Theodore Sjogren’s “The Separated Woman.” In one single 54,000-word sentence, The Separated Woman gives new significance to the phrase “stream of consciousness,” demonstrating what it means to be fully immersed in a work of fiction. The intensity of this immersion is crystallized by its brutal simplicity as the novel reveals the mind of one man—possibly a serial murderer—talking to a detective in a late-night café. In metaphysical moodiness it rivals Kafka’s The Trial and in existential grit outdoes Camus’ The Stranger. This engrossing and challenging read is not for the fainthearted. From deep within the nature of the world we live in, Sjogren takes his mystery/thriller into a bare, penetrating exploration by way of a single, thought-defying sentence.
Congratulations to our three finalists for the Outskirts Press 2019 Best Book of the Year award: The Red Shore by Andrew Ceroni, Dance Because You Can by Amy Jordan and To Paint a Murder by E.J. Gandolfo. These works are impressive and it’s going to be an interesting sprint to the finish!
All three books took home awards from this year’s EVVY Awards, qualifying the authors for Outskirts Press highest honor! Remember, only one book can win—so look into your choices, order their books and cast your vote. Polls will open September 9th through September 13th 5:00 PM Mountain Time.
So, come back on Monday, Sept. 9th, to cast your vote for the book you believe to be the best of the three.
Meet Your First Finalist
The Red Shore
Dave McClure arrives in Bar Harbor, Maine, for some rest and relaxation before returning to the CIA-a world he left behind years ago. But he is unaware of the danger he’ll face in the days ahead as he discovers the secrets that lie in the deep ocean trenches of the Atlantic. Deadly secrets.
McClure is unexpectedly thrust into the middle of a vicious Russian plot and a harbor town’s lethal intrigue, each as perilous as they are startling, and struggles to make sense of all the jumbled pieces in this deadly puzzle. Is there a connection between Russian drone submarines probing the U.S. coastline, a Top-Secret, advanced technology Navy torpedo program, and the sinister secret behind Tamarack Harbor’s missing boys? Another brutal murder is the catalyst that finally leads McClure to the juncture of high-stakes espionage and an impending attack on American soil. As the CIA and the U.S. Navy race against time and the Russian threat, the powerful pull of emotion will test the limits of Dave McClure’s skill, strength, and courage.
About Author Andrew Ceroni
Andrew Ceroni served a distinguished career as a Senior Supervisory Special Agent in the conduct of global counterespionage and antiterrorism operations. He received his BS degree from the U.S. Air Force Academy; MA from Case Western Reserve University; and studied several foreign languages at the University of Maryland. He lives in Colorado with his family.
The Best Book of the Year winner will receive a Grand Prize of $1,500 as a direct result of your choice at the polls. So, come back on Monday, September 9th, to cast your vote!
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Burr B. Anderson’s “Detonation: A Brick Morgan Novel.” A dirty nuclear bomb and organized crime wrecks havoc on a suspicious sold-out cruise ship heading for the Panama Canal. Renowned maritime investigator Brick Morgan teams up with brainy and beautiful FBI Special Agent Nicole Cofield to take them all down.
Edward Vogler’s “Reanna Reloaded.” A Veteran CIA agent must rescue a German scientist before he is taken to Moscow where a Soviet interrogator is waiting for him. The veteran’s wife with her Russian background and martial arts expertise realizes the urgency of this high-stakes international plot and is compelled to protect her husband at any cost. Fans of “Dual Assassins” will be thrilled by this exciting thriller sequel.
John Michael Griffin’s “This’ll Be The Day That I Die.” Four people, in perfect health and from different walks of life, know the date of their death as a result of a recent discovery by genetic scientists. The announcement overwhelms them as they go from disbelief and denial to resignation and resolution. Each person takes a different course as they prepare themselves by looking back on their lives and numbering the days they have left. Discover what happens to them and how the human spirit can change so suddenly as each person moves forward towards their final day of our most precious possession: life.