From his spectacular book cover to his mystery identity, James Wallace Birch has us curious! Next up for the KC Reads book club: If You Find Emory Walden. We’ll be trying to solve the mystery of a missing person and a missing three million dollars! Join us to discuss this debut novel!
Cover art, summary and link for purchase below.
Eight years ago, James’ friend Emory disappeared, leaving behind his memoirs and the promise of a hidden cache of $3 million. James published the memoir and became a famous professor. But his obsession with Emory’s disappearance destroyed his personal life. He never went to find the money.
Years later, James’ former student, Melanie, knocks on his door with a clue that Emory might still be alive. Together, they take to the road with a copy of Emory’s memoir and a taunting riddle someone sent them. Is the riddle a hint from Emory? Why is he reaching out? And what happened to the money James never went looking for?
If You Find Emory Walden is author James Wallace Birch’s long-anticipated follow up to the reader-acclaimed Discontents: The Disappearance of a Young Radical.
Join James and Melanie on a journey through claustrophobic cities, suburban nightmares, and wide-open roads as they chase down the riddle of the disappearance of a notorious fugitive. Follow their van life on the road. Sing along with them to early 2000s pop punk and emo bands. But don’t trust everything you read in this fascinating blend of suspense, mystery, adventure, and nostalgia.
Amazon link here.
The KC Reads book club is thrilled to feature Pay to Play by retired FBI
special agent Jerry Williams! Join us to talk about her accomplished
career, podcast, books, and her current shenanigans. Jerri’s bio, cover art
for Pay to Play, and link to purchase are below.
Jerri Williams-Short Bio:
Jerri Williams has always been a storyteller and, after serving 26
years as a special agent in the FBI, she has plenty of stories to tell.
During most of her Bureau career she worked major economic fraud
investigations and was amazed at the schemes and deceptions con-
artist and corrupt corporate and public officials would devise to steal
other people’s money. She notes that with a gun, they can steal
hundreds. But with a lie, they can steal millions.
She is using her prior professional experiences with scams and
schemers to write crime fiction about greed and often jokes that she
is reliving her glory days by producing and hosting FBI Retired Case
File Review, a true crime and history podcast where she interviews
retired FBI agents about their high-profile cases and careers. Based
on her experience as an FBI spokesperson, she also debunks
misconceptions about the FBI and is under contract as a technical
consultant for major TV networks and production companies wanting
to create authentic FBI dramas and characters.
Special Agent Kari Wheeler may have made the worst decision of her life.
The deeper she digs into the new assignment she unwisely accepted,
investigating corruption in the Philadelphia strip club industry, the more her
work threatens everything she values most--her FBI career, her marriage,
even the closely held secrets of her painful past.
Her new case has her gathering the evidence to prove that a corrupt city
official is accepting bribes and breaking the same adult entertainment laws
he's supposed to enforced. But when Kari enters the seductive world of
high-end clubs and sleazy strip joints she faces temptations too difficult to
resist. Before she becomes the star of a media scandal that could sidetrack
the corruption investigation and trial, the married mother-of-three must
devise a counter plan to protect all at risk of being destroyed. How far will
Amazon link here.