Isaac knew Heritage Camp would be different this year: he was different. While he had accepted who he was, he wasn’t sure how his peers would feel. What he didn’t expect was having to investigate the sudden death of his camp counselor.

Sergeant Mikie O’Malley is called to work on the case, but she finds herself distracted by the fact that the victim was adopted, reminding her of a recent inheritance that has her questioning what family really means.

Located outside of Portland, Oregon, Heritage Camp is a summer retreat for adopted international children where adoptees can explore their identities and bond over their shared experiences. When camp counselor Paul goes into fatal anaphylactic shock one evening, everyone believes it to be a tragic accident. But Sergeant Mikie, a former ER nurse, and her new partner Detective Wu aren’t so easily convinced. Rumors spread quickly through the camp—everyone is a suspect. Isaac and his new friends share their grief and theories about what really happened, bringing shocking evidence to light. As the detectives and campers each conduct investigations into Paul’s death, Heritage Camp’s own secrets start to unravel. They soon discover something much more sinister than they ever expected.

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“In her debut novel Finding the Vein, Jennifer Hanlon Wilde has given us a remarkable whodunnit that you will read in one sitting, so turn off your telephone and reschedule any appointments you may have had as you follow Isaac and his new friend, the precocious Hal, at a summer camp for adopted children set in the foothills of Oregon’s Cascades where their camp counselor has been murdered. The divergent trails these boys follow to solve the murder and protect their friends lead in many dizzying directions including to a black-market “adoption agency” in Bangkok where infants are stolen and then sold overseas. This is a novel you will tell your friends and neighbors about, but when you do, remember: keep your clues to yourselves!” ―Tim Schell, author of Road to the Sea

“Reading Finding the Vein is like uncovering nesting dolls, one more intricate than the next, until arriving at a wholly satisfying centerpiece that illuminates all that came before. A page turner in the best sense.” —Suzy Vitello, author of Faultland

“In Finding the Vein, Hanlon Wilde keeps the reader guessing with an intricately woven mystery that artfully brings social issues surrounding international adoption to the forefront.” Erin Moynihan, author of Laurel Everywhere

Finding the Vein has a multidimensional cast of characters, with interwoven backgrounds and complex emotions. Vivid, sensory descriptions drew me into the story, and a plot full of tantalizing hooks kept me guessing right up to the end. Jennifer Hanlon Wilde has penned a satisfying mystery!” ―Cindy Hiday, author of Iditarod Nights

“At the book’s heart is an exploration of the parent-child bond (Do you have to be biologically related to experience it?), the desperate love that comes with parenting (Would you give your child up in the hope they will have a better life? How far would you go to protect them?), and the perennial challenge of learning to be comfortable in one’s own skin.” ―Benjamin Chambers, author of Dutch in Dutch

Finding the Vein is an excellent debut from Jennifer Hanlon Wilde! A clever murder mystery amidst very sensitive treatment of diversity at a youth camp for adoptees in Oregon. Well worth the read.” ―Glenn Harris, author of the McCall-Malone Mystery series

Available April 20th, 2021 from Ooligan Press in proud partnership with The Multnomah County Library Writers Project

Since 2015, the Multnomah County Library Writers Project solicits submissions of self-published works by local authors, and librarians select which to add to the library’s ebook shelves. Each year, Ooligan Press publishes one book from the growing LWP collection. Finding the Vein is the third title from this partnership that celebrates Portland’s authors and libraries. For more information visit multcolib.org.