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Edge of Sundown by [Jennifer Worrell]

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"Stylish and well-written. A bit like riding shotgun through strobe lights and fog, along with just enough flashes of detail at reckless speeds to slip into consciousness. Trust your storyteller and enjoy the ride." - Kelly Bo-belly, Amazon starred review

"Jennifer Worrell delivers on the promise of dark "noir" fiction in this debut novel practically from the very first page. 
Edge of Sundown takes the reader to some intense places almost in a Heart of Darkness kind of way in its exploration of the cracked and jagged lines between good versus evil." - M. Lavin, Amazon starred review

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Edge of Sundown takes the reader to some intense places almost in a Heart of Darkness kind of way in its exploration of the cracked and jagged lines between good versus evil. ... I had the bad guy pegged as somebody else. And maybe the good guys too." - M. Lavin

"I tried, and failed, over and over again to predict what was coming, and couldn't turn the pages fast enough." - 
Michelle D. Hanley

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Edge of Sundown is a beautifully written slow burn of a novel. Part mystery, part character study, the story is propelled by vivid prose . . . You can see the city, the people, and the madness that lingers at the edges throughout." - Eric Weule, author of Caffeine & Nicotine

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Edge of Sundown is a thoughtful exposé of a famed author in the twilight of his years coming to grips with the shadows of his past while creating perhaps the greatest story he ever wrote . . . Jennifer weaves an intricate tale of suspense and intrigue . . . that should be read and re-read." - Harvey L. Covey Jr., author of Haunting Season

"
Edge of Sundown is the rare book that takes all of your expectations and turns them on their hypothetical ear. What is supposed to be a simple who-done-it, does what genre does best--it makes you think.   . . . I can't wait to read what comes next." - Elias McClellan

"It's gripping. It's intelligent. Val...is as well rounded a character as any you will meet. His darkness, his despair, and his unflinching loneliness turn him into something noteworthy.  
 . . . 
Edge of Sundown is time well spent in an engaging world, populated by characters whose thoughts bleed off the page." - Austrian Spencer, author of The Sadeiest

"This is an addictive murder mystery, caught up inside a conspiracy theory. Set in Chicago, the book oozes with details about a writer's life.  . . . A startling revelation three quarters of the way through...made me speed my way through to the thrilling conclusion. A superb, twisty and compelling debut." - 
Charlie Tyler, author of The Cry of the Lake

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08KGX6R1V
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ darkstroke / crooked cat (November 12, 2020)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ November 12, 2020
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 2121 KB
  • Simultaneous device usage ‏ : ‎ Unlimited
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ On Kindle Scribe
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 237 pages
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.1 out of 5 stars 47 ratings

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Jennifer Worrell got hooked on writing stories in kindergarten using mimeographed prompts. Her supplier, Mrs. Davenport, kept a stash of the Purple Monster handy for a quick fix. Though she kicked the habit for a short time, Jenny’s writing problem has spiraled out of control. But don’t worry. She can quit whenever she wants to.

Her debut novel, Edge of Sundown, was published by Darkstroke Books in November 2020. She also is proud to be featured in several literary journals, such as Across the Margin, Writing Disorder, Write City Magazine, Raconteur, and Little Old Lady Comedy.

She's currently working on a sci-fi novel and a stream of picture books and short stories in multiple genres.

You can find out more at:

www.jenniferworrellwrites.com

www.darkstroke.com/dark-stroke/jennifer-worrell

FB/Twitter/Instygram: @JWorrellWrites

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/jenniferworrell

and many more at linktr.ee/jenniferworrell.

Thanks for your interest!

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4.0 out of 5 stars Engaging and Thought Provoking, EoS is a Great Read
By Emac on November 16, 2020
Jennifer Worrell’s Edge of Sundown, is the rare book that takes all of your expectations and turns them on their hypothetical ear. What is supposed to be a simple who-done-it, does what genre does best—it makes you think. All through an engaging plot and compelling characters.

Val Haverford, seems another down-on-his-creative-luck writer, world-weary and a little entitled. But it’s not vanity that drives Val as much as the past. Haunted by an abusive childhood, a tragic death, and a lifetime of burnt bridges, Val is seeking redemption.

Betrayed by his health and a faltering imagination, Val has carved out a book radically different from the sun-seared-west-and-celestial-vistas that made his reputation as an innovative master of genre. Hewn from current events—seemingly random killings that may not be random at all—Val’s newest work is more of a tortured manifesto that leaves him as uneasy as elated. Still, his publisher and friend, Graham is all-too glad for another Haverford novel, the first in a decade.

On his return to the friendly-fire of publishing and sales, Val meets Sandra. An entertainment news reporter and producer facing down her own past and present demons. Val is drawn to her warm-as-toast personality and stunning good looks but as she shares her dreams, he finds a path beyond the past that haunts him and beyond the book he’s hinged so much of his life on.

Then, on the cusp of publication, Val’s life begins to outpace his fiction. His entire outline including the ending is dumped on the internet by an agency intern. Days later, Val is violently assaulted in his home. As disinterested as the police are in a minor isolated assault, they manage to tie it up as a random burglary.

But Val knows better. If his assailant’s words were not clear enough, the message in a missing computer and the only paper draft of his revisions is unmistakable: drop the book.

Torn between defiance and despair, Val resigns himself to walking away from the story, his redemption, and his comeback. Only a murder, too close to home compells him—first in print and then in action as an unwitting/unwilling sleuth–to follow up on his hunch. Through heartbreak and repeated betrayal Val continues to worry at the thread running through all the horror blanketing him.

But as violence spirals back around, can Val knit together the pieces of the mystery or will he become another random statistic?

EoS is unflinching and honest. Worrell delivers bill-come-due commentary—without ever turning preachy. Her Chicago, at once movie-and-TV-show familiar is menacing and otherworldly. Her protagonist, Val is true blue. As hard as it is to believe that this is a first book, EoS is a great introduction to a gifted author. I can’t wait to read what comes next.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An addictive murder mystery, caught up inside a conspiracy theory.
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