Judi Coltman

Raised in an affluent suburb of Detroit, Judi Coltman grew up in a female heavy household with an urban sense of "normal."

Coltman attended Michigan State University, majoring in Journalism until a professor requested she switch majors - "Apparently making a story better with added features isn't acceptable in the news world," Coltman laments.

With a BA in English from Northern Illinois University, Coltman has written for local, regional and national publications.  

Coltman writes a weekly blog called, "My Life in a Nutshell," the impetus for her first book.  With it’s success, she took the intrepid step into writing novels, her true passion and is thrilled about the success of, In The Name Of The Father.

Coltman lives in northern Illinois and is working on her third book.


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Newly divorced and ready to recreate herself, Sydney Powell and her retired K9 move back to the city in which she grew up to write a book about the infamous underworld faction known as The Purple Gang.  Having once lived in a house built and used by the Purple Gang to run liquor, Sydney takes the opportunity to rent the place, believing it will help her write the book.

Met with opposition from her psychotic mother and her long brooding brother, Jack who believe the real story of the house is about ghosts, she begins to dig into the history. Her research yields very little about her intended subject  instead pointing to an entirely different history tied to the death of young boy.

Peeling away the layers of legal paper, Sydney and Jack become acutely aware that the house hides secrets linked to not only the gruesome murder that rocked the state, but deeper, more disturbing events. The secrets, held hostage in the walls.

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Suspense! Mystery! Murder!
 In The Name Of The Fatherhttp://www.amazon.com/Name-Father-ebook/dp/B005H0XM4E/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1321818963&sr=1-1

Liz’s best friend rode off on the back of a motorcycle when she was 16 years old.  Her body parts washed up on the shores of a Virginia beach community days later, prompting Liz’s parents to sequester her away to Richmond, far away from the vicious murder.  Now on her own, Liz returns to take back that part of her life and make peace with the events of her 16th summer.

John Williams’ heart broke when, after being questioned in the grisly murder, Liz’s parents spirited her away for good, leaving him grieving for his forsaken love.   With the guidance of his father, the community preacher, John moves on with a clear understanding of his life’s mission. 

When another body turns up, savagely hacked-up on the side of the road, safety becomes elusive, even in the small community church where the answers are hidden.  Liz and John have to face the truth that the killer is still out there.  Watching.  Waiting for them.

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. . .a fantastic spin with the addition of paranormal activity. The characters Sydney, Tim, Jack -- Sydney's brother -- and Thor -- Sydney's dog -- are brilliantly developed with strong individual voices. The points of view of Sydney and Jack reflect the different truths experienced by two children raised under the same roof. The house itself becomes a spirit to be reckoned with. This superb story has many layers and well developed characters and makes for thrilling reading.

 - Publisher's Weekly