- File Size: 480 KB
- Print Length: 290 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: ArcheBooks Publishing (December 6, 2010)
- Publication Date: December 6, 2010
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004FGLNPG
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,554,977 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author
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 Amazon.com 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.
His website is: www.johndedakis.com
Top Customer Reviews
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!
DeDakis weaves in his familiar settings of Madison with great ease---although pasties are called pasties and not the name of the place in Madison that serves them! The Wisconsin setting works perfectly in the story line with a blend of country and small town newspaper and journalism school in nearby Madison.
Lark is such a believable character. Her expressions and actions are what you'd expect of her as you get to know her. DeDakis makes her come to life. In this novel, DeDakis quite convincingly unveils a plot of Lark and her boyfriend with the background story of the death of her boss' daughter, Holly, in Peru. The ending is quite a surprise and was a delight as it unfolded.
What will Lark find next?
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.
--Dick from Reno
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 morePublished 10 months ago by AM
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 morePublished on November 24, 2013 by Tammy Alward
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 morePublished on November 10, 2013 by Amazon Customer
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 morePublished on January 2, 2012 by Beth
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. Read morePublished on November 15, 2011 by Jenna
John Dedakis has added another terrific book to his Lark Chadwick series, and this one is as compelling as the first. Read morePublished on July 29, 2011 by Tully