Jim Van Loozen ‘A Ghost of a Chance’ at 2014 Frankfurt Book Fair

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Detective helps solve a case of government conspiracy in new book

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In “A Ghost of a Chance: The Haunting of Detective Tory Alston” (published by iUniverse), author Jim Van Loozen’s new murder mystery novel, readers join Detective Ransom Stone as he embarks on an investigation into not only his own murder, but the investigation that cost him his life. He teams with a sassy, spitfire detective named Tory Alston.

Stone was looking into the disappearance of a congressional intern when his luck turned south. Now, dead and stuck on Earth as a ghost, he finds that he is capable of interacting with the world around him. He decides to assist Tory in her quest to find his murderer. As the two sift their way through the tangled mesh of lies and underhanded dealings, they find that they are caught up in something far greater than just a simple murder case.

A review of “A Ghost of a Chance” by Tom Hoyer, Rehoboth Beach Writers Guild:

“Jim Van Loozen adds a touch of Stephen King to the genre of the hard-boiled detective. His guy, Ransom Stone buys the proverbial farm at the very beginning of the A Ghost of a Chance and spends the rest of the book moving in and out of the lives of the police detectives who are investigating his death. The format, which I admit seemed a bit odd to me at the beginning, enables Van Loozen to look at the genre with some interesting irony at the same time he moves a plot briskly forward. His prose makes you remember how charmingly off-beat Philip Marlow was on the pages where he wasn't in the throes of mortal combat. I confess to having gone from wondering, "how is this going to work out" when I opened it to being pleasantly surprised six hours later by the short meditation on good, evil, and eternity that wraps it up.”

Van Loozen presented his book at the 2014 Frankfurt Book Fair, Oct 8-12, 2014. The Frankfurt Book Fair is the world’s largest trade fair for books. More than 7,000 exhibitors from over 100 countries and more than 200,000 visitors are expected at the fair.

“A Ghost of a Chance”
By Jim Van Loozen
Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 232 pages | ISBN 9781475986075
E-Book | 232 pages | ISBN 9781475986112
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Jim Van Loozen was a celebrated newspaper reporter and editor in Houston before moving to Washington, D.C., to work for the U.S. Postal Service headquarters in a number of positions. He has won numerous awards and honors for his writing and now resides in Florida with his wife, Diane.

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