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Smoke Rings (The Clarke Lantham Mysteries Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

J. Daniel Sawyer
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Book Description

Clarke Lantham has a checkered relationship with holidays, and this New Year's Eve is no different. His space is cramped, his personal life is on the skids, and his business is once again under assault from lawyers and bill collectors.

But it's not all bad. The year from hell is ending tonight, and he has his office to himself. So when an old girlfriend shows up with a chance for a $50,000 reward and a New Year's Eve reconciliation, he jumps at the chance. After all, things can only get better, right?

Yeah, right.

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About the Author

Even a respectable upbringing couldn't save J. Daniel Sawyer from a life of crime. As a high school hacker and serial trespasser, he often found himself the subject of unfriendly police attention. As a citizen unable to mind his own business, his frequent encounters with embezzlers, rapists, grifters, pornographers, corrupt public officials, murderers, and ice cream truck drivers around the San Francisco Bay provides him with endless source material and high doses of adrenaline. After winding up on the wrong end of a gun once too often, he brought his sordid past as firearms instructor, security consultant, and INS detention contractor to bear on his hard-boiled Clarke Lantham Mysteries. The author of thirteen books, including the award-nominated spy series The Antithesis Progression and the creepy comedy Down From Ten, he spends his down time searching the San Francisco back country for the ultimate driving road—and avoiding traffic cops. For stories, contact info, podcasts, and more, visit his home page at

Product Details

  • File Size: 354 KB
  • Print Length: 130 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: AWP Mystery (October 13, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005VK1AKI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,503,696 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Intense December 27, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a very emotionally intense Clarke Lantham's story. It is so realistically written that it feels like the biography of a well-loved character. It really got to me. I will take pleasure in reading it again and again.
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4.0 out of 5 stars So fun! But too quick! June 20, 2012
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After the first 2 books, I really wanted Lantham to have a quiet New Year's Eve, but of course, Dan Sawyer wouldn't let that happen! I was very happy to learn a bit about Lantham's romantic past, and a little more about what makes him tick, and what his weaknesses are. Again, I also got a glimpse into the obvious interests of Sawyer (photography) which I love! Lantham is definitely gaining a place in my heart, even though I doubt he would care. Or at least, he would say he doesn't care, but secretly he would...
Thanks again for yet another wild ride! Finished this one way too quickly, make the next ones longer!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Smart, gritty modern noir January 21, 2012
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I love this series. This one is probably the best one so far. We get to see more and more into the emotional core of Clark. He's really becoming a person, more than just a character. Dan doesn't sacrifice the sexiness or the danger in this to achieve that level of character development though. I'm looking forward to book four!
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J. Daniel Sawyer is a hat-wearing, obsessive-compulsive nutcase attempting to write his way out of the loony bin. He's the author of numerous fiction podcasts including Sculpting God, Down From Ten, and The Antithesis Progression (which earned him a spot as a 2009 Parsec Finalist). Lacking in personal qualities things that make for respectable character (such as the ability to sit still and shut up), he's forced to channel his lack of decorum into the fields of photography, a/v production, and writing for outfits like LinuxJournal and the occasional speculative fiction anthology.

When not working on his new secret steampunk fantasy adventure or getting into other mischief, he can be heard hosting the skeptical salon The Polyschizmatic Reprobates Hour, and as the narrator of Free Will, book two of The Antithesis Progression, both available through


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