"All the best stories in the world are but one story in reality -- the story of escape. It is the only thing which interests us all and at all times, how to escape."
--Author Christopher Benson



Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Dead Man of the Year by Stephen Hawley Martin

Publication Release July 1, 2010
ISBN:  978-892538-75-8

It's 1994, and Brian Durston has left a large advertising firm in New York, to join his Uncle Rod's mid-size firm in Virginia, where his uncle has promised that he will be a partner.  His uncle has summoned him to the office after hours, Brian thinks he wants to talk about his place in the firm, but when he gets to his office, he finds his uncle slumped over his desk, dead.  The police rule the death a suicide, which means the life insurance won't pay, his uncle's family may lose everything and Brian will not be able to join the firm.  Brian knows his uncle would never take the easy way out or leave his family this way, he is sure Rod Durston was murdered, now he just has to prove it.

At the same time, the agency's biggest account has comes under review, so he not only has to find his uncle's killer, he also has to try to save the account and the company.  With the help of a beautiful copy writer, Nickie D'Agostino he may be able to do both, unless she is the murderer.

This book gives an accurate depiction of the high pressure world of advertising along with a serious whodunit mystery/suspense/thriller.  It is one of those books that keeps you on the edge of your seat. A fast paced story with you trying to hang on tight, trying to find the answer to the million dollar question of who benefits most?  This is a book you will not put down until the very last page, so expect a sleepless night.

 To find out more about the author, be sure to visit his website www.shmartin.com/.  You can also order your own copy of Dead Man of the Year.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Oaklea Press. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

1 comment:

Natalie W said...

Sounds like my kind of book! I'll have to check it out.