Only about three months remain until the release of Fair Is Foul and Foul Is Fair, the second novel in the Malone series. I’ve finally settled on the cover.
In this book, Ben Malone makes the leap from LAPD detective to Los Angeles private investigator. Candidly I always envisioned him as a P.I. but the storyline of Come What May just seemed to work better with Malone in the role of an actual police detective.
Another significant change coming with book two in the series is a change from a third-person limited point of view to a first-person. The two authors who most influence my writing in crime fiction is the legendary Raymond Chandler and the contemporary “Dean of Crime Fiction” the late Robert B. Parker. Both of these prolific writers used the first-person point of view and so I’m anxious to give it a go. As an avid reader of Mystery, Thiller & Suspense novels and books in its subgenres, I like books written in first-person because it seems easier to connect and to identify with the characters.
At present, Fair Is Foul and Foul Is Fair will be offered both as an eBook and in paperback. While sales of the Come What May hardcover version have mildly exceeded my expectations to this point, they haven’t yet justified the investment required to produce hardcover editions. So, I’ll wait and evaluate a bit longer before deciding whether to publish this second book in hardcover.I’m also still collecting data and evaluating the decision to publish the eBook version of Come What May exclusively with Amazon’s KDP Select. At the moment I’m inclined to pull the book from KDP Select and to make it available through more channels. I haven’t ruled out enrolling Fair Is Foul and Foul Is Fair in KDP Select for the initial 90-days after release, but I’ll probably wait until a month out from publication to make the final decision.
I’m also still collecting data and evaluating the decision to publish the eBook version of Come What May exclusively with Amazon’s KDP Select. At the moment I’m inclined to pull the book from KDP Select and to make it available through more channels. I haven’t ruled out enrolling Fair Is Foul and Foul Is Fair in KDP Select for the initial 90-days after release, but I’ll probably wait until a month out from publication to make the final decision. Truthfully, I just haven’t been all that impressed with my first KDP Select experience.
I’ve completed a first draft of the blurb for Fair Is Foul and Foul Is Fair. I’ve included it here to those interested an idea of what the second novel is about since I’ve yet to create a dedicated page for it.
Fair Is Foul and Foul Is Fair Blurb
Former LAPD detective turned Los Angeles private investigator Ben Malone must hunt down deadly killers terrorizing Hollywood in this fast-paced detective mystery thriller from Larry Darter.
Soon after resigning from the LAPD and taking over the private detective agency of his late friend, Jack Bright, Malone receives a visitor at his office. This time the visit is from blonde, gorgeous, young woman with an interesting story, unusual pastime, odd request, and a pile of cash. That can mean only one thing, a new case.
The woman reveals she has witnessed the murder of an acquaintance but because she has a personal secret to protect can’t go to the police. Instead, she asks Malone to go to the police as her proxy with her story. After explaining that he can’t just act as a stand-in for her as a murder witness, Malone agrees to try and help her by fulfilling the intent of her request without identifying her to the police or revealing her secret.
It should be a straightforward, albeit somewhat peculiar job for Malone: find and identify the killers, develop evidence that implicates them, and then bring them to the attention of the LA cops. But after only a few hours into the case and three murders later, matters quickly become complicated.
As the case rapidly grows darker once ugly secrets about both the killers and his client come to light, Malone learns that when it comes to guilt and innocence, things are not always as they appear. Sometimes fair is foul and foul is fair. The case that once seemed so simple turns into a treacherous and politically charged investigation.
To make matters worse, things become personal. Malone faces his most difficult challenge yet, keeping his cool while his beloved Sara Bernstein is in danger, he uses all his connections both above and below the law to uncover the truth and will stop at absolutely nothing to rescue the woman he loves from harm’s way.
Fair Is Foul and Foul Is Fair is the second book in the Malone Novels series.
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