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Shannon debuts with a character-driven murder mystery set in the late 1960s.

By all appearances, Jack Bishop has everything a man could want. Handsome, fit, and successful, he works at Laughton Aeronautics, a major corporation that produces aircraft parts. Outside of his career, Jack has a beautiful wife, Joanna, and two children, but he feels restless nonetheless. The charm seems to have left his marriage, and he and Joanna are locked in an endless loop of quiet indifference. When Jack is asked to find a new assistant for a major project at work, he immediately falls for Lora Denning, the daughter of a longtime manager in his office whose beauty and seductive powers draw Jack out of his boredom. Before long, Jack is entangled in a dangerous affair that costs him not only his marriage, but his job, house, and security. Soon, the man who had it all finds himself homeless and stripped of all of his former power. But even these losses pale in comparison to the frightening truth he discovers about his mistress: she’s linked to a dark circle of people who are stealing from Jack’s company and selling secrets to not only rival companies, but countries that are embroiled in war. Even after jilting him, Lora sets Jack up to take the fall for his boss’s murder and leads him on a destructive path that has him pursued by the police for the heinous crimes. Jack’s story is one of delicious irony, as his pursuit of happiness at the cost of his loved ones results in his own destruction. Fast-paced and gripping, Jack and Joanna’s domestic troubles serve as a mere steppingstone to his intense struggle for safety as well as redemption for his sins. Although his mistakes are many, Jack emerges as sympathetic and heroic as he sets out to right the wrongs he himself set into motion. The novel packs in sex, espionage, murder, and betrayal in an original and compelling mix.

A cautionary tale of one man’s overreaching for excitement and the deadly consequences.

Pub Date: March 14th, 2014
ISBN: 978-1-4918-7283-3
Page count: 230pp
Publisher: AuthorHouse
Program: Kirkus Indie
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15th, 2015


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