Falling Up in The City of Angels
In this raw, honest, and poetic novel, Tony reveals to the reader (and to himself) the exciting and sometimes hollow search for meaning in LA-LA land. Garrett paints a vivid portrait of millennials and relationships in the age of Tinder and friends with benefits. He takes the reader on a voyeuristic journey through his new haunts of Santa Monica, Venice Beach, and Malibu with all their quirky, shady, and wondrous characters. Often compared to:- Bright Lights, Big City- Californication – The Great Gatsby- On The Road- The Catcher in the RyeA hopeless romantic and a perfectionist with a penchant for mistakes, the protagonist Tony falls in love with the allure of the City of Angels and learns to live with his own imperfections. He leaves behind everything familiar in his hometown of Atlanta with only $1,800 to his name to pursue his dream of being a writer in Los Angeles. “Connor Judson Garrett’s novel, Falling Up in The City of Angels, takes us on a fresh romp through the adventures of Tony, a young wannabe writer as he makes his way through his new home in LA, far from the only world he had ever known back in Georgia. And what a romp it will be as Tony stumbles and falls, yet, continues to pick himself up as he makes his way into adulthood. Garrett has crafted a truly wonderful, debut novel worthy of both our time and attention.” — Robert Hicks, author of the New York Times Bestseller The Widow of The South
by Author Connor Judson Garrett
Burned: The True Story of the Murder and Crime that Wasn’t
Now in paperback. Was a monstrous killer brought to justice or an innocent mother condemned?
On an April night in 1989, Jo Ann Parks survived a house fire that claimed the lives of her three small children. Though the fire at first seemed a tragic accident, investigators soon reported finding evidence proving that Parks had sabotaged wiring, set several fires herself, and even barricade her four-year-old son inside a closet to prevent his escape. Though she insisted she did nothing wrong, Jo Ann Parks received a life sentence without parole based on the power of forensic fire science that convincingly proved her guilt.
But more than a quarter century later, a revolution in the science of fire has exposed many of the incontrovertible truths of 1989 as guesswork in disguise. The California Innocence Project is challenging Parks’s conviction and the so-called science behind it, claiming that false assumptions and outright bias convicted an innocent mother of a crime that never actually happened.
If Parks is exonerated, she could well be the “Patient Zero” in an epidemic of overturned guilty verdicts—but only if she wins. Can prosecutors dredge up enough evidence and roadblocks to make sure Jo Ann Parks dies in prison? No matter how her last-ditch effort for freedom turns out, the scenes of betrayal, ruin, and hope will leave readers longing for justice we can trust.
by Author Edward Humes
Grand Slam Murders
“A compulsively readable series debut, dripping in Southern charm, for a clever sleuth whose bridge skills break the case.”—Kirkus Reviews
When the four wealthy widows who make up the venerable Rosalie Bridge Club never get up from their card table, this quiet Mississippi town has its first quadruple homicide. Who put cyanide in their sugar bowl? An aspiring member and kibitzer with the exclusive club, Wendy Winchester takes a personal interest in finding justice for the ladies.
She also has a professional motivation. A frustrated society columnist for the Rosalie Citizen, she’s ready to deal herself a better hand as an investigative reporter. This could be her big break. Plus, she has a card or two up her sleeve: her sometimes boyfriend is a detective and her dad is the local chief of police.
Partnering up with the men in her life, Wendy starts shuffling through suspects and turning over secrets long held close to the chest by the ladies. But when a wild card tries to take her out of the game, Wendy decides it’s time to up the ante before she’s the next one to go down . . .
“Lee deals a winning hand with his welcome mystery debut . . . An attractive protagonist, plenty of Southern charm, a long suit of colorful characters, and a plot that comes up trumps at the surprising end all bode well for future installments.”—Publishers Weekly
“Lee vividly captures life in a quirky southern town ruled by a rich elite, and heightens interest with a plot that exposes past secrets and a budding romance.”—Booklist
by Author R.J. Lee
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