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· Troubled Water (Kindle Edition)

· Troubled Water

· Bluff (Paperback Edition)

· Bluff (Hardcover Edition)

· Bluff (Kindle Edition)

· Fast Track (Kindle Edition)

· Fast Track (Paperback 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

· Wow

· From Novice to Novelist

· Coming to Vermont

· Writing Retreat in Ireland

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Publisher:  ArcheBooks ISBN-10:  159507094X Type:  Fiction


Copyright:  Sept 2, 2005

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Fast Track (ArcheBooks) is a Mystery/Suspense novel about a young, strong-minded woman's quest to find purpose in life as she unravels the mystery of her parents' deaths 25 years earlier when she was an infant. The setting is Southern Wisconsin; the backdrop is journalism; and the story deals redemptively with several issues including suicide, anonymous sources, and mentoring relationships.

The Bronco slammed into the back of the truck with a loud bang. The impact jostled us, but the pickup failed to budge from the tracks.

The crossing signals began their insistent clanging.

The train was closing fast. Frantic blasts from its horn continued to split the chill morning air.

He jabbed the gun through the back window slat.

In one fluid motion, I leaned back against the passenger door, brought my left knee to my chin, then uncoiled a savage kick. The heel of my left boot hit the gun as it went off with a deafening roar.

I expected to feel the Bronco hit the rear of the pickup, but nothing hap-pened.

Anger distorted his face. He swung the gun toward me.

The train’s horn continued to blast. The dinging of the signal bells as-saulted me. Metal screamed against metal, as the train skidded toward us. The semaphore lights flashed wildly. Bells clanged incessantly.


Before he could shoot again, I kicked him hard in the solar plexus. He groaned and dropped the gun.

As I clawed at the door handle, I could feel the horn’s blasts.


As I lifted the handle, I shoved my shoulder hard against the door.

It was locked.


Reader Reviews for "Fast Track (Hardcover)"

Reviewed by Jen Knox 12/7/2009
This was an amazing and suspenseful book that is both consuming and thought-provoking. I recommend it to everyone.

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