Reader, Meet Writer: Terry Roberts

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My Mistress’ Eyes Are Raven Black is a noir thriller set on Ellis Island in 1920. It explores just how far some human beings will go to protect racial purity and condemn those they fear.


Ellis Island, 1920. The immigration and public health authorities in New York Harbor are slowly recovering from the war years when a young, pregnant Irish woman disappears from the Isolation Hospital on Ellis Island.


Stephen Robbins, a specialist in finding missing persons, is assigned the case. Yet when he arrives at the site, he discovers a secretive staff and a string of inexplicable deaths and disappearances among immigrant patients in Ellis Island hospitals. Stephen finds an ally in Lucy Paul, a nurse who is also investigating the disappearances, and together they begin to unearth a horrifying conspiracy masked beneath the Isolation Hospital’s charitable exterior. As Stephen and Lucy get closer to the truth and each other, they are swept directly into the dangerous mystery haunting Ellis Island and become the next targets themselves.


Set in the years following World War I, when racial tensions in the U.S. are growing and the science of eugenics is widely accepted, My Mistress’ Eyes are Raven Black explores just how far human beings will go to protect racial purity and condemn those they fear.


Terry Roberts' direct ancestors have lived in the mountains of Western North Carolina since the time of the Revolutionary War. His family farmed in the Big Pine section of Madison County for generations and is also prominent in the Madison County town of Hot Springs, a consistent setting in his novels. His newest book, My Mistress' Eyes Are Raven Black, is a literary thriller set on Ellis Island and is due out from Turner in Spring 2021.


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Thursday, June 24, 2021 - 7:00pm
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415 S Brooks Street
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Wake Forest, NC 27587
My Mistress' Eyes Are Raven Black Cover Image
ISBN: 9781684426942
Availability: Backordered
Published: Turner - July 27th, 2021