Jared McKean Mysteries

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"Magnum PI meets Tim McGraw."
Craig Combs, Atlanta, Georgia


"Nashville Private Investigator Jared McKean has a son with Down Syndrome, a best friend with AIDS, an ex-wife he can't seem to fall out of love with, and a weakness for women in jeopardy--until one frames him for murder."

His DNA and fingerprints are found at the murder scene. His voice is on the victim's answering machine. A man of his height and build was seen leaving the scene of the crime, and the victim was killed by a bullet from his gun. To further complicate matters, his teen-age nephew has just come out of the closet and run away to join a dangerous fringe of the Goth subculture. Now Jared must find a way to hold his family together, clear his name, and solve a case that could cost him his life.

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Many of you have asked, "Why so long before the release?" It takes time to design the cover, edit the book, send out review copies, and get all the promotional ducks in a row. The Permanent Press does twelve books a year and is noted for putting out quality work, so I'm honored to be working with them.

The second book in the series, A Cup Full of Midnight, is scheduled for release in August of 2012 at the Killer Nashville Thriller, Mystery, and Crime Literature Conference.

I first saw Jared McKean leaning against a wooden fence. His arms were crossed, and he was wearing jeans and a brown leather bomber jacket that I knew had once belonged to his father. He was waiting for me to give up trying to write a novel featuring a feisty female detective I didn't understand, come to my senses, and give him a series of his own. It makes not a whit of difference that this encounter occurred entirely in my mind.

On the surface, Jared and I have little in common. He's a man; I'm a woman. He's tall, rangy, and athletic; I'm built like a potato bug. He's brave; I'm the kind of person who, when I go into a Laundromat, checks to see which dryer I will hide in if a knife-wielding maniac comes through the door. Yet, I understand him better than I've ever understood anyone in my life. He has a journey to take and a story to tell, and I am honored to be the one to tell it.

"You know he's not real," a friend once said.

"I'm a writer," I answered. "Half the people I know aren't real."

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