R. J. Buckley Publishing Announces the Upcoming Release of "Vintage Connor: The Blonde in the Lotus Elite" by Robert Baty

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Vintage Connor will be available nationwide on July 1, 2011

R. J. Buckley Publishing announces the upcoming release of Vintage Connor: The Blonde in the Lotus Elite by Robert Baty. Vintage Connor (ISBN: 978-0-9819654-7-5, Trade Paper, 324 pages, Category: Mystery) will be available wherever fine books are sold on July 1, 2011.

A sizzling debut set against the backdrop of vintage car collecting, Vintage Connor is a riveting, race-to-the-finish read from a dynamic new voice in the world of mystery.

When Ray Connor wore a badge, he drove a Crown Vic down Oakland’s meanest streets. Now, Connor pilots a vintage Alfa Romeo and finds classic cars for rich collectors. Inevitably, he also finds trouble.

That trouble starts when Evie, an old flame, shows up asking for his help in finding the truth about what happened to her 21--year-old daughter Janey, found dead during Monterey’s classic car weekend. The inquest ruled Janey’s death a suicide, but Evie isn’t buying it.

Unable to refuse the woman he loved and lost twenty years ago, Connor agrees to investigate. With some old-school detective work and the help of his ex-partner Vince Hendrix, Connor launches an investigation into what really happened that weekend in Monterey.

As he pursues his quest, Connor soon realizes that Evie may be right; the circumstances surrounding Janey’s death are more than a little mysterious—and all signs point to murder. But Connor also discovers that Edie herself may be hiding something.

Caught between deception and desire, Connor finds himself swept up in the alluring and exclusive world of elite cars, high rollers, and big money. But beneath the glamorous façade lurks a deadly underbelly, and Connor will have to confront the reality that both vintage cars and vintage women can be fast, beautiful—and dangerous.

Shifting from the gritty streets of Oakland to the pebbled beaches of Monterey, Vintage Connor delivers full-throttle suspense from page one. Unfolding like a modern film noir and pulsing with the rhythm and wit of the pulp classics that inspired it, Vintage Connor takes readers on a breakneck speed ride.

Born in Buffalo, New York, Robert Baty grew up in Los Angeles, where he worked in film and television as well as advertising. Baty’s love of vintage cars dates to his teenage years, and he has owned classic British and Italian sports cars. Baty moved to the Bay Area in the 1980s and continued working in advertising, including senior creative roles at Saatchi & Saatchi, Landor, and Foote, Cone & Belding. He lives on a dead-end street in the Oakland hills with his wife and two cats. He drives a vintage Alfa Romeo and is currently at work on the second book in the Vintage Connor series, The Girl in the MGA. Visit Robert Baty on the web at: http://www.robertbatybooks.com.

R. J. Buckley Publishing is an independent publisher of high-quality suspense and mystery novels, short story collections, romance novels, anthologies, and memoirs. R. J. Buckley Publishing (http://www.rjbuckleypublishing.com) is based in Arizona.

Members of the news media wishing to request additional information or an advance review copy of Vintage Connor are kindly asked to contact Maryglenn McCombs by phone – (615) 297-9875


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