|The brand new release|
...I know, it seems like every month I have at least a new novella being released. That's because I do, and that's the plan for the year (my traditional publishers only publish one book per year, and I write more than that). So far I've been holding true to my personal promise.
The latest addition to the Zandri canon is The Flower Man. This one is the second in the unbelievably successful (lol) Steve Jobz Thriller series. That's Steve Jobz, as in Jobzinski (the name was cut short at Ellis Island back in the 1920's). Here's the quick product description copied and pasted from its Amazon page for your reading pleasure:
"SEXUAL HARASSMENT IN THE WORKPLACE WILL NOT ONLY RUIN YOUR CAREER, IT WILL GET YOU KILLED."
Private Investigator and anti-hero Steve Jobz has screwed up big time. He had one too many the night before and it gave him the courage to text photos of his naked chest to his new, hot co-worker at The State Department of Insurance Fraud Agency. While the lovely Kate is keeping quiet about the texts, Jobz feels like the boom is about to come down on him when his boss orders him into her office. Seems Homicide Detective Nick Miller wants a face to face with the former cop.
But what Miller wants has nothing to do with Jobz’s texts. Instead they have everything to do with a local television news personality known to all as Mr. TV. Much like Jobz, the lovable news anchor has also texted photos of himself to a co-worker. But these photos were not of the relatively tame chest high variety. Rather, the pictures were taken below the belt. As a result, Mr. TV is not only getting sued but being issued death threats from the victim’s Russian immigrant father.
When Miller assigns Jobz to personally watch over the Mr. TV and his cougar wife, Janice, what he discovers is that the couple are up to their necks in more than just a sexting scandal. They are in fact broke and living on cash that is coming from a very unlikely source. The Russian mob. What follows is a quagmire of sex, shootouts, serial murder, and a quirky private detective who just can't keep himself from getting in trouble with the ladies.
Like The Embalmer, the first novel in the new Steve Jobz PI series created and written by Thriller Award winning New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Vincent Zandri, The Flower Man culminates with an explosive climax and promises to keep readers glued to their chairs for hours. For fans of Michael Connelly, Robert B. Parker, Charlie Huston, Jim Crumley, Lee Child, Brett Battles, and more.
So as you can see, this one borrows from some current events. A lot of my novels and stories are lifted from current events, many of them reported by local Albany news junkies like Anya Tucker (give her Twitter page a like) or Brendan Lyons (give his Twitter page a like), and some from other more national or global sources. The fun about writing fiction is you can pick and choose which stories you want to embellish and/or fictionalize while still holding true to some of the facts. I guess in that sense, if you're looking for real fake news, this is it (that's supposed to be a joke).
Here's hoping you grab a copy of the The Embalmer today and be thrilled.