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From NY Times and USA Today bestselling author Patricia Loofbourrow ...

"... a story that is almost irresistible." SciFi and Scary

Kidnapping. Murder. Betrayal.

Can you ever truly hide from your past?

In a far future US, the once-beautiful domed neo-Victorian city of Bridges is now split between four crime families in an uneasy cease-fire. Social disparity increasing and its steam-driven infrastructure failing, a new faction is on the rise: the Red Dogs.

22 year old Jacqueline Spadros was kidnapped from her mother's brothel and sold to the Spadros syndicate ten years ago. The murder of her best friend Air that night as he tried to save her from them haunts her nightmares. Now unwillingly married to one of the city's biggest drug lords, she finds moments of freedom in a small-time private eye business, which she hides in fear of her sadistic father-in-law.

Air's little brother disappears off his back porch and the Red Dogs are framed for it. With the help of a mysterious gentleman investigator hired by the Red Dogs to learn the truth, Jacqui pushes her abilities to their limits in hope of rescuing the child before the kidnapper disposes of him.

Dark, gritty, multi-layered Victorian-inspired detective neo-noir that keeps the reader guessing to the very end.

What readers say about The Jacq of Spades:

"... a world of family intrigue combined with feuding households across the four quadrants of Bridges..." June Lorraine Roberts, Murder In Common

"This was the first steampunk book that I've read that I actually really loved." Gabby's Honest Book Reviews

"... an intriguing and compelling read ..." Diana Johnson

"... a first-rate mystery." Clabe Polk Mystery & Adventure

"For rich pageantry and a complex culture navigated by a character who feels she’s balanced on the edge between the slums of the Pot and the extravagance of the families, The Jacq of Spades is a hands-down success." Margaret Fisk, Tales To Tide You Over

"Mobsters, corrupt police and a novice private detective. This story was amazing." Allie's Opinions

"... good read for anyone who likes mystery and suspense mixed with science fiction." The Beautyful Word

Lovers of Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones, Phillip Marlowe, or the Sherlock Holmes mysteries will enjoy this debut novel of the Red Dog Conspiracy series.

The Jacq of Spades was part of the first edition of the Dark Humanity science fiction and fantasy box set, which made #8 on the USA Today bestseller list for February 5, 2017, and #5 on the NY Times bestseller list for February 12, 2017.

Over 19,000 copies of The Jacq of Spades have been sold!

Welcome to the Family.

Obsession. Blackmail. Betrayal.

What if your best friend was helping your worst enemy?

All is not well in Bridges. Tensions rise between the Four Families, who accuse each other of spying, while Red Dog attacks escalate. Aristocratic jewel merchant Dame Anastasia Louis, styling herself "The Queen of Diamonds," hires 22 year old private eye Jacqueline Spadros to collect from her debtors so she can leave the city.

But Jacqui can't leave David Bryce's kidnapping and the murders of her teenage informants unpunished. Convinced the madman "Black Jack" Diamond was behind the crimes, she pursues ways to prove it.

The scoundrel and his crew, however, seem to be one step ahead: the terrifying man in white is seen lurking outside David's home, forged letters appear across the city, and merchants in the Spadros quadrant report threats from a man who fits his description.

When witnesses who can identify David's kidnappers begin dying and evidence emerges that Jacqui's mother is next on the list, Jacqui is forced to make a dreadful choice.

Someone will surely die. Will it be Jacqui, or her mother?

Dark, gritty, multi-layered Victorian-inspired detective neo-noir that keeps the reader guessing to the very end.

What readers say about The Queen of Diamonds

"... blackmail, murder plots and seemingly everyone with a secret!" - Diana Johnson

"... combines a fictional mob tale with a detective mystery for a darkly entertaining adventure." - Holly A. Lenz

"... action, conspiracies, mystery and danger ..." - Laura Furuta

"I could not put this book down." - Jacob Posey

This is part 2 of a 13-part serial novel:

The Jacq of SpadesThe Queen of DiamondsThe Ace of ClubsThe King of Hearts (coming Winter 2018)
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