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Bluff [Kindle Edition]

John DeDakis
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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Murder on the Champ de Mars
"[Cara Black] is on to a good thing: each of her novels is set in a colorful Parisian neighborhood—and there are a lot of them. The cumulative result of reading this addictive series is a sort of mini-tour of the city, as seen through a filter of fictional murder ... Leduc is always a reliable and charming guide to the city's lesser-known corners." —The Seattle Times

Book Description

Lark Chadwick is back!

From the small town environs of Wisconsin to the ancient cities and mountains of Peru, the intrepid reporter for The Pine Bluff Standard
is freshly embroiled in another tale of intrigue – the mysterious death of the daughter of her boss -- where Lark shockingly becomes a target.

“Lark Chadwick is my hero! A true investigative reporter in every sense of the word. Lark reminds me of me in the early days of my career, driven by curiosity and the need to unravel true and compelling stories. It’s no surprise that veteran journalist John DeDakis so accurately depicts the life and work of a reporter and how a complicated mystery gets solved. But how DeDakis can so accurately write from a woman’s point of view - with all the intrinsic curiosity, emotion and passion - is nothing short of astounding. The public rarely gets a glimpse of what an investigative reporter’s life is like: the curiosity-propelled pursuit of a story, the loneliness and the inherent danger in many assignments. That’s the real untold tale of how meaningful journalism gets to the public. I want more Lark Chadwick adventures!”
Diane Dimond
Author and Investigative Journalist

Product Details

  • File Size: 480 KB
  • Print Length: 290 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: ArcheBooks Publishing (December 6, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #967,269 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Bluff" is a book you won't be able to put down! August 28, 2011
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In "Bluff," John DeDakis continues the tale of Lark Chadwick. For fans of Lark, this is a wonderful extension of her character. It picks up about six months after the end of "Fast Track." And, though this book is a sequel, it should be pointed out that reading its predecessor is not requisite to thoroughly enjoying this book!

This time out, Lark stumbles onto a real estate scam bilking the elderly. She knows something isn't right and works to uncover what really is happening and why. Meanwhile, Miss Chadwick has become suspicious of how Lionel and Muriel's daughter, Holly, died. Was it indeed an accident, or was there something (or someone) sinister behind her death?

We watch Lark Chadwick grow both personally and professionally in "Bluff." The book peppers a very human story with a twist here and there, deftly building suspense. Author John DeDakis provides ample suspects and possible motives to keep us guessing right up until the end. A page-turner well worth the read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bluff carries 2 meanings and works both ways! May 27, 2011
John DeDakis' book is a thriller in the true sense of the word. Well written, his words take me, the reader, on an emotional rollercoaster ride as I anticipate and am found wrong in my surmise from chapter to chapter. But the writing also reflects DeDakis' behind-the-scenes experience with the media plus a well researched (and experienced) trip to Peru. Poor Lark, what she has to go through to satisfy her author's quest for excitement and intrigue! However, I can't help but admit, I too enjoy sharing in her adventure and look forward to her (and her author's) next "journey".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book! June 19, 2011
By Sarah
Bluff is a fantastic book that will keep you on the edge of your seat the whole way through. I actually almost missed my train stop a few times because I was so engrossed in the novel.
Lark Chadwick is a phenomenal character for many reasons. John DeDakis does a great job of making her relatable, but still offers the chance for readers to live vicariously through her adventures.
Bluff was the perfect follow-up to Fast Track and I'm looking forward to more in the Lark Chadwick series! If you're a fan of mystery-suspense novels, this book won't disappoint you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars another page turner! March 7, 2011
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Once again, John DeDakis has written a book full of suspense and intrigue... a real page turner. DeDakis is a veteran journalist who clearly knows his business, resulting in characters who are believable and compelling. In "Bluff," Lark proves her expert sleuthing abilities once again. As I read this book, I pictured her on the "front lines" in Madison, WI covering the current public employees demonstrators in the Capitol Building! She would be there, she'd dig, and she'd get the story right. I'm looking forward to Lark's future adventures.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced and fun! January 18, 2011
I read and enjoyed DeDakis' first book, Fast Track, but this one is even more enjoyable. Lark Chadwick seems like an old friend now and I found I really cared what happened to her! The plot is fast paced, with plenty of twists to keep you on your toes. The descriptions of the locations, from the newspaper office to the TV studio, Wisconsin to Peru, are detailed and interesting, without being tedious. Tucked into the plot line are some interesting lessons about journalism and journalists. A fun and satisfying read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing - even better than Fast Track December 29, 2010
By Judy
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Dedakis' second Lark Chadwick mystery is riveting in every way. It's ultimately readable. It flows easily over the eyes while reaching out and trapping the senses. Just when you think you've got the next step figured out, Dedakis throws in a twist. The end was an exciting and unexpected - a true stunner. I had four other possibilities in mind and his ending came out of the blue. This book is so good I recommend you don't read it while commuting...because you'll miss your stop! Buy it today and call in sick tomorrow!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lark Chadwick Fan Club? Why Not? November 1, 2012
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Who wouldn't love Lark Chadwick? I just hope that her author, John DeDakis, keeps her alive for her next 20 (or more) adventures. While you're at it, you might as well buy Lark's first adventure, too. Then, you can stay up all night. Fast Track She's smart, pretty and has forced me into an extra gear in my page-turning transmission. So, buy it. Read it. Keep it. This is good stuff...and that ain't no Bluff. Bluff

--Dick from Reno
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5.0 out of 5 stars Even better than the first book November 15, 2011
By Jenna
I could not turn the pages fast enough to keep up with the suspense. It's full of twists and turns that I didn't see coming.
DeDakis' characters are whole, complex people-- not just ideas or stereotypes. I couldn't help but care deeply for every one of them. Lark is a fun main character who I can't help rooting for.
I honestly cannot wait for the next one to come out. You can bet I'll be the first in line to buy it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars and the family bonds of love that cannot be extinguished
John further explores the characters from Fast Track and touches even more emotions and sensations felt by many, including family quarrels, regrets, and the family bonds of love... Read more
Published 20 days ago by AM
5.0 out of 5 stars Great mystery, wonderful characters. I couldn't put it down!
I absolutely loved Bluff! From the very beginning I was completely sucked in by the story. It was so nice to find a book in which I could become so totally engrossed. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Tammy Alward
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced story and great character development
After reading Fast Track, I became hooked on the main character, Lark Chadwick. This second novel traces the professional and personal maturation of Lark amidst a fast paced story... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Another exceptional Lark Chadwick novel!
Fortunately, I'm on vacation today! This morning, I picked up Bluff with the intention of reading another chapter or so, but got hooked in and devoured the last half of the book. Read more
Published on January 2, 2012 by Beth
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great book!!
John Dedakis has added another terrific book to his Lark Chadwick series, and this one is as compelling as the first. Read more
Published on July 29, 2011 by Tully
5.0 out of 5 stars Spellbinding!
I had eagerly awaited this book, but did not get to read it when it first came out. Good thing! When I did pick it up, I did not put it down until I finished it! Read more
Published on May 24, 2011 by J. McDaniel
5.0 out of 5 stars Bluff Doesn't Stop
The action and story line in Bluff, John DeDakis' 2nd novel, just doesn't stop. As in Fast Track, the character, Lark, is off for a ride of suspense when she isn't expecting... Read more
Published on April 10, 2011 by Kathryn Breighner
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More About the Author

Author and CNN Senior Copy Editor John DeDakis is an editor and writer for the Emmy and Peabody-Award winning "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer" (Mon.-Fri. 5-7pm ET and Saturday at 6pm ET).

DeDakis (pronounced deh-DAY-kiss) is the author of the mystery/suspense novel "Fast Track" published by ArcheBooks. It's the story of a young woman's search for purpose as she solves the mystery surrounding the car-train collision which orphaned her as an infant. The novel deals redemptively with issues of suicide, journalistic integrity, anonymous sources, and mentoring relationships.

"Fast Track" grew out of two events in the author's life: a fatal car/train crash he witnessed as a youngster in 1959 and the suicide of his sister in 1980.

His second novel, "Bluff," a sequel to "Fast Track," is based on his four-day, 25-mile hike along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in Peru.

Both "Fast Track" and "Bluff" are available as Kindle eBooks on and in hardcover by ArcheBooks. "Fast Track" is also available in paperback as an innovative "bookzine" -- a format developed by ArcheBooks publisher Robert Gelinas to make books less bulky to carry when traveling.

DeDakis, a native of La Crosse, Wisconsin, began his journalism career in 1969 at a campus radio station at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he was tear gassed while covering an anti-Vietnam War riot in 1970. He earned a B.A. in Journalism from that university in 1977 following a stint in the U.S. Army where he worked from 1972-74 as a Special Events Reporter at The American Forces Network - Europe, based in Frankfurt, Germany.

DeDakis is a former White House Correspondent. During his career, he has interviewed such luminaries as Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, and Alfred Hitchcock.

DeDakis has been with CNN since July 1988. From 2001 to 2005, he supervised the writing on CNN's "Daybreak," anchored by Carol Costello.

From 1976 to 1983, DeDakis was a reporter at WMTV (NBC) in Madison, Wisconsin. From 1983 to 1988, he was a correspondent with CBN News in Virginia Beach, Virginia and Washington, DC.

In addition to book signings and readings, DeDakis frequently speaks around the country on the topic "From Journalist to Novelist: (Or How I Learned to Start Making it Up)." He is also available to lead one-day workshops for aspiring and/or struggling writers.

He is a lecturer at American University, Washington, D.C. where he taught a journalism and writing class for student interns during the summers of 2007/08. He is also an adjunct professor at Regent University, where he taught newswriting to grad students online in 2008.

In June 2009, he led an online seminar through Regent University on how to write a novel.

In April 2010, DeDakis led writing workshops at The Writers' Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and was the keynote speaker in May 2010 at the Scribblers' Retreat writers conference on St. Simons Island, Georgia.

DeDakis is currently working with an agent to bring his screenplay adaptation of "Fast Track" to the attention of Hollywood and has begun writing book three in the Lark Chadwick mystery-suspense series (working title: "Troubled Water").

DeDakis is a member of Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime.

He is also a freelance manuscript editor.

His wife, Cynthia, a choral conductor, is the director of music at St. Thomas' Episcopal Church Whitemarsh near Philadelphia and the former national President of The Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) in America.

John and Cindy divide their time between Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.

They have three grown children: Emily has just earned her PhD in Creative Writing at Queen's University, Belfast, Northern Ireland; James is the drummer for the nationally-known band "Arizona"; and Stephen is a musician and cook in the Washington, D.C. area.

You're invited to send John DeDakis a friend request on Facebook or follow him on Twitter @johndedakis.
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