But first, a word from … Today’s Sponsor
Colleen Collins offers up both the fact and the fiction of private investigations in two of her books sponsoring today’s Kindle Daily Deal. She is a real-life private eye and an award-winning author who’s written 20 novels and anthologies. How Do Private Eyes Do That? shares the truth of private investigations. The Zen Man demonstrates how Collins applies the facts to create compelling, reality-based fiction. Mystery fans and would-be mystery authors will love the two-pronged offer today.
Here’s the set-up:
How Do Private Eyes Do That? is a compilation of articles about private investigations written by Colleen Collins, a professional private investigator. Its topics are geared to readers interested in the world of PIs, including fiction writers, researchers, investigators and those simply curious about the profession.
A supplement to the book is a chapter from How to Write a Dick: A Guide to Writing Fictional Sleuths from a Couple of Real-Life Sleuths, co-authored by Colleen Collins. This chapter describes numerous specializations in the field of private investigations, including legal investigations, infidelity investigations, pet detection, insurance investigations, personal injury investigations, executive protection and more.
“If you’re looking for the lowdown on private investigations, this is it. Packed with details and insights. A must-have for anybody writing private-eye fiction and for anybody who’s curious about what being a private-eye is really like.”- Bill Crider, author of the Sheriff Dan Rhodes series and many other novels in multiple genres
“A must have for any writer serious about crafting authentic private eyes. Collins knows her stuff.” – Lori Wilde, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author
Here’s the set-up for The Zen Man:
Just as washed-up criminal defense attorney, life-long Deadhead (nickname “The Zen Man”), and current PI Rick Levine decides to get relicensed as a lawyer, he’s charged with killing one and ends up in the slammer with a half-mil bail.
Released on bond, Rick and his girlfriend Laura have 30 days to find the real killer. In the course of their investigations, they dig for dirt among Denver’s shady legal backrooms to its tony corporate centers. Dodging bullets, a kidnapping, trumped-up charges and the FBI’s unwanted intervention, Rick and Laura continue tracking key suspects who have motive…eventually learning that true redemption begins at home.
From the reviewers:
“I loved every single word of The Zen Man!” ~ Delores Fossen, USA Today Best-selling Author
“Rick and Laura are incredibly charming and likable…and the book’s mystery is well structured with clues and red herrings doled out steadily to move the plot along and keep things interesting… can’t wait for the return of The Zen Man.” ~Book Reviews by Elizabeth A. White
“The Zen Man is an homage and update of Dashiell Hammett’s Nick and Nora Charles, a well-paced mix of banter, action, and New Age philosophizing.” ~ Gerald So, owner-moderator of DetecToday for fans of the private eye genre
“Move over Sam Spade, Nick and Nora; make room for a Denver who-dun-it, Colleen Collins’s The Zen Man. Brilliant and fast-paced writing. I couldn’t put it down.” ~ Donnell Ann Bell, Award-Winning Author of The Past Came Hunting
“Not only do the pages fly by with the action and plot twists, but the characters will keep you guessing their next move as well. I was thoroughly entertained and can’t wait to read the next installment of this fabulous gumshoe novel!” ~ Wendy Hines, Minding Spot book reviews
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