Ready for summer? Got the e-reader loaded for traveling? I’ve lowered all my backlist prices to 99 cents at Smashwords and Nook, and soon Amazon will be matching them all. The first one has gone through: One O’clock Jump.
Halfway around the world, war has begun, but for Dorie Lennox, a newly-minted private eye on her first tail, danger is more immediate. The dark streets of Kansas City of 1939 offer swing music, fast cars, gangsters, and the chance to forget about the Depression and her own murky past. But first she must conquer her fears and save a woman on a bridge high above the muddy Missouri. Dorie is thrown into a quickly unraveling scam that offers salvation to few — and misery to plenty — in the high stakes world of machine politics and desperation deals.The landscape of America and the homefront of World War II are evoked in a thoughtful mystery that lingers for the force of characters and keen sharpness of a slice of history seen through the perceptive, compassionate eyes of Dorie Lennox.
Here’s what Publisher’s Weekly said about it when it first came out:
“Segueing neatly to the Kansas City of Count Basie and FDR’s fireside chats, McClendon debuts an excellent historical series, with evocative period dialogue and a story line full of surprises. Iris Jackson is a woman with a secret, but not for long. PI Dorie Lennox, hired to tail the meatpacker’s “bar girl,” thinks her first solo job is over when Iris jumps into the Missouri River, but this is just the beginning.”
The New York Times said: “Dorie Lennox is a tough cookie” while Sue Grafton called her “a humdinger of a private eye.” And Michael Connelly praised the book as “Wonderful… a richly detailed story that quite simply gets to your heart.”
Watch for the Kindle prices to drop this week. Or, as they say, watch this space!