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"A clear new voice offering a startling, memorable debut. In this psychological thriller, a reclusive artist opens up to her new neighbors with life-changing consequences... In her debut, Strick successfully writes with the confidence of a seasoned author. Her prose is often striking… the narrative’s emotional layers grow increasingly complex;…characters…achieve beautiful realization… it is executed masterfully…"

From Kirkus Reviews

"KINGDOM COME, CA is an astonishingly fine book - and the fact that it is a debut novel makes its appearance all the more important. Judy Strick not only knows how to write a mesmerizing story, but she also knows the climate - physical as well as psychological - of her home, Southern California… Writing of this fascinating quality comes around too rarely. Catch it at it's nascent best… Highly Recommended."

by Grady Harp

"One of the best reads that has come my way in a long time. Kingdom Come, CA will almost blind-side you with a surprise ending. Superbly crafted, hugely enjoyable read!...Two thumbs up!"

by Grandma, Amazon Reviewer

"The characters, the setting, the writing all pulled me towards the end too quickly. The Southern California setting was dead-on and even the incidental details were perfect. But the characters are what really made this story for me. … I couldn't put it down. Hard to believe it was a debut novel. I only hope the author can be as prolific as John Irving."

by Katherine R Brandon

Welcome to Kingdom Come, CA

Unexplainable things happen. Some call it coincidence.

In the psychological thriller Kingdom Come, CA., author Judy Strick paints a compelling world of engaging characters placed in a  rural setting, Readers will find a deeply satisfying work of literary fiction that leaves them questioning everything from their own responses and interactions with the people in their lives to the very way we define reality.

Ruby Wellman is a reclusive surrealist artist, whose life has been changed by a childhood tragedy.  Finn McCord is a reclusive six year old , profoundly disturbed and hiding  a horrifying secret.  Finn talks only to animals and imaginary friends. Ruby communicates through her paintings, which nobody sees. Their lives intersect in a tiny mountain town in the middle of nowhere.  

Kingdom Come, is a vividly believable small town, a 21st century Brigadoon.  Ruby and Finn are joined by a cast of colorful supporting characters: from Ruby’s divorced and broken parents to the worldly and sophisticated Hannah and Mischa McCord, formerly of Manhattan - a curious addition to an eclectic collection of Kingdom Comers that includes an herbalist guru, a ruggedly handsome jack-of-all-trades part-time sheriff; a dead 40s cowboy movie star, a dog named Tonto, and the Wizard, Finn’s new  best friend who will come to play an important role, as Ruby’s paintings and Finn’s dreams collide in an unexpected explosion that both heals and reveals old secrets and wounds. Strick populates her novel with rich, engaging personalities, developing them fully to beautifully capture the complexities of the human condition. The world that she creates may delve into the mystical, but it is securely affixed to a reality that is made all the more familiar by the three-dimensional characters who inhabit it.

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