Fourth grade student works as private investigator and solves crucial grade school kidnapping!

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Grant R. Philips, Dustin Evans and Quiet Storm Publishing are proud to announce the release of the first chapter book in a mystery series geared toward readers 9-12 years old.

JAY WALKER, 4TH GRADE NOIR: THE CASE OF THE MISSING ACTION FIGURE, released in trade paperback ($10.95) contains more than twenty (20) wonderful illustrations by talented artist, Dustin Evans (

Story summary: Jay Walker is an average and simple fourth grade student. He likes to brown-bag his lunch, prefers his PB & J sandwich cut diagonally, with the crusts cut off. All of that changes when Benny, a kid Jay's known since preschool, comes to him for help. Daisy Flyer's been kidnapped. A ransom note's been left behind. Since Jay's dad is a police officer, Benny is certain Jay can solve the crime. But who is Daisy Flyer? She's a two-foot tall action figure from a once-popular science fiction movie. If the demands of the ransom note aren't met, the whole school is going to learn that Benny plays with dolls. What does the kid, er-uh, doll-napper want in return? Benny's Princess Migloo Alien-evolving trading card--one of the most rare and powerful cards in the game.

Please find in this packet a page for kids to color. Quiet Storm Publishing, Grant R. Philips and Dustin Evans are sponsoring a nationwide coloring contest. There is no fee to enter. Selected winners will receive an advance copy of the second book in the Jay Walker mystery series, scheduled to be released by Quiet Storm Publishing October 2004.

Quiet Storm Publishing is an independent publisher that has one simple goal: to put out the best books. Being a small company, we are willing to handle books that other publishers are afraid of or shy away from and we are able to give each and every book the support it needs. People become writers to instill change; we became a publisher to enable writers to make those changes happen and to instill some ourselves.

Grant R. Philips lives in Rochester, New York with his wife and three children. Philips is currently at work on his next middle grade novel.

Dustin Evans resides in Stillwater, Oklahoma with his family.

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