Frame 232

The time had come, she decided, to rid herself of this burden, to take the steps necessary to put the matter to rest once and for all. And the first, she knew—against every instinct and desire—was to watch that film….

FACT— Only a handful of people who were standing in Dealey Plaza on the day JFK was assassinated remain unidentified.

FACT— One of them, a woman wearing a head scarf who has since become known as the ‘Babushka Lady,’ was no more than thirty feet from the presdient’s limousine when he was struck.

FACT— Many assassination experts believe she not only had a camera, but a video camera, and thus probably shot the clearest and most detailed moving images of the horror that unfolded. However, her film has never seen the light of day.

WHAT IF— This film surfaced now…and showed something that no one except the elusive ‘Babushka Lady’ has ever seen…something that radically altered everything we thought we knew about the assassination…and became a dire threat to a few very powerful people…people who would stop at nothing to keep the truth concealed….

During the reading of her mother’s will, Sheila Baker discovers that she has inherited everything her parents ever possessed, including their secrets. A mysterious safe-deposit box key leads her to the answer to one of history’s greatest questions—Who killed John F. Kennedy? Not only does she have the missing film that exposes her late mother as the infamous ‘Babushka Lady,’—she has incontrovertible proof that there was more than one shooter.

On the run from people who will stop at nothing to keep their secrets buried, Sheila turns to billionaire sleuth Jason Hammond for help. Having lost his own family in a tragic plane crash, Jason knows a thing or two about running from the past. With a target on their backs and time running out, can Jason finally uncover the truth behind the crime that shook a generation—or will he and Sheila become its final victims?

Ten years in the making, Frame 232 is the new suspense novel from critically acclaimed, award-winning author Wil Mara, and the first in a new series featuring pivotal character Jason Hammond. It was released on July 1st from Tyndale House in eBook, hardcover, paperback, and large-print editions.

“Frame 232 is a fascinating and well-written story that asks intriguing ‘what if’ questions. Moving from the halls of government to the streets of Cuba, this is an action-packed story. Mara paces the story well; the first part of the book sets up the story and then the action picks up from there. His writing is very well-done. Unlike with some thrillers, the characters are not simply there to move the plot forward. Instead they are fully fleshed individuals with complex desires and realistic faults. There are no real negatives with Frame 232. If you like action-packed stories, this one has more depth than many and I would highly recommend it. The Jason Hammond series will be interesting to follow.”

—The Christian Manifesto

“This fast paced, historical fiction story grabs you from the beginning and twists a tale of intrigue and suspense. Using events in history, the author uses a deft hand to spin an alternate explanation to the theory surrounding President Kennedy’s assassination.”


“Wil Mara sends his reader into a mysterious adventure that results in white-knuckle-grip tension. The fast paced action is most prominent in the middle section of the book. A strength of the book is the evident research that was part of the book’s creation. Mara artfully weaves essential pieces of history into the novel that provide information the reader must understand; yet, that history appears in such a way that does not result in fragmented transitions. Another strong point of the novel is the apparent Christian faith that runs throughout the storyline and into the character’s lives. Readers who enjoy Mara’s mystery that delves into the unsolved queries of the past will look forward to the next novel in the Jason Hammond series that will be available in the summer of 2014.”


“My first inclination when I was reading the book was whether or not this was a Christian book, then remembered it came from a Christian publishing house. Despite that, the book was not heavily involved with religion. There was just enough to be able to label it as a Christian fiction. But it was the story itself that drew me in. It captured me from the first page all the way to the end, making it harder to put down, wanting to find out what was going to happen. For me, there was enough suspense, drama and intrigue. Plus enough reality to make it a truly enjoyable read. I enjoyed the historical aspects and the plot, kept me intrigued.”

—TennTwo Musings

“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 God’s meaning in both their lives and our history’s past.”


“After seeing the cover and reading the description, I was all ready for an exciting thriller mystery with plenty of action and secrecy. And I was not disappointed in the least. There was really no point where nothing was happening, and the constant perspective changes from character to character really kept me on my toes and waiting for the next triumph, or, in some cases, blow. Jason Hammond is struggling to move forward after his parents’ untimely death in a plane crash, and Sheila is still coping with her mother’s death and her big secret. I feel satisfied with the conclusion they reached, and I do not think Wil Mara left any questions unanswered. I also loved that he kept the suspenseful feeling throughout the book without using bad language. It was a clean, Christian book.”

—The Book Nook

“This is a book that will keep you reading until you are finished. I couldn’t believe how captivating it really was. I’m not usually interested in history, but Wil made it very interesting and enticing. What a GREAT premise for a novel! This fast paced, historical fiction story will grab the reader from the beginning and twists a tale of intrigue and suspense. Using events in history, the author spins an alternate explanation to the theory surrounding President Kennedy’s assassination. I loved the book from beginning to end, and I expect most readers to be spell bound by the book as well.”

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