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THE FISHER KING

A JACK McBRIDE MYSTERY

by

Melissa Lenhardt
  
Genre: Mystery / Suspense / Thriller
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
Date of Publication: November 1, 2016
Number of Pages: 380

 

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Synopsis

When the dust settles in this Texas town, who will be left standing?

It’s been six weeks since Jack McBride’s life went to hell: the resolution of his first case as chief sparked a countywide drug war, his brother Eddie rode into town with a pocket full of cocaine and trouble on his mind, his estranged wife returned from her one-year sabbatical determined to win him back, and Ellie Martin ended their brief affair.

To the Stillwater natives, the increase in local crime can be traced directly back to the day the outsider McBride took the job, and they’re gunning to get rid of him. One particular group is led by Joe Doyle, a successful local businessman who’s running for city council against Ellie and her plan to revitalize
downtown. Now Jack has discovered proof Doyle is the biggest crime lord in the county, and, with murders piling up and the drug war intensifying, Jack suspects the crimes aren’t business, but personal—and he’s the target.

The bitter election and Jack’s investigation spark old rivalries and new jealousies, making Ellie and those who love Stillwater most wonder if it’s even worth saving.

PRAISE FOR THE FISHER KING:

A fast-moving whodunit with compelling subplots and an appealing protagonist who’s likely to keep winning fans.” — Booklist

“The Fisher King is a haunting novel about different people’s claims on a place, and the power struggles, violence, and deception they use to seize it. Dark and ominous, the novel strikes the perfect mood and will be sure to appeal to fans eager for more of McBride’s adventures.” — Foreward Magazine

“[T]his combination of police procedural and romance puts the pedal to the metal and revs up the action.” — Kirkus Reviews

“Melissa Lenhardt’s Jack McBride is a complex and fallible protagonist you will root for. In The Fisher King, McBride takes on small town greed and corruption to his own peril in this sexy, gritty, and gripping thriller. A terrific new series!” —Deborah Crombie, New York Times bestselling author of the Duncan Kincaid and Gemma Jones series

“Lenhardt draws you so deep into Stillwater, Texas, you’ll think you live there and know everyone in town. In-depth characters, finely drawn descriptions, and a sure-fire plot make The Fisher King a very satisfying addition to the Texas crime fiction scene.” —Terry Shames, Macavity Award Winning author of The Necessary Murder of Nonie Blake

“Melissa Lenhardt’s second Jack McBride novel, The Fisher King, is a terrific soap opera of an East Texas noir. A riveting tale of disgrace, betrayal, and redemption. . . . Lenhardt writes a hard story with a soft hand. Evocatively descriptive and painfully believable, The Fisher King is Peyton Place meets The Godfather in small-town Texas. Top notch.” —James W. Ziskin, author of the Ellie Stone series”

 

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THE FISHER KING SOUNDTRACK

One question I get asked quite often, by other writers especially, is if I listen to music when I write. The answer is yes and no. I don’t have to listen to music when I write, but sometimes I’m in the mood to listen to music, so I do. I definitely cannot listen to the Hamilton Soundtrack when I write because I’m so distracted by Lin-Manuel Miranda’s brilliant writing and the story that he’s telling that I get nothing done. Occasionally, I’ll listen to music I think my character would like to try to get in their headspace. But, generally, music isn’t required for me to get words on the page.

What I love doing, however, is making a soundtrack for my books. I created one for Stillwater—I’m pretty sure creating it was a procrastination tool—and when I finished The Fisher King, I wanted to create one for it. There is so much going on in this book, so many different moods, and the playlist reflects that. You have classic country for Ellie’s frame of mind, a gritty rock song for Eddie, Florence and the Machine for Susan and Brian, and some Coldplay for Jack. Bet you didn’t know that Jack liked Coldplay. Don’t hold it against him.

Numb by Airborne Toxic Event – Can’t think of a more appropriate summation of where Jack and Ellie are at the beginning of the book.

Hurts Like Heaven by Coldplay – An extension of the first song. Jack and Ellie are suffering through a separation hoping that the payoff at the end will be worth it.

I Fall to Pieces by Patsy Cline – Ellie is a huge fan of classic country, especially Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn and Tammy Wynette. Considering her horrible history with men, is it any surprise she relates to songs about women wronged by their men?

Time to Pretend by MGMT – There are lots of people pretending in this book, playing a role. This song works for multiple characters, Jack, Ellie, Eddie, Julie, Fred.

Long Road to Ruin by Foo Fighters – If I told you who this song represented it might be a spoiler, so I’ll let you read The Fisher King and figure it out.

Kiss with a Fist by Florence and the Machine – One thing I only got a chance to touch on in this book is family history and how it shapes us, and people’s perception of us. Brian Grant comes from a long line of abusers and most of the town thinks he’s one as well. Whether or not he is or isn’t, so many times perception is reality. On the other hand, the McBride brothers are known for their temper as well.

Battleflag by Pigeonhead (EXPLICIT) – Eddie’s song. All the way. His theme music.

What She Came For by Franz Ferdinand – Oh, Julie. I’m sorry everyone hates you so much. I tried to give you some shading, but it’s tough to make a woman who left her family on her son’s birthday sympathetic.

Landslide by Fleetwood Mac This is all about where Ellie & Kelly’s relationship is at the end of the book.

Fire Woman by The Cult – I couldn’t end the playlist on a slow song. This is Ellie’s song, though the lyric, ‘Fire woman, you’re to blame’ doesn’t fit her character. Or does it? You’ll have to read The Fisher King to find out!

about the author

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Melissa Lenhardt writes mystery, historical fiction, and women’s fiction. Her short fiction has appeared in Heater Mystery Magazine, The Western Online, andChristmas Nookies, a holiday romance anthology. Her debut novel, Stillwater, was a finalist for the 2014 Whidbey Writers’ MFA Alumni Emerging Writers Contest. She is a member of the DFW Writers’ Workshop and vice president of the Sisters in Crime North Dallas Chapter. Melissa lives in Texas, with her husband and two sons.

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