â€œAnd Iâ€™ve heard dozens of so-called experts make their arguments over whether Oswald really acted alone or was part of a larger conspiracy. I know the truth about that â€“ and the proof is on the film,â€ Sheila Bakerâ€™s mother writes stoically in Wil Maraâ€™s novel, Frame 232.
First in the new Jason Hammond Series, this four hundred and twenty-four page paperback book asks the half century old question: was there a second shooter in the John F. Kennedy assassination in 1963? With no profanity or overtly sexual scenes, the depictions of murder, violence and torture would make the tome acceptable for mature young adults and older, especially those interested in conspiracy theories surrounding this horrible day in American history. As a Christian based book, this reader wishes all pronouns related to God were capitalized for reverence.
After Sheila Bakerâ€™s mother passes away, Sheilaâ€™s curiosity is peaked when she is given a key to a safe deposit box at a different bank than her parents normally used. Changing the young womanâ€™s life forever, inside the box is her motherâ€™s hand-written letter along with well-preserved camera film dated November 22, 1963, the day John F. Kennedy was shot.
Never giving one hint throughout the decades in her mundane life of being curbside to watching President Kennedy drive by, Sheilaâ€™s mother has hidden her participation as the famous Babushka Lady who may have photographed the entire event from a different unseen angle that shows a possible second shooter.
Yet years later when most individuals who witnessed the assassination are deceased, the minute Sheila is in possession of the all-telling film, she is thrown into the world of being watched, spied upon and tracked every movement. She contacts billionaire and philanthropist Jason Hammond to help and protect her, the film and its eye-awakening contents from getting into the wrong hands.
Through both harrowing and sometimes unrealistic challenges the couples face trying to prove the infamous cover up, this is a page turner that catapults the conspiracy that could have been corroborated if one uncovered the whereabouts of the actual true-to-life unknown Babushka Lady and her coveted film.
Mara does an excellent job methodically tying the knots between historical facts and suspenseful fiction as the plot to uncover the second shooter escalates while, at the same time, the two protagonists try to understand Godâ€™s meaning in both their lives and our historyâ€™s past.
This book was furnished by Tyndale House Publishers for review purposes. Below are three Author Question/Answers in regard to this book:
What inspired you to write a novel around the assassination of President John F.
Kennedy? I have always been fascinated by the assassination, which, obviously, was one of the most pivotal and enigmatic events in American history. And when I heard about the â€˜Babushka Ladyâ€™---one of the few people in Dealey Plaza that day who remains unidentified --- and the possibility that she may have filmed the shooting, an idea came to mind that seemed too good to disregard.
What have you learned about the real Babushka Lady? She was wearing an overcoat, glasses, and a head scarf (i.e., a babushka), and was standing about thirty
feet from the limousine when the president took the fatal shot. Most assassination experts believe she was also holding a camera ---very possibly a film camera. If so, and if she had a reasonably steady hand, then she probably took the best moving images of the assassination; even better than the famed Zapruder film. Plus, she was standing opposite Zapruder, which afforded her a unique angle. And yet, we donâ€™t know her name, and her film has never surfaced. And hereâ€™s the most important part about her in relation to Frame 232 --- she was a real person. I didnâ€™t invent her to serve the story. If you do a Google search, youâ€™ll find her.
What is the significance of the title? Simple --- once the Babushka film is analyzed, the key moment that helps our heroes move forward with their investigation occurs on frame 232.