Daddy »

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