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About John Owens
John Owens was born in Liverpool, England in 1953 and journeyed to Canada at the age of two (apparently with some assistance). Raised and schooled in Ottawa, he obtained a BA in English Literature from Trent University followed by an MA from Queen's. After a teaching stint in the Bahamas, he returned to Ottawa where he began a 32-year career in marketing and public relations with, successively, a charity, a technology company, the Ottawa Senators hockey team, and, since 1996, with his own marketing and communications business.
Owens kicked off the comic Jake Lydon mystery series with Connecdead, followed up by Machete and Bushwhacked.
The fourth novel in the series, Jackpot, is oh so close to completion.
He is also the author of two novels of historical fiction — On the Rails and The Sixth String — and more than 30 short stories. He is married to long-suffering and saintly Maggie. They live in Morrisburg, Ontario on the banks of the St. Lawrence River and in Indian Rocks Beach, Florida on — wait for it — the banks of the Gulf of Mexico.
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Titles By John Owens
An elderly English literature professor is viciously stabbed to death on the expansive pastoral campus of Jake Lydon’s alma mater.
Weeks later, in a big city hipster neighbourhood a hundred miles away, a junior book editor meets the same grisly fate.
Are the copycat murders connected? Jake thinks so. But then again, Jake thinks a lot of things that very few other people do.
Mule-stubborn, he sets out to connect the dots. Among those “dots” are a fading superstar on the self-help scene, his high-powered literary agent, a money-hungry publisher, a vindictive philosophy professor, a low-level drug dealer, and an intimidating student with a deadly secret.
Along the way, Jake manages to incite not one but three attempts on his life, all the while infuriating police in two jurisdictions, his best friend, his daughter, and his lover. All in a day’s work for the foul-mouthed, bull-headed, stumbling senior really amateur sleuth.
One might think that Jake might absorb some helpful positive life lessons from his misadventures.
But, of course, one would be wrong.
Is Jackpot punctuated with sudden violence, twisting plot turns, memorable new characters, and outrageous humour, all revolving around a “hero” we’re not sure even a mother could love?
You can bet on it.
As the improbable duo digs deeper, uncovering a criminal enterprise exploiting the lives of the most vulnerable on their Caribbean Island, they could very well end up at the end of a deadly machete.
Untrustworthy praise for Jake Lydon: “Without question, Jake Lydon is the most appealing paunchy, long-haired, Hawaiian shirt-wearing, foul-mouthed, chain-smoking, near-alcoholic, anti-social, diabetic, semi-reclusive retiree detective in crime literature today….Certainly Top Five.” — Possibly a famous guy who didn’t read the book.
Fleeing poverty and abandoning perhaps the love of his life, Michael enlists in the legendary Royal Canadian Mounted Police, where he comes face to face with bootleggers, bandits, whores, murderers, and, ultimately, all the evil men do. Finally, in the unforgiving Canadian Arctic, among the Inuit, the missionaries, and the mercenaries, Michael's body and spirit are severely tested as he deals with the brutal environment, another mans insanity, and the haunting discovery of a nineteenth-century English expedition. Death comes close, and he faces an intense day of reckoning with all that he believes.
Tracing one young mans journey into manhood and self-knowledge, On the Rails is an adventure, a bittersweet love story, and an epic tale of sin, redemption, and the agonizing choices that confront us all.