Dust by Ann McMan


Dust-buster, Evan Reed is the best in the business when it comes to uncovering the deepest, darkest secrets.


Meet Evan Reed—if you’re lucky, she won’t start looking into your past.

When it comes to finding dirt, Evan Reed is the best in the business. She’s a “dust-buster”—a paid operative hired by political campaigns to vet candidates for national office. She’s also a foul-mouthed and cranky ex-Catholic—attempting to raise a 14-year-old daughter on her own. When she is hired to investigate the background of a squeaky-clean and charismatic junior senator who might just be the next president—the last thing she expects to uncover is a murder. Evan’s life is further complicated when she meets the senator’s reclusive wife—who seems to be hiding a few secrets of her own.

Dust is Book 1 of the Evan Reed Mystery Series.

Bywater Books First Edition: May 2018, originally published in 2011.

Dust is also available in the following formats:

Audiobook via Audible.com and Amazon.com

“A definite must-read for anyone who likes political thrillers, great characters, and twisty plots with tantalizing climaxes.”—The Lesbian Review

“It’s not easy to get me all twisted around in a mystery, but Ann McMan did.” —C-Spot Reviews

“This was an excellent second novel from Ann McMan full of political intrigue and a variety of plot twists that keeps the reader guessing. Each of the characters have their own complexities with varying degrees of “badness” making it difficult to figure out who the good guys are in the story. There were several times when I thought I had a handle on who the “bad guy” was and then there would be a new twist that would point me in another direction.” —CAB’S Adventures

ANN McMAN is a recipient of the Alice B. Lavender Certificate for Outstanding Debut Novel and the Alice B. Medal for her body of work. She is a five-time winner of the Golden Crown Literary Awards, and two-time Independent Publisher’s (IPPY) medalist, and a two-time Lambda Literary Award finalist. An award-winning graphic designer, she resides in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.


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