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For You Last-Minute Fathers’ Day Shoppers — The 99¢ Sale


Just a quick reminder for all you last-minute shoppers — Kindle and Nook editions of Decisions and The Globe are still on sale for only 99¢ each.

Decisions (Caution for language):

Donovan Grant lost his mind, his wife, and his career. Now he may be losing even more. Lately, and with distressing regularity, he’s been finding himself standing over dead people while holding the murder weapon. Even worse, he’s his own prime suspect. And that new woman in his life? She may be next on his list . . . that’s if he’s not on hers.

The Globe (Caution for adult themes; not appropriate for under 17):

The Globe—38,500 tons of ocean plying opulence housing in its fabulous apartments some of the wealthiest people on the planet.

Reynard Chevalier—The Globe’s security officer. An expatriate American with a new name, a new country, a new life, and a past that is rapidly catching up and threatening to destroy him.

Staff Captain Katarina Giordano—Reynard’s boss during the day, his lover at night.

Jane Hanover—The Globe’s latest resident. The fiancée from Reynard’s previous life. The woman who has sent Reynard’s past careening on a collision course toward his all too vulnerable present.

Charles Hanover, III—Jane’s philandering husband. A man who rationalizes his infidelities by demanding that his wife also find solace outside their marriage.

Security Officer Sarah Brighton—Reynard’s amorous Number 2. A woman too young for Reynard and too determined to accept no for an answer.

Sterling Heyward—The Globe’s reclusive owner and Reynard’s best friend and employer. A man whose enormous wealth was built spilling the blood of others.

The Globe Slasher—A sadistic sociopath with a very large chef’s knife and an insatiable blood lust for the rich and beautiful. A serial killer who has reached into the distant past to find inspiration for his perverse grotesqueries.

Louis Guignard—The French police captain. A man stationed in Saint Barts, hundreds of miles from The Globe. A man walking Reynard through his investigation via a very tenuous internet connection. A man who knows that it is only matter of time before the Globe Slasher turns on the one person aboard The Globe who can stop the slayings—Reynard Chevalier.

Links to U.S. Amazon and Barnes & Noble online stores (see side panels for additional countries):

What Publishers Weekly said about Decisions:

     An Agatha Christie inspired confection stays true to its roots, with enough clues and plot twists to keep the reader guessing until the end. Donovan Grant was an air traffic controller until a post-traumatic stress disorder renders him unfit to continue in the profession. He lands the job as pilot for the exclusive Vai Kai resort in the Fiji Islands where trouble arrives in waves. First Donovan starts having inexplicable blackouts, in which he becomes uncharacteristically violent. Then he ferries in a group that includes actress Kelly LaBrecque and her movie producer ex-husband, Sheldon Larsen. Kelly informs Donovan that every person in their group hates Sheldon’s guts. Finally, a hurricane knocks out the lights long enough for the first murder to occur and it looks like Donovan is the guilty party. Kelly, who seems romantically interested in Donovan, jumps to his defense. The novel is airy fun, carried by its two likeable and witty central characters. — manuscript review by Publishers Weekly, an independent organization
What others are saying about The Globe:
     R. Doug Wicker is a witty, talented, entertaining writer with a knack for interesting plot twists and dialogue that snaps, crackles, and pops. With his captive-audience setting and an entertaining cast of characters that keeps you guessing, and then guessing again, the author’s latest novel, The Globe, becomes at once a funny, intriguing, serious, and at times even compelling novel. Better still, it’s a fast-paced read that ends much too quickly and leaves you hoping for a sequel, or maybe even a couple of sequels. Mr. Wicker is particularly adept in his descriptions and understanding of modern firearms, which is something that is often missing in current crime fiction. I found myself placing a bookmark next to the author’s name, where I’ll be waiting to sample his next offering of escapist fare. In a word, Bravo.–William Florence, author of the Max Blake Western series and Max Blake Mystery series.

     The most underrated book I read in 2012 is The Globe by R. Doug Wicker. It’s underrated because it’s not selling particularly well, but should be. It’s a great read. You know when you read a certain book, you just know the author is extremely smart and you would like to have a beer with him? I feel that way about R. Doug Wicker, whom I’ve never met or communicated with, but would like to.
     The Globe is a cruise ship, but not any ordinary one. It’s actually a floating condominium, and each cabin has a wealthy owner. Murders take place, and Reynard Chevalier, the erudite security officer must solve them. I love those murder mysteries that take place in a closed environment (the locked room conundrum popularized by Agatha Christie – think Ten Little Indians – and others). There’s a finite number of potential victims and suspects. Reynard is inexperienced as a murder investigator, and the number of plot twists tests his abilities.
     Wicker handles all this cleverly with great deftness and an elegant writing style. You’ll be glad you discovered this delightful gem of a book. Five out of five stars.–RW Bennet, author of Suicide Squeeze and Love.com.
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I Guess I’m Having a Sale


Decisions by R. Doug Wicker

Amazon appears to have put my Publishers Weekly reviewed novel Decisions on sale to $2.99 from its listed price of $4.49.  Don’t ask me why or for how long, but if you order it now for you Kindle or Kindle-enabled device you’ll save $1.50.

Here’s what Publishers Weekly had to say about Decisions:

An Agatha Christie inspired confection stays true to its roots, with enough clues and plot twists to keep the reader guessing until the end. Donovan Grant was an air traffic controller until a post-traumatic stress disorder renders him unfit to continue in the profession. He lands the job as pilot for the exclusive Vai Kai resort in the Fiji Islands where trouble arrives in waves. First Donovan starts having inexplicable blackouts, in which he becomes uncharacteristically violent. Then he ferries in a group that includes actress Kelly LaBrecque and her movie producer ex-husband, Sheldon Larsen. Kelly informs Donovan that every person in their group hates Sheldon’s guts. Finally, a hurricane knocks out the lights long enough for the first murder to occur and it looks like Donovan is the guilty party. Kelly, who seems romantically interested in Donovan, jumps to his defense. The novel is airy fun, carried by its two likeable and witty central characters. — manuscript review by Publishers Weekly, an independent organization

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Barnes & Noble Nook Owners—This Is Your Lucky Week


And if you’re a Kindle owner, you may not realize just how lucky you already are.

Following a phenomenally successful three-day promotion on Amazon last week, The Globe will soon be available for my Nook fans.  That is if it isn’t already.  The Globe has been processing at B&N since yesterday morning.

During that three-day promotion, The Globe was downloaded by 6,264 readers.  The Globe was ranked on Amazon’s Top 100 Bestsellers list starting the evening of Day One, and remained in the Top 100 until the afternoon of Day Three, residing on that prestigious list for nearly 48 straight hours and at one point cracking the Top 50.  In Mysteries, The Globe was in the Top 10 for most of that time, and at one point reached #4.  The Globe also obtained a high of #3 in Action & Adventure.  As for Hard-Boiled Mysteries, The Globe made #1, slipped to #2, then came roaring back to hold the #1 spot almost to the very end of the promotion.

But this success wasn’t just limited to the U.S. market.  The Globe also made Top 10 lists in the United Kingdom, Germany, and France—in Action & Adventure in Germany and France  and Hard-Boiled Mysteries in the U.K.  Unfortunately, The Globe failed to make the Top 100 list in any of those countries, so I’m not going to claim “International Bestseller” bragging rights.

At least, not yet.

The Globe—Coming soon to a Nook near you, and already available for the Kindle.  Don’t have either?  Click on one of the links below to download a Kindle or Nook Reading App for your PC, Mac, Blackberry, Android, iPhone, iPod, iPad, or any other iThingy®.

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The Globe — An Old Style of Murder Presents a New Kind of Mystery

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