Hello, readers! I am excited to feature The Mutiny Girl by Karen S. Gordon for the KC Reads book club! With all the Karen memes floating around, it’s an important time for Karens to stick together, so we often commiserate about the appropriation of our name (and laugh at the memes, of course).
Karen has written and published three books in the Gold and Courage series: The Mutiny Girl, Killer Deal, and Express Intent. She is currently working on her fourth book, Sick Money (but that’s a secret for the time being). Read her bio below and discover the origins of our featured book, The Mutiny Girl, a double finalist in the IAN Book of the Year awards.
Cover art, summary and link for purchase are below the bio.
Karen S. Gordon was born in Burbank, California, the fourth of five children, and the only girl.
Her fascination with the twenty-six black and white symbols began when she embarked on her first major writing project at age three: to copy the entire Los Angeles phone directory into her older brothers' school notebooks.
She's led an eclectic life. Karen got her first job at age twelve as a groom for a top polo player in Los Angeles. She was shipped-off to a private boarding school in Scottsdale, and later worked as a dough-roller at a major pizza parlor chain while attending the University of Arizona. Later she moved to Coconut Grove, Florida to be closer to her father, a practicing psychoanalyst.
That's where he helped her get a job in 1979 when she unwittingly went to work at the Hotel Mutiny. The Mutiny Girl is inspired by her experiences working inside the hotel's luxury private club while it doubled as the epicenter for Miami’s multi-billion dollar cocaine trade.
Since 1982 Karen has made a living in the commercial film/video production business as an award-winning producer, writer and editor.
She is the author of an Action/Adventure/Mystery series, Gold & Courage. The first book, The Mutiny Girl, was released early 2019 to critical acclaim and was followed by Killer Deal, in January 2020. The third book, Express Intent published in August 2020.
She lives in Texas with her rescue poodle-mashup, Dexter, and is an avid equestrian.
Vance Courage knows all too well the Hotel Mutiny was once the secret enclave for Miami's notorious Cocaine Cowboys. Law enforcement, drug lords, and lots of shady operatives lived it up inside the Mutiny's high security private club.
Outside the hotel, Miami was a war zone. The coroner stored murder victims in rented refrigerated trucks. Witnesses and jurors disappeared. A federal judge was gunned down outside his home.
But that was a different era. Or was it?
Courage is a lawyer now and his practice is on the skids. When a fugitive sneaks into Miami from Cuba, it unleashes demons from the past. Characters from the Cocaine Cowboy days are cropping up — including an enticing woman he meets on a dating app. With his life going nowhere fast, he wonders what they want with him. And why now?
This paradoxical tale of murder, tenderness, corruption, and family will get inside your head and won't let go until you've read the final word.
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