Book Description

Darker By Degree by Keri Knutson

The Indie Book of the Day for 17th of October, 2012!

Genre: Suspense, Women Sleuths

A missing girl. A mysterious break-in. A brutal murder. Struggling actress Maddie Pryce is looking for her big break and a way out of her day job at a crumbling movie palace from Hollywood’s heyday, but finds herself at the center of a series of seemingly unrelated crimes. Soon she’s tangled up with a persistent detective, a driven director, a playboy producer, and an unstable ingenue. Can Maddie unravel the clues before her next role is as a serial killer’s victim?

If it wasn’t for a steady supply of criminals, actress Maddie Pryce’s razor-sharp wit might be West Hollywood’s most dangerous weapon. Whether meeting up with junkie burglars or snide corporate theater owners, sadistic murderers or snarky homicide detectives, she manages to hold her own.

The situations are intense, the descriptions vivid, the action vibrant, and the twisting plots are always driven by headstrong, curious Maddie. Detective Kyle Oberman says, “An angry Maddie is like letting loose a bouncy ball in the housewares aisle.”

As Maddie moves impulsively through everything from vandalism to serial killings, she manages to keep her instincts honed, calling to bear something her mother noticed in her, even as a young child. “My mother used to tell the story of my first swim lesson, when I walked right past the instructor and the water-wings in her outstretched arms and jumped right in to the deep end of the pool. She called it the look-before-you-leap syndrome.”

That’s Maddie . She’ll have you on the edge of your seat while she comes up with the most resourceful way to extract herself from a killer, then have no concept of how to deal with a romantic entanglement. She’ll draw beautiful pictures of Southern California, then uncover the dark underbelly of crime. You may feel at times like you’re in the great Golden Age of Hollywood until Maddie opens her mouth, then you know for sure where you are. Just one more way Maddie has of putting people in their place.

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Book Insight

  • File Size: 377 KB
  • Print Length: 205 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0059IWOVG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled

Read Sample

Keri Knutson has been writing since she could hold a crayon, and reading nearly as long. She writes inside her head constantly, and some of that makes it to the page.

Other than writing, she loves hockey, beer, zombie movies, the Whedonverse, Doctor Who, and being the keeper of archaic words nobody uses and all obscure character actor knowledge.

She grew up idolizing Matheson, Bradbury, Ellison, Lovecraft, and King and her favorite childhood memory is grabbing the newest edition of The Year’s Best Horror Stories off the spinning rack at the Duckwall’s, because, man, that was a ticket to absolutely anywhere.

She is the co-author, along with Susan Branham, of the novels Darker By Degree and Director’s Cut in the Maddie Pryce mystery series, and also the author of numerous short stories, the novel Running Red, and the upcoming novels A Willingness of Witches and Lost Things.

She lives in New Orleans with her husband, five kids, three dogs, two cats, and one zombie goldfish.

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