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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Isaac Martin Morris  

Pen Name: Isaac Morris

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1949 in Lake City, Iowa

-- Isaac Martin Morris on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

I have lived in Illinois most of my life, and in Jacksonville from 1956 to 1972. I attended Catholic seminary for a year, Illinois College for a year and graduated from MacMurray College. I currently reside in Springfield.

Biographical and Professional Information

For 30 years, I worked in insurance for the State of Illinois, and functioned frequently as a speech writer and ghost writer for various Directors of Insurance. I teach Philosophy as an adjunct for Lincoln Land Community College, and have done so since 1982.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

The Absence of Goodness
ISBN: 1440116709

iUniverse. 2009

When a sheriff's deputy is brutally murdered, fellow deputy Margaret Donovan-his lover-questions every choice she has made as her life spins out of control. Struggling to find meaning amidst chaos, she returns to the faith in which she was raised. A friendship with a local nun motivates Margaret to hand in her badge and gun and devote her life to the convent.

Poised to make her final profession and take the veil, Margaret learns of the murder of two students. Her former boss asks her to help him to solve the killings. Margaret soon links the recent murders and a thirty-year-old cold-case slaying of another Saint Dominic's student. She also realizes the first murder is entangled in a cover-up designed to protect some influential people.

Working to identify the killer, her burdens escalate. Another child is on the killer's hit list, and she finds the detective with whom she's working, Bill Templeton, falling in love with her. Realizing she makes bad choices more often then she would like, Margaret desperately attempts to solve the murders and reconcile her spiritual and secular lives. Only God knows where it will all end, but Margaret's faith-and ultimately her love-will lead her to the truth.


Editor's Choice Award, ''The Absence of Goodness''

Availability for Public Speaking

Speaking Engagement Availability: Yes - willing to go anywhere in Illinois

Contact: Carol Morris @ 217-891-1943