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WOLF: A Suspense Thriller (Jessica James Mystery Series) Paperback – June 21, 2016

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"Nobody tops Kelly Oliver for delivering fast-paced narrative, quirky characters, and a plot as twisty as a bucking bronco--all of this leavened with Oliver's trademark wry humor."
--Caroline Taylor, author of Loose Ends and The Typist   
 
"A witty and engaging whodunit, with a "cowgirl philosopher" who's part V.I. Warshawski and part John Wayne."  
-----Kirkus Reviews      
                                                                                          
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 A sparkling and wise debut novel."
-----Charles Salzberg

A suspenseful, well-paced debut."
-----Debra H. Goldstein

"Intriguing, authentic, and genuinely amusing suspense yarn."
-----Samuel Marquis                                      
                                                                                                                        
"A rollercoaster of a ride.  Exquisitely not put downable!"
-----Tracy Whiting    
                                                                                                                                
"A thrilling and suspenseful mystery, its every page jam-packed with action...masterfully builds suspense with its relatable protagonist and bold subject matter."
-----Forward Reviews
                                                                                                                             
"A cast of characters whocharm us from beginning to end.... a fun romp of a read through mystery and mayhem." 
-----MysteryBook World Live
 
"Fast paced and full of fascinating characters... Jessica is a heroine readers will root for."
-----BookLife Prize for Fiction


Jessica James, a quick-witted Montana cowgirl turned philosopher, and star of Kelly Oliver's Wolf: A Jessica James Mystery, wants only to successfully defend her thesis and earn her degree--an achievement that would be a slap in the face, of sorts, to all those who doubted she could survive the rigors inherent in the patriarchy that is academia. But when she discovers Professor Wolfgang Schumtzig's--her thesis advisor--dead body in a bathtub, she becomes entangled in a web of lies, secrets, mystery, and murder from which the only way out is through. For Jessica, survival begins to take on a new, and deadlier, meaning.


Enter Dmitry Durchenko, university janitor and former-heir to The Oxford Don's Russian mafia syndicate. At the age of eighteen, Dmitry cut ties with his family and fled his homeland with two of his father's most prized possessions--antique Russian paintings valued at several million dollars apiece. He's kept a low profile for decades, but after Schumtzig's death, he realizes his life, and his family's lives, are at stake.


Dmitry's actions serve as the impetus for the story, but, of course, Jessica and her ragtag group of friends--Amber, a tech-savvy hippie, Jack, a wise-cracking stoner, and Lolita, Dmitry's smart, seductive, and fearless daughter--are the stars of the show. And each of have a long row to hoe if they want to unravel this mystery.


Simultaneously heartwarming, irreverent, clever, suspenseful, and humorous, this novel moves quickly and keeps the reader glued to the page. Oliver's characters--particularly the women--are fierce, unique, and largely unpredictable. Unlike many mysteries, even those with women protagonists, Jessica does not rely on the good graces of a knight in shining armor to save her--which is refreshing and commendable. With the help of her friends (and a lot of luck) Jessica is more than equipped to handle the likes of the Russian mob, fratty, would-be rapists, and the difficulties inherent in navigating the academic world. Clever, funny, brave, and endearingly awkward, Jessica James is a character that readers will not be able to get enough of.
---Killer Nashville Book Reviews


PRAISE FOR F.O.X.
Jessica James Book 3
"Kelly Oliver's F.O.X has it all:keep-you-up-at-night pacing, Crichton-worthy plot packed with interesting insight and info, and a heckuva heroine, Jessica James, a cowboy boot wearing doctoral student transplanted from the plains of Montana to the streets of Chicago ... I cannot wait to read more from this superb author!"
--Catherine Finger, author of The Jo Oliver Thrillers
 
"Mystery author extraordinaire Kelly Oliver has hit another one out of the park with F.O.X., the third installment in her Jessica James Mystery series. The Nietzsche-quoting, distinctly Western heroine is the star of the show, as always, but Oliver has dug deep and provided an astoundingly memorable supporting cast this time out. More importantly, Oliver has once again made female power quirky and fun--and oh so potent and riveting."
--Samuel Marquis, author of Altar of Resistance and The Coalition


"Fora mere grad student Jessica James seems to find herself in the middle of a lotof trouble, including murder. But for the reader this is a good thing, since Kelly Oliver is a master of getting her heroine in and out of trouble whilemanaging to both entertain and yes, even educate her readers."
-- Charles Salzberg, author of the Henry Swann Mystery series


"Like all Kelly Oliver novels, from page one, the story pulls you in and won't let you go. Fast moving and action driven, this is one book you won't want to string over a couple of nights of reading. After dinner, send the boyfriend home and buckle down for a bumpy ride."
--Clay Stafford, bestselling author & filmmaker, founder of Killer Nashville


"Kelly Oliver is well known for writing bestselling mystery novels that keep readers coming back for more again and again, which is no small feat in this genre. Her thrilling Jessica James Mystery Series, which includes WOLF, COYOTE, FOX, and JACKAL has caused quite a stir in the literary world with good reason, they give readers what all great mystery's offer thrills and chills but they also include a good dose of funny feminist noir." Her Campus News

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" A sparkling and wise debut novel."
~Charles Salzberg

" A suspenseful, well-paced debut."
~Debra H. Goldstein

"Intriguing, authentic, and genuinely amusing suspense yarn."
~Samuel Marquis

"A rollercoaster of a ride. Exquisitely not put downable!"
~Tracy Whiting

"A cast of characters whocharm us from beginning to end.... a fun romp ofa read through mystery and mayhem."
~MysteryBook World Live

"Fast paced and full of fascinating characters... Jessica is a heroine readers will root for."
~BookLife Prize for Fiction

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