Book Entices Readers with a Tale of Conspiracy, Deception and Murder

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Author Jim Conners’ “Looks Can Be Deceiving” follows the story of small town reporter Dirk Crandell, whose mundane life is drastically changed when an intriguing letter lures him into a chain of sinister events.

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Author Jim Conners gives another facet to the mystery-crime-thriller as he fuses conspiracy, deception and murder in his spine-chilling publishing debut, Looks Can Be Deceiving. Conners unleashes thrills and astonishment as he brings to the literary genre a salty small-town newspaper reporter whose life is dramatically changed by an intriguing letter. Readers will willingly follow him as he dips into a labyrinth of sinister occurrences within the pages of this gripping story.

This book introduces readers to Dirk Crandell, a hard drinking, acerbic small-town newspaper reporter who sees life as time spent between bouts of self-pity and his next drink. Then an intriguing letter from a young woman in Los Angeles crosses his desk. What follows for Crandell is a life-changing series of twists and turns as the promise made to the young woman in the letter leads him into a web of conspiracy, deception and murder. As he delves deeper into this small town’s series of sinister events, some going back 20 years, he begins to unravel a cover-up of deadly proportions. Joining forces with his seductive managing editor, Kristen Harden, he discovers that looks can be deceiving, and also hazardous to his health.

Packed with mystery, crime and even humor, Looks Can Be Deceiving will grip readers and makes it almost impossible to put it down until the suspense and action lead to a thrilling resolution. The story’s surprising twists will grip the reader’s attention all the way to the last page, and leave them begging for a sequel.

This book is a sure hit for those who seek a satisfying read in this amazing mystery-crime story.

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About the Author

During his 30-year career as an auto worker, Jim Conners dabbled in several different writing genres. These included several joint GM/UAW publications and some hometown newspaper public relations work with the United Way. Looks Can Be Deceiving is his first novel. Several years in the “I know I have a novel in me” stage, he finally completed this mystery/crime manuscript. Conners and Pat Smith, his wife and best friend, live in the Wilmington, N.C., area with Fred, their rescued cat. Both are very supportive of many animal rights and rescue organizations.

Looks Can Be Deceiving * by Jim Conners
Publication Date: June 22, 2012
Trade Paperback; $15.99; 192 pages; 978-1-4771-0353-1
Trade Hardback; $22.99; 192 pages; 978-1-4771-0354-8
eBook; $3.99; 978-1-4771-0355-5

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