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Vice Report Paperback – May 23, 2018

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"Fast-moving, compelling and consistently satisfying." -George Campbell"...a terrific crime novel with compelling characters and a cracking good story." -Glenn McDonald

From the Author

I have long been a fan of the mystery genre. I like all of it but especially the San Francisco and Florida schools of hard boiled. For some reason, probably because the protagonist is almost always male, I never thought I would write one. But when my sister died of an overdose a couple of years ago, I realized that one element I love about mystery is that, usually, you meet one of the characters after she dies. The reader learns about that character's life from objects left behind, in reverse.

Once I knew that I wanted to tell my sister's story that way, a lot of other elements I had been playing with -- the slight difference between romance and tragedy, the tragic decline of marriage, how the hard-boiled genre works from a female perspective, and a piece I had been sketching that was a loose interpretation of Shakespeare's
Othello -- wanted to get in on it.

Somewhere along the way, I also found myself creating a world where journalists are heroes, chauvinists are villains, and people doing everyday jobs -- detective, owner of a sleezy clickbait site, bartender, IT guy -- band together to save the world from evil.

Someone once told me, "Don't save your ideas for something else. Cram them in." That runs counter to magazine writing, but it worked here, I think. In fact, it encouraged a story that started out as one mystery to become a long-form story arc with five parts. Each book is one piece of a larger story. I'm not saying any more about that until book five is completed.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1st edition (May 23, 2018)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 250 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1985142473
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1985142473
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 11.4 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.5 x 0.63 x 8.5 inches
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C. X. Wood is an award-winning journalist who has been published in numerous national magazines including Family Circle, Better Homes and Gardens, and Popular Science. She lives in California, Oregon, or North Carolina, depending on her mood and the weather.

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5.0 out of 5 stars We needed a new hero, and C. X. Wood delivered!
Reviewed in the United States on June 1, 2018
A fantastic new take on classic noir detective mysteries! We see the world through the eyes of a strong and smart female reporter who is struggling to make sense of a world that is falling apart around her—both out in the world and inside her own home. But Mona Breen finds answers, and even happiness, where she can.

C. X. Wood does a fantastic job of building an ensemble cast of characters that includes lovable heroes and hateful villains. If you like Joss Whedon shows (Buffy, Angel, Firefly, Avengers) then you know how fun and heartbreaking a great ensemble-cast-story can be!

I’m so glad that this is part one of a series, because while Vice Report is super satisfying as one complete book, I can’t wait to revisit these characters to see where they go! And now that I’ve mentioned Whedon and thought about it… this story would make a great TV show. Maybe an Amazon Original since it’s published on Amazon?

C. X. Wood has got it all: great characters, interesting storylines that move along, a little bit of Shakespeare, a significant nod to the noir detective genre, and the collapse of the fourth estate, all in orbit around a smart and determined female reporter!

Full disclosure: I helped proofread the Beta copy for C. X. Wood, so I got to read Vice Report before it was released, and then again when I bought the final version you see here. I loved the Beta version, and this final version is even tighter! Bravo!
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