In 1966 in New York City, ten-year-old Nicholas “Chickenneck” Anderson disappears, leaving his aunt and his neighborhood in despair.
In the present day, IT specialist Bruce Spencer’s life unravels when he sees glimpses from the past through the eyes of Chickenneck. Wonder and curiosity—as well as isolation and despair—fill him every time he gets thrust into the past, experiencing the boy’s emotions. Terrified of what is happening to him during these episodes that he calls block-outs, Bruce’s sanity dangles on a precipice. He realizes that seeking justice may be the answer to stopping the block-outs, but his dread of being institutionalized is always with him. He struggles to hide what is occurring from everyone he knows.
As two decades collide, Bruce gathers answers with clues from the past, uncovering a horrific crime and discovering what connects him to Chickenneck. Unbeknownst to him, someone is watching. Will searching for a killer place him and his loved ones in danger?
Will finding justice destroy Bruce Spencer?
Evelyn Ortiz is a native New Yorker born and raised in Manhattan. After graduating from Fordham University, where she was a Spanish major with intentions of teaching high school, she discovered teaching was not for her and pursued employment within the federal court system. After a rewarding career as Director of Human Resources, she retired to pursue her favorite job—writing stories and poetry. She resides in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband.