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Debut Novel, Janeology, A Haunting Portrait Of Genetic Inheritance, Nature/Nurture


Everyone wonders what could have been done moments before tragedy strikes. They wonder if they could have prevented the outcome. You can bet Tom Nelson does. He wonders how he could have saved his son Simon from death by drowning. He wonders if he kissed Simon before leaving for work that day. And most of all, he wonders how it was possible that his son died by the hands of someone he trusted – his wife, Jane.

In Janeology, Karen Harrington’s compelling new release from Kunati Books, Texas college professor Tom Nelson is put through hell by his wife – and then by the legal system. Soon after Jane is sent to a mental hospital for her crimes, Tom is implicated in his son’s death and charged with failure to protect. Tom’s attorney plans a radical defense, citing the ways in which Jane’s nature and nurture contributed to her breakdown in ways no husband could predict. Tom is forced on a two-day odyssey via Jane’s family photos and heirlooms where he “meets” eight of Jane’s ancestors through the assistance of a woman gifted with retrocognition: the ability to see past events through objects once owned by the deceased.

In this story about love, loss and family legacy, Harrington deftly illustrates the ways nature and nurture weave the fabric of one woman’s life – and renders a portrait of one man left in its tragic wake.

“JANEOLOGY is a fascinating legal thriller” - Harriet Klausner, #1 Amazon Reviewer

“Compelling and complex...…As much a character study as a legal thriller.” - Booklist

“This affecting story, with its brilliant array of characters accomplishes a wonderful feat by revealing specific and universal truths within all families.” – Donald T. Phillips, best-selling author

Read an excerpt of JANEOLOGY, view the book trailer and follow Karen Harrington’s Virtual Blog Tour by visiting her website:

ISBN(s): 978-1-60164-020-8 Format(s): Hardcover: 256 pages; Genre: Mystery/Mainstream


Karen Harrington is a freelance speechwriter and the author of the children’s book There’s a Dog in the Doorway. Janeology is her first novel. She lives in Plano, TX. She can be reached via her website: and her blog


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