Rich Jackson Shows the Dire Cost of Fame and Success in His Book

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‘Guiding Daniel’ unravels the capricious life of a famous musician who struggles to find his missing wife while balancing his singing career

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In his brilliantly insightful new novel Guiding Daniel, author Rich Jackson reveals the unsung side of fame and celebrity in contemporary American culture. Guiding Daniel is ambitious, witty and rich in metaphor and detail. It depicts the capricious life of musician Danny Cagle as he struggles to solve the mysterious disappearance of his wife Laura while attempting to raise their son and manage a career that is set to sky-rocket.

Jackson's new novel is by turns poignant, funny and tragic. Its protagonist, Danny Cagle seems to have an extra chromosome for finding people who have yet to find themselves; or to paraphrase Kipling, people who haven't had the plaster smoothed off. The characters in Guiding Daniel are so believable and honestly rendered that they radiate with all the possibilities of the human spirit. Alma Dallesandro for example is so finely drawn that she seems to rise from the page, protective and full of righteous fire.

Danny learns that fame is a dark gift and it is especially dangerous when it becomes the goal rather than the natural result of achievement. When he picks up a mysterious stranger he discovers the very person who can guide him to redemption. There is an expediency factor however. Danny's old nemesis, Sonny Gastineau, who was instrumental in the disappearance of his wife Laura, has set in motion a plan to destroy the cultural icon. Ultimately, Guiding Daniel transcends its origins as a mystery and becomes a relentless examination of the flaws and virtues that form and drive us all.

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About the Author
Rich Jackson was born in Great Falls, Mont. and presently resides in Clovis, Calif. He is a retired language instructor and former road musician who enjoys writing, golf and playing music. He is a self-avowed boxing junkie and travels the valley and foothills on his Harley. He and his brother perform music regularly at retirement and senior living communities. Jackson has previously written a murder mystery titled Beyond the Mast and a book of meditations titled Spirit Rhythms. He is currently working on a mystery novel based on the Saitama murders in Tokyo, Japan.

Guiding Daniel* by Rich Jackson
Publication Date: January 3, 2013
Trade Paperback; $23.99; 538 pages; 978-1-4797-5257-7
Trade Hardback; $34.99; 538 pages; 978-1-4797-5258-4
eBook; $3.99; 978-1-4797-5259-1

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