Story Plant hardcover

ISBN: 978-0-9816087-4-7

Fiction Studio Books e-book

ISBN: 978-0-9841905-3-9

Publication date: February 23, 2010

512 pages

Protector is the gut-wrenching, heartrending story of hard-bitten Denver homicide detective Jane Perry and nine-year-old Emily Lawrence. Emily has witnessed the murder of her parents – murders that the authorities believe are part of a larger wave of crime. However, Emily can’t seem to recall a thing about the killings. When the murderers come after Emily, Jane’s boss sends the two of them to a remote town in Colorado. There, Jane, who doesn’t have a maternal bone in her body, must pose as Emily’s mother and serve as her protector. At the same time, she needs to help Emily slowly remember the devastating event without traumatizing her further. And while she does so, the killer is closing in . . .

Protector marks the debut of Jane Perry, an immensely flawed, utterly sympathetic character that readers have already found entrancing. She is the kind of nuanced hero that makes for continuously interesting reading.



Laurel Dewey

“A hard-edged thriller with plenty of mystery and intrigue.... Ultimately, it’s a story of a woman coming face to face with her own deepest fears, and the ride is a wild one.”

– Curled Up With A Good Book

“A beautiful and deeply satisfying novel.”
– New Mystery Reader Magazine

Protector is an extremely fast-paced, page-turning, jaw-clenching story. The reader is pulled into living the story with the characters. If you like suspenseful thrillers, you will love this one.”
– Fresh Fiction

“Detective Jane Perry is as real as a fictional character can get. Action filled, spellbinding, and even spine-tingling, the plot will seize and hold the attention of any thrill seeker.”
– Janet Hamilton,

“A unique, entertaining, emotionally powerful, deftly crafted, highly recommended work that will leave the reader looking eagerly toward Laurel’s next foray into the mystery/suspense genre.”

– Midwest Book Review

“A great novel and a fabulous mystery.”

– Mysterious Reviews

Bookreporter says, “Laurel Dewey has definitely earned a place in any discussion of the top mystery authors of the present day.” Over the years, the creative team at The Story Plant has been involved in the development of many of the suspense genre’s brightest stars. When we first read national bestselling author Laurel Dewey, we knew we were meeting a writer with as much storytelling energy and raw emotional power as any we’d encountered. Readers share our enthusiasm, writing rhapsodically about their experiences with her novels and their emotional connection with Dewey’s unforgettable main character, Detective Jane Perry. Meanwhile, Dewey's standalone novel, Betty's (Little Basement) Garden will let you see the world in a completely different way, and Dewey can even help you grow healthier plants.