Thanks to everyone who picked up a copy of What Smiled at Him and to everyone who spread the word. With your support, several hundred new readers from nearly a dozen countries grabbed copies of What Smiled at Him in the last five days. I hope that the giveaway helped to break up the February doldrums.
What Smiled at Him is available as an ebook for about the price of a cup of coffee, and as a paperback for around the price of a movie ticket. I think that it will matter to you more in the long term than either. And maybe you’ll enjoy it.
What Smiled at Him is a contemporary mystery in which two childhood friends find every clue they need to solve a grisly double murder, but choose not to.
Lynn and Marv, are in their late twenties, one a struggling musician, the other a salesman and both have begun to question the choices they’ve made. One night, far from home, alcohol, irresponsibility and coincidence reunite them with Caroline, the longtime object of their desires. Married into a wealthy Chicago family and unhappy, she begins an affair with Marv. A few weeks later, she’s arrested and charged with murdering her husband and infant son. As her trial nears, the unwelcome mystery pursues the friends through their searches for love, stabs at success, self-destructive lapses and leads one of them to his death.
“The novel has an angry edge to it, recalling the spirit of the Beats. Many of the peripheral characters speak like prophets… Marv and Lynn are just as self-aware as their supporting cast, and their abundance of wisdom sometimes stretches believability; it’s tempered, however, by the flaw of their continually self-destructive behavior. Watching them ignore their better instincts… makes the characters more endearing.”