Stanley Wheeler’s novel, Smoke, has just become available for purchase on Amazon. The novel, Wheeler’s third book, is a detective story set in the post war 1940s. The writing reflects the style of the popular detective stories of the time. The protagonist, Noah Vale, finds himself unexpectedly enlisted to locate a beautiful woman’s missing husband. He has mixed feelings about the job. The mystery begins somewhat comically, but grows more serious as the story develops. Here is a portion of the cover blurb for the book:
She walked in hotter and sweeter than a peppermint candy cane covered in white phosphorus. She had my attention and held it like a pup in a steel trap. I had never enjoyed a trap more. There was just one problem. She wanted me to find her husband. She was the first woman to complicate my life that day. She wouldn’t be the last. The investigation soon took a sudden turn, just like the quarry road where her husband’s car didn’t. He challenged gravity and came in second. Was it murder or suicide? Was it a business rival, or the mob? Were they after the secret Nazi diamonds her husband had liberated at the end of the war? Either way, I had to walk carefully to avoid joining him on the wrong side of the grass.
Wheeler says that writing Smoke has been a delightful ride. He characterizes Smoke as a bit like chocolate chip mint ice cream: The chocolate chips are reminiscent of My Favorite Brunette; the mint flavor is a bit like The Maltese Falcon.
Wheeler’s previous books are: Justice in Season, a western set in Idaho in the 1860s; and Finding Jack—Book One—The Orb, a fantasy story set in modern Weiser, Idaho.
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