Blue Magic Woman

By James van Loon - Paola Bortolotti

Crime & mystery, Literary fiction | Paperback


Blue Magic Woman, a Nordic Noir novel, commences when Michael sits between the rails with a train blasting towards him until the police yank him off the rails and drive him to an arctic asylum. He is on the run from the Bavarian Alps, where he is entangled in three murders: a monk and a postulate in an alpine Abbey, and a village girl. He hopes the asylum will be a refuge, but he experiences a mad world, sometimes a dark comedy, a crazy cuckoo’s nest with erotic elements, and a strong female character, the blue magic woman. But her puissance extends far beyond her sexual allure, and Michael begins to question even his precarious grip on reality. This is a book of madness and wonder, and a thriller; a psychological murder mystery merged with the lurid, the lovely, the lost.




James van Loon besides being a novelist is a university psychology instructor, chartered psychologist, and international consultant. His artistic and scientific journey is one of many divergent paths, spanning a brief career as a radio disc jockey in his native USA, an introspective experience as a monk in the Marist order, and academic studies of literature and psychology in several European and North American universities. His peregrinations have taken him to the cobbled streets of old European towns speckled with cafés and compelling characters, where he nurtured his passion for research and writing. He has lectured at universities in Italy, Spain, Germany, England, Sweden, and the U.S.A. where he has also taught creative writing at the Writers Garret. Paola Bortolotti has been a passionate linguist, an accomplished translator, and writer all her life. Her deep interest for the arts, as a model, painter, and a porcelain artist, have contributed to a unique, multifaceted approach to life and texts, including her fictional writing. She has won the prestigious De Witt Literary Prize, as well as received much other praise for her writing. A compelling fascination for the ‘other’ in realities and perspectives as different from her own native Italian background has taken her to different parts of the world and total cultural experiences. She lives in a picturesque corner of Tuscany.


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James van Loon besides being a novelist is a university psychology instructor, chartered psychologist, and international consultant. His artistic and scientific journey is one of many divergent paths, spanning a brief career as a radio disc jockey in his native USA, an introspective experience as a monk in the Marist order, and academic studies of literature and psychology in several European and ...


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