Book Clubs

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Below are suggested questions for discussion.


  1. What would happen to your city’s public transit services if riders reported seeing their Departed on the subway trains?
  2. How would you react if you experienced a Visitation like those in Ghosts on the Red Line?
  3. What if your Visitation were from someone you disliked or who was hostile?
  4. How credible do you find the reactions of Red Line riders, the MBTA, the Boston media, and political leaders as described in the book?
  5. Are you persuaded by the conclusions of Harry West’s consulting team and Steve Cheng from MIT concerning the source of the Visitations on the Red Line?
  6. The Archbishop of Boston is displeased with Harry’s and Alexandra’s plan to open a Visitation Room.  How does this fit with your perspective on what the Church would do in this situation?
  7. Have you ever experienced a Visitation? Do you believe such paranormal events are possible? Conceivable? Pure fantasy?
  8. How do you feel that Ghosts on the Red Line comes down on the nature of the Visitations, whether they were ghosts or some form of hallucination?
  9. Would you try out a Visitation Room in order to communicate with a loved one?


  1. What do you take away from The Trail of Money about official corruption in China and Hong Kong?
  2. Is Chen Qiwei a sympathetic character given the experience of his village and his own suffering?
  3. How realistic are the Hong Kong settings as described in The Trail of Money
  4. Does the story make you more eager to visit there?
  5. How well developed are the two lead women characters, Erin Haig and Mei-Ling Blair?
  6. Do you find believable Harry’s relationship with Mei-Ling given their history and her marriage with his business partner?
  7. Would you be suspicious of Mei-Ling given what you know about her?
  8. The plot of The Trail of Money was described by one reviewer as “marvelously twisty” … do you find the various twists to be credible? And how about the final resolution?
  9. Edward Woo is a tortured villain. Why do you think he reacts as he does to the questions being asked about his business practices and relationships?
  10. How credible do you find the scenes involving the Hong Kong police?
  11. If you were offered a “consulting” assignment in Hong Kong that actually involves an investigation into money laundering, would accept the project or turn it down
  12. What if your personal and business situations were as dire as Harry’s at the time?
  13. Do you think justice was done at the end of the story?
  14. Harry feels guilty about what happened in Hong Kong. Should he?


  1. How realistic do you find the psychic medium sessions in Portrait of Ignatius Jones?
  2. How do they compare with your own experiences with psychic mediums?
  3. Have you ever felt a connection with a person through that person’s portrait?
  4. How do you think residents of a small town in Vermont would respond to a cult in their town?
  5. Do you agree with Murray Gattis that Charles Philip Tucker was possessed?
  6. Do you find credible the actions taken by Charles and by Buddy Choate in response to perceived insults to Ignatius Jones and to the Ignatius Jones Center for Spiritualist Discovery?
  7. Could the scheme actually work that was planned by Dr. Frances Gourmelon and executed by her and by Annie Kane?
  8. What is your opinion of Lily Prestowicz?
  9. If invited, would you visit the Ignatius Jones Center for Spiritualist Discovery?


  1. Are Jacob’s preparations as a survivalist well founded given the US president’s unfitness?
  2. Does Jacob make the right decision not to reveal his escape plan to Annie?
  3. Is it realistic that he is unable to acquire a fake US passport?
  4. Did he treat Paola honorably?
  5. How credible do you find his scheme to bring down the Russian mobsters?
  6. Do you like the story?