The action in my just-released first crime-fiction thriller, The National Bet, takes place in several locations around the world. Because one is Effingham, Ill., I mailed a copy of the 368-page paperback to Bill Grimes, a veteran reporter at the Effingham Daily News. Today, I received the mini-review below, via Facebook:
Bob McCarty probably shouldn’t work too hard on his Pulitzer acceptance speech just yet, but The National Bet, McCarty’s first novel, is an entertaining read. Much of the book centers around the fictitious Effingham Chemical Company in a very real Effingham, Illinois. It’s the story of how FBI agent Joe-L Wilson and his team solve an act of terrorism that kills upwards of 30,000 people. McCarty does a good job of leading us down false roads, much as any good mystery writer would do, before we find out who the actual culprits are. Interestingly, he plugs one of his previous non-fiction books in this book. I guess people do that. All in all, it’s a nice job from Bob McCarty Writes.
Shouldn’t work too hard on my Pulitzer acceptance speech? Why not!
Regardless of that minor dig, I’m looking forward to reading a full-length review of the book in an upcoming edition of the Daily News.
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