Despite the presence of such modern-day trappings as AIDS, Goths, DNA forensics and a decidedly sympathetic view of his Downs Syndrome child, JARED McKEAN's 2009 debut, Racing the Devil, the first in a proposed series, is in other ways a decidedly real old-fashioned hard-boiled private eye yarn.
You've got your classic femme fatale, a murder frame and of course a heart-on-his-sleeve private eye with a messy personal life who makes the perfect patsy.
E. Michael Terrell is a member of the MWA, the PWA, Sisters in Crime, the Tennessee Writers' Alliance and probably the AAA. She's also a certified Equine Sports Massage Therapist, so if your horse needs a rubdown...
By the way, it's interesting what a little name change can do. In 2012, Racing the Devil was re-released as by "Jaden E. Terrell" and was promptly nominated for a Best First P.I. Novel of 2012, even though it was published three years earlier. Turns out it's not just Jared McKean who bears watching...
Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.
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