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n437239Hey folks–

Just to let you know, today only, December 2, 2013, you can get my new new mystery/thriller, Ruin Value: A Mystery of the Third Reich, at an 80% discount for the e-book. Just go to my page at Mysterious Press and click through to the supplier you want–Amazon, B&N, iTunes, Kobo. Only $2.99. You can get any of the other great e-books from Mysterious Press for the same 80% discount today only.

And pardon the horn tooting, but Ruin Value also continues to get good reviews. I last shared some of these with you on a September 30, 2013 posting. Below are some more.

To refresh the memory–a brief synopsis:

“Nuremberg is a dead city. In the aftermath of World War II, two-thirds of its population has fled or is deceased, with thirty thousand bodies turning the ruined industrial center into a massive open grave. Here, the vilest war criminals in history will be tried. But in Nuremberg’s dark streets and back alleys, chaos rules.

Captain Nathan Morgan is one of those charged with bringing order to the home of the war crime trials. A New York homicide detective who spent the war in Army intelligence, he was born to be a spy—and now, in 1945, there is no finer place for his trade than Nuremberg. As the US grapples with the Soviets for postwar supremacy, a serial murderer targets the occupying forces. Nathan Morgan may be the perfect spy, but it’s time for him to turn cop once800px-Nuremberg_in_ruins_1945_HD-SN-99-02987 more.”
NEW REVIEWS:
“Jones’ portrayal of the devastation caused by allied bombing picks up the reader by the scruff of the neck and deposits him/her right in the middle of the rubble….Ruin Value is a very good read.”
Bookloons–
“The author of this novel is a strong writer who is able to recreate the atmosphere and details of a post-WWII German city.”
Reviewing the Evidence–
“[Jones] creates believable characters of every sort and there is a plot that is worthy of the setting…. The best developed character though was the killer.  Jones has created a background for this person that lends understanding but still horrifies …[and adds] to the edge of your seat thrill of the story.”
Freedom Acres–
435px-Nuremberg_in_Ruins_1945_HD-SN-99-02986“[Ruin Value] ratcheted up the suspense as the killer grew closer to the detectives and the reporter. The time and setting is a reminder that anti-Semitism didn’t miraculously disappear once the war was over. Morgan is Jewish and endures epithets not only from the Germans but from his fellow Americans. Not only war is hell.”
Historical Novel Society–
Known for his carefully researched and well-developed characters,…[Jones] takes his readers to the setting of the Nuremberg Trials in the fall of 1945.”
Jane Crooks Britt, Florida Times-Union

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n437239My new thriller, Ruin Value, has its official pub date as October 1. To celebrate, I thought I would share some of the pre-pub critical response so far. But first, a brief synopsis:

Nuremberg is a dead city. In the aftermath of World War II, two-thirds of its population has fled or is deceased, with thirty thousand bodies turning the ruined industrial center into a massive open grave. Here, the vilest war criminals in history will be tried. But in Nuremberg’s dark streets and back alleys, chaos rules.

Captain Nathan Morgan is one of those charged with bringing order to the home of the war crime trials. A New York homicide detective who spent the war in Army intelligence, he was born to be a spy—and now, in 1945, there is no finer place for his trade than Nuremberg. As the US grapples with the Soviets for postwar supremacy, a serial murderer targets the occupying forces. Nathan Morgan may be the perfect spy, but it’s time for him to turn cop once more. And to aid him in his investigation he frees the former head of the Nuremberg police, Inspector Beck, from wrongful incarceration.
REVIEWS:
“The story is solid and suspenseful …but it’s the relationship between Morgan and Beck, two men who don’t like or trust one another, that makes the book such a rich, powerful read. Fans of WWII mystery fiction should consider this one mandatory reading.” David Pitt, Booklist

“Capt. Nathan Morgan, an NYPD homicide detective, and Chief Insp. Werner Beck, a former German Kripo investigator … make a promising sleuthing pair.”   Publishers Weekly

Included in Kirkus Review’s Last Chance: 10 Criminoous Yarns to Get You Through 2013″

Ruin Value remains a bold piece of writing and a very pleasing serial killer investigation and thriller. It’s well worth reading.” Thinking about Books

” I could almost taste the fear and dust and decay as I read it. … Definitely a case of right book at the right time!” Col’s Criminal Library

“Perfect for  readers of  historical crime fiction who like mysteries set in immediate postwar Europe and for readers who might be looking for a new crime writer who can whip up a good plot and keep it going consistently throughout the book… it’s rich in setting and the crime is well plotted.”      Crime Segments

“The unlikely duo of Morgan and Beck get the job done despite some friction in their teamwork. The writing is terrific and brings post-war Nuremberg vividly to life. The main characters are interesting and likeable, and the author does a very good job of working with the post-war setting instead of disguising modern characters and attitudes in 1945 attire.”    At the Scene of the Crime

 

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n437239Dear Gentle (and not-so-gentle) Reader:

A plug and a post.

First the plug:

My stand-alone thriller, Ruin Value: A Mystery of the Third Reich, is out this October. However, you intrepid NetGalley folks can get an early read and help spread the word. Here’s a quick blurb:

“Nuremberg is a dead city. In the aftermath of World War II, two-thirds of its population has fled or is deceased, with thirty thousand bodies turning the ruined industrial center into a massive open grave. Here, the vilest war criminals in history will be tried. But in Nuremberg’s dark streets and back alleys, chaos rules.

Captain Nathan Morgan is one of those charged with bringing order to the home of the war crime trials. A New York homicide detective who spent the war in Army intelligence, he was born to be a spy—and now, in 1945, there is no finer place for his trade than Nuremberg. As the US grapples with the Soviets for postwar supremacy, a serial murderer targets the occupying forces. Nathan Morgan may be the perfect spy, but it’s time for him to turn cop once more.”

And here’s the post–a story behind the book:

I first had the idea for this mystery/thriller about ten years ago. What an irony, I thought, for there to be a multiple murderer at work on the streets of a destroyed Nuremberg just as the War Crimes Trials are getting underway to determine responsibility for the deaths of millions. (I, in contrast to the blurb writer, use ‘multiple murderer,’ as the term ‘serial killer’ was not yest coined in 1945.) It was one of those stories that come to you all of a piece and I wrote the first five chapters in a couple of weeks. The writing was a pleasure; there was never a moment of dread facing an empty page in the morning. I was confident I was on to something.

Like Twain said, if the writing feels like labor, the book will read labored. Or something like that.

Anyway, I was excited about the book; I liked its intensity, its twists an turns. I loved the pairing of a Jewish OSS agent and former cop with a former Kripo officer.

But my agent was less pleased. He was what is known as a big concept agent–he wanted a black-hat, white-hat sort of thriller instead. I thought, what the hell, and set out to transform my mystery/thriller into a Thriller, focusing on the machinations of a Skorzeny-like former SS major and his band of rowdies who are determined to stop the trials and free Goering with the threat of a sarin-filled payload aboard a V-2 rocket aimed at Paris. There were subplots galore, including a female Soviet spy masquerading as an American scientist. It was a good book and a year later I delivered it to said agent who was not hugely impressed, but figured he could still shop it in the mid-five figures as a paperback original.

I could, however, hear an unspoken challenge in the inflection of his voice: Bump it up a notch and we could go hardcover and maybe hit some gold. So I went back to the desk to create a THRILLER!!. I retitled it The Nuremberg Defense, using the conceit of a non-existent chess maneuver along with the other more obvious resonance of that pairing of words. I almost doubled the length and even hired (for the first and last time) an outside editor–much respected–who further encouraged rewrites and more subplots. Show-don’t-tell is a rule made to be broken. You show everything, you’re going to have a doorstopper of a book, and that is exactly what I sent my agent another year (and several thousands of dollars) later.

Irate is, I guess, how I would label my agent’s subsequent email. What was I thinking? Who publishes such books anymore? This is too big, too long, too involved.

And the best was that he had pretty much forgotten that more modest Thriller submitted the year before–the one that he could shop in the mid five figures. My nudgings of his memory did indeed fall on deaf ears.

So the concept for Ruin Value lay dormant for a number of years, a scab I had no desire to pick at.

But, a few years ago, after I was already into my Viennese Mystery series, I had the desire to work on something a bit more contemporary, and thoughts of my OSS and Kripo guys came back, and this time without the resultant heartburn caused by later iterations of the concept. I went back, instead, to my early take on the story, and soon realized I was onto something much better than V-2 rockets.

And then came a bit of magic. A  former publisher stumbled onto my Facebook page; he had a connection with Vienna and also with the renowned publisher Otto Penzler. Otto was just starting up his Mysterious Press imprint once again, this time with Open Road Media; he was looking for new titles.

And voila, thus are sausages and novels made.

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