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· Troubled Water

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· Fast Track (Kindle Edition)

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· Metro Tableau

· My First Kiss

· Raquette Lake

· Soul 159 (The Long Version)

· Soul 159

· The Wren

· Healing from Grief

· Wow

· Behind the Scenes in a Troubled Newsroom

· Who Should Direct the Movie of my Novel?

· Why I'm a Man Writing as a Woman

· I'm Afraid to Write!

· Advice on Writing a Novel

· Ode to a Mentor (or Letter from the Grave)

· Hope Can Spring From Tragedy

· Whittling it Down

· Metro Girl

· Garbage Day

· Cemetery at Sunset

· Of Frosted Flakes and Southern Comfort

· Half Our Lives Ago

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· Calling All Irish

· Coming to Ireland

· Coming to Vermont

· From Novice to Novelist

· From Novice to Novelist

· Workshop for Aspiring and/or Struggling Writers - Wisconsin

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· From Novice to Novelist

· Coming to Vermont

· Writing Retreat in Ireland

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· Bluff (Paperback Edition)
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Publisher:  Strategic Media Books


Copyright:  June 5, 2014

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Lark Chadwick is back!

 Troubled Water, the third novel in my Lark Chadwick mystery-suspense series, is now available as a Kindle eBook!

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About nine-thirty on this Saturday night, I was cruising down I-185 closing in on Columbia, but still in the boonies and having a heck of a time staying awake. I’d had so much caffeine that I was facing the law of diminishing returns – it seemed like the more coffee I drank, the sleepier I got.
To entertain myself, I kept hitting the scan button on my radio to see what kind of nonsense could be strung together by the brief bursts of audio snippets. One particularly amusing string sounded like this:
“Governor Gannon’s presidential campaign got a boost today when he won the endorsement of -- [fffftttt] -- JAY-zuss. Thank you, Lord. Thank you, Lord for your -- [fffftttt] -- Dodge Charger. It comes fully-equipped with -- [fffftttt] -- your own personal banker. That’s right. I’m here to -- [fffftttt] -- got a line on you, babe, yeah -- [fffftttt] -- I can’t get noooo…sat-is-FACK-shun. No, no, no -- [fffftttt] -- are you SAVED by the blood of the LAMB?”
After awhile, that got boring, so I called Lionel because I can always count on him to keep my mind energized. We’d been yakking for a few minutes when my bladder began competing for my attention.
“Lionel, if I don’t stop this car right now, I’m gonna wet my pants.”
“You should’ve worn a diaper, Lark,” he chuckled.
“What are you talking about?”
“Don’t you remember the story about the former astronaut who drove cross-country wearing a diaper?”
“That must’ve been before my time.”
“She was in such a hurry to confront the ‘other woman’ – her romantic rival -- that she didn’t want to take rest stops, so she--”
“Lionel!” I barked.
“I can’t talk any longer. I’ve gotta pull over. Now!”
“Oh, alright,” he sighed.
“I’ll call you right back.”
I hit end call on my iPhone and peeled off the interstate at the very next exit – exit 252 – Skunk Run Road. On impulse, I turned right at the bottom of the ramp, the hyper-caffeinated urine in my bladder pressing urgently for release.
There were no gas stations or fast food joints. Traffic was sporadic. I needed to find someplace more private. I turned right again at the first road that came along. It was narrow and had no shoulder. Trees and shrubs crowded the pavement. There was no place to pull over.
I pressed on the accelerator and Pearlie, seeming to understand my plight, lurched forward. Pearlie is my yellow VW Beetle. We’ve been through a lot together.
“I’ve gotta go, Pearl. Help me out here.”
We rounded a curve. Down the road, I saw four pairs of headlights. At first, it looked as though one car was passing another. Quickly, however, I realized the lights weren’t moving toward me at all. The four lights looked like two small cars parked side by side on a narrow bridge.
“What the hell, Pearl. Are they about to drag race right at me?”
I eased back on the accelerator.
Suddenly, the car lights darted forward, swerving in tandem into my lane.
I hit the brakes.

Professional Reviews
Troubled Water is the latest page-turner from John DeDakis, featuring no-nonsense journalist Lark Chadwick. The thriller novel is a masterful adventure that rings true to life. DeDakis really understands how reporters work, women think -- and how killers kill.

~Kitty Pilgrim, Journalist/Author

How John DeDakis can write so compellingly about the world of journalism is no surprise. But how he can write so convincingly about a woman in the field is astounding! I can’t wait to find out what happens next in the world of Lark Chadwick.

~Diane Dimond, Journalist/Author/Syndicated Columnist

Gripping Thriller
What happens when you pair a cub reporter with murder, mayhem and a handsome bad boy? A great read. Once again, John DeDakis proves he knows how to write a gripping thriller. I loved it.

~Jillian Harding, CNBC

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