Author sets thriller novel in Solana Beach

Author sets thriller novel in Solana Beach

A San Diego native and first-time author has imagined Solana Beach as not only the setting of bustling retail, dining and waves but also as the place where a fictional psychopath commits a string of murders.

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Geree McDermott, who now lives in Chile, wrote "The Swirling Red Mist: A Tale of Murder" following a battle with a real killer — cancer.

She began writing the thriller novel in 2013, upon enduring chemotherapy treatments, all the while researching psychopath mentality, police procedures and Solana Beach landmarks. She aimed to make her book so accurate to her setting, in fact, that she studied the city's train schedule...