Coming in November 2019.
When it comes to finding dirt, Evan Reed is the best in the business—she’s a dust-buster, a paid operative hired to vet candidates, political appointees, and judicial nominees.
Two years have passed since the events in Dust. Evan Reed is still cranky, but she’s also dealing with the nagging effects of a gunshot wound. Her teenage daughter, Stevie is looking at prospective colleges, and Stevie’s father, Dan, has married a woman half his age. Evan’s childhood pal, Father Tim, has started questioning is faith, and Evan’s relationship with publishing magnate, Julia Donne has all the earmarks of heading . . . somewhere.
The holidays are fast approaching when Evan is hired by the DNC to do opposition research on the president’s controversial nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court. For starters, she has to work at light speed because the senate is fast-tracking the nomination—and the judge, who is a darling of the far right, is an avowed constructionist with a paper trail nine miles long. The job gets murkier when Evan discovers a link between the nominee and a now half-crazed, disgraced former U.S. senator who Evan was hired to vet many years ago. The stigma of that episode led Evan to vow never to work for political kingmaker, Marcus Goldman, again.
Things take a dangerous and eerily personal turn when Evan’s descent into the fetid subterranean world of vested interests, dark money PACs, and barbaric private rituals explodes everything she thought she knew about her best friend, Father Tim, her own conflicted religious beliefs, and any shot at a happy future with the Julia. This job definitely has Goldman’s sticky fingerprints all over it, and to make matters worse, Evan’s personal Moriarty, Maya Jindal, reappears—up to her shapely eyebrows in the middle of an expanding web of lies, secrets and betrayals that shrouds everything in Evan’s life with hopelessness and uncertainty.
Galileo is Book 2 of the Evan Reed Mystery Series.
Galileo will also be available in Audiobook via Audible.com, Amazon.com, and iTunes.
What the critics said about the Evan Reed Mystery Series Book 1, Dust:
“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 outstanding 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.