"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."
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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Is It Safe? by Jerol Anderson

Whiskey Creek Press
ISBN-10: 1603138838
ISBN-13: 978-1603138833

May Johnson leaves behind her mother, sister June, and her dull life in Minnesota for the big city of San Francisco.  It doesn't take long and she finds herself the girlfriend to a mobster and is the only witness to his murder.  The authorities try to make it look as if May was also killed and put her into the Witness Protection Program.  US Marshall Durst is assigned as her handler and she goes through 4 different identities to keep her barely one step ahead of the mobsters who want her dead and want something they believe she has.

We follow May from San Francisco to Chicago, to rural Wisconsin as she tries to blend in to each new identity and keep herself alive. There are plot twists and turns that keep the pages turning as this becomes a fast paced story.  It is very well written with an unexpected surprise some readers may find a little unbelievable but it sure is an interesting twist.  I am anxious to read more by this author.

The author is from my home state of Wisconsin and will be signing books at Book World in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin on July 9th from 10:30 - 2:00 p.m. Anderson is the author of four books -- the first three feature Special Agent Jessica Tyson, while her latest is the stand-alone thriller Is It Safe? Meet her and get your signed copies!

Reviewer's Note:  My only negative comment is about the book synopsis on the back cover of the book.  The synopsis names May's sister, June, as the main character in error. This is one of the pitfalls to self publishing and smaller publishing firms.  So this is a great example of not judging the book by it's cover or edit your mind to read May where is says June on the back cover. 

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the author. 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.”

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