Greg Jolley earned a Master of Arts in Writing from the University of San Francisco. He is the author of fourteen novels and a collection of short stories about the fictional Danser family. He lives in the very small town of Whitmore Lake, Michigan.
For the airline executives finalizing a merger that would make news in the business world, the nine a.m. meeting would be a major milestone. But after marketing VP Paul Rogan walked into the plush conference room, strapped with explosives, the headlines told of death and destruction instead. The NYPSD’s Eve Dallas confirms that Rogan was cruelly coerced by two masked men holding his family hostage. His motive was saving his wife and daughter—but what was the motive of the masked men?
Despite the chaos and bad publicity, blowing up one meeting isn’t going to put the brakes on the merger. All it’s accomplished is shattering a lot of innocent lives. Now, with the help of her billionaire husband Roarke, Eve must untangle the reason for an inexplicable act of terror, look at suspects inside and outside both corporations, and determine whether the root of this crime lies in simple sabotage, or something far more complex and twisted.
"Riveting and brilliantly structured, A Simple Favor is an edge-of-your seat domestic thriller about a missing wife and mother that relies on a rotating cast of unreliable narrators to ingeniously examine the cost of competitive mom-friends, the toll of ordinary marital discontent and the fallacy of the picture-perfect, suburban family."—Kimberly McCreight, New York Times bestselling author
She’s your best friend.
She knows all your secrets.
That’s why she’s so dangerous.
A single mother's life is turned upside down when her best friend vanishes in this chilling debut thriller in the vein of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train.
It starts with a simple favor—an ordinary kindness mothers do for one another. When her best friend, Emily, asks Stephanie to pick up her son Nicky after school, she happily says yes. Nicky and her son, Miles, are classmates and best friends, and the five-year-olds love being together—just like she and Emily. A widow and stay-at-home mommy blogger living in woodsy suburban Connecticut, Stephanie was lonely until she met Emily, a sophisticated PR executive whose job in Manhattan demands so much of her time.
But Emily doesn’t come back. She doesn’t answer calls or return texts. Stephanie knows something is terribly wrong—Emily would never leave Nicky, no matter what the police say. Terrified, she reaches out to her blog readers for help. She also reaches out to Emily’s husband, the handsome, reticent Sean, offering emotional support. It’s the least she can do for her best friend. Then, she and Sean receive shocking news. Emily is dead. The nightmare of her disappearance is over.
Or is it? Because soon, Stephanie will begin to see that nothing—not friendship, love, or even an ordinary favor—is as simple as it seems.
A Simple Favor is a remarkable tale of psychological suspense—a clever and twisting free-fall of a ride filled with betrayals and reversals, twists and turns, secrets and revelations, love and loyalty, murder and revenge. Darcey Bell masterfully ratchets up the tension in a taut, unsettling, and completely absorbing story that holds you in its grip until the final page.
Pierce has no idea if Dot has disappeared voluntarily or if he has been kidnapped. Assisted by an assortment of odd characters, Pierce follows a trail of clues that lead him from Hollywood to the wheat farms of Michigan as the misplaced cinematographer searches for his often beguiling and quixotic best friend. Amid a series of miscues and misadventures, murder and mayhem, and laughter and discovery, Pierce soon realizes that his quest to find Dot is becoming more arduous than he ever imagined.
In this colorful and adventuresome mystery, a movie cameraman embarks on a search for his famous best friend where he must trust his instincts to find the answers and, more importantly, the truth.
Determined to find sobriety, purpose, and love in America, Danser lands in San Francisco and embarks on a road trip across the country in an old Jeep with oversized tires. While striving to maintain his idyllic, simple view of living and loving, Danser travels from Half Moon Bay to a wheat farm in Kansas, where he encounters curious characters and discovers true love with a beautiful woman and her amazing son. As his journey leads him to places he never imagined, Danser is challenged to find meaning, humor, and passion amid the reality that the world is never an easy place. But it is only after tragedy strikes and his life comes full circle that Danser may finally have the chance to realize his dreams.
Danser is the poignant tale of one mans misadventures as he travels from South America to Americas heartland in search of sanity, love, meaning, and laughter.