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by Jane Haseldine
on Tour July 1-31, 2017
In Jane Haseldine’s new novel of riveting suspense, Detroit newspaper reporter Julia Gooden is up against the city’s most devious criminal—and her own painful past.
Julia Gooden knows how to juggle different lives. A successful crime reporter, she covers the grittiest stories in the city while raising her two young boys in the suburbs. But beneath that accomplished façade is another Julia, still consumed by a tragedy that unfolded thirty years ago when her nine-year-old brother disappeared without a trace.
Julia’s marriage, too, is a balancing act, as she tries to rekindle her relationship with her husband, Assistant District Attorney David Tanner, while maintaining professional boundaries. David is about to bring Nick Rossi to trial for crimes that include drug trafficking, illegal gambling, and bribery. But the story becomes much more urgent when a courthouse bomb claims several victims—including the prosecution’s key witness—and leaves David critically injured.
Though Julia is certain that Rossi orchestrated the attack, the case against him is collapsing, and his power and connections run high and wide. With the help of Detective Raymond Navarro of the Detroit PD, she starts following a trail of blackmail, payback, and political ambition, little imagining where it will lead. Julia has risked her career before, but this time innocent lives—including her children’s—hang in the balance, and justice may come too late to save what truly matters…
What Reviewers are Saying about Duplicity:
“Haseldine has a gift for atmosphere, setting, and suspense, and the many twists and turns will keep readers guessing.”—Library Journal
“Julia, introduced in The Last Time She Saw Him (2016), is ferociously bold and persistent as she deals with professional and personal adversity laced with duplicity in this action-packed, plot-driven mystery. This is hard-bitten crime fiction with changes ahead for its unrelenting series protagonist.”—Booklist
“Haseldine (The Last Time She Saw Him, 2016) uses her experience as a crime reporter to bring authenticity to this exciting and gritty tale.”—Kirkus Reviews
Published by: Kensington Publishing
Publication Date: April 2017
Number of Pages: 352
ISBN: 149670407X (ISBN13: 9781496704078)
Series: Julia Gooden Mystery #2 | Duplicity can be read as a stand alone novel
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The Secrets Crime Reporter Julia Gooden Keeps
In a typical day, crime reporter Julia Gooden, the lead character in Duplicity, may dodge bullets, go toe-to-toe with Detroit’s most notorious crime boss, battle with her editor not to reveal the name of a witness and whatever else it takes for her to uncover the truth and keep her journalistic integrity.
But most importantly, Julia is a dedicated mother of two young boys, who she always puts first and will fight to the death to protect.
When creating Julia’s character for Duplicity—andthe other books in Kensington Publishing’s mystery series that bears her name— I pulled from some of my own personal experiences as a crime reporter. But Julia Gooden definitely has a strong personality—and a few hidden secrets—that are all her own.
1. Julia is haunted by a childhood tragedy.
When Julia was seven, her older brother, Ben, was abducted from the room they shared. While Julia was in the same room with Ben when he was taken, she can’t remember a single detail of the events of that night to share with the police, because she was asleep. Julia carries a tremendous burden of guilt for not being able to tell the police anything that could’ve possibly brought Ben home, and she is haunted by the memory of her beloved brother, the one person who promised he’d always protect her.
2. Julia became a reporter to give others the closure she could never find.
Thirty years after Ben’s abduction, his case remains unsolved. This is the reason Julia became a reporter, since she never found out the ending to her own story. The only answers she can find now are for others, the victims, or those they left behind. She is driven to give them closure and find out the truth.
3. Julia is a strong female lead and isn’t ashamed to balance work and motherhood
Julia isn’t afraid to jump into danger, whether it’s running into a courthouse that has just been bombed to save her family, or breaking into a crime boss’ home to get answers. While she’s a good mother, she will throw herself into dangerous situations, like her male counterparts, to do her job and protect her own.
4. She used to date her best source on her crime beat.
Detroit Police Detective Raymond Navarro and Julia have a strong and passionate past.They once lived together as a couple twelve years earlier, but Julia broke up with Navarro because she felt too young to accept his marriage proposal. Navarro hit the bottle hard after the rejection while Julia moved on and married assistant district attorney David Tanner. Although Navarro and Julia remain friends, Navarro has always felt like Julia was the one who got away.
5. Julia and Detroit are kindred spirits.
Like Detroit, Duplicity’s backdrop, Julia has faced difficult times, but she constantly fights to rise up, believing in her heart better times are just ahead. Detroit and Julia are both scrappy survivors.
6. Julia is a runner.
Julia pushes herself at everything she does, including her early morning dawn, 10-mile runs, where she races her one contest opponent: herself.
7. Julia’s marriage is on the rocks.
In Duplicity, Julia is trying to reconcile with her husband David. The two originally separated because of Julia’s previous over-protectiveness of their two sons, which was caused by the lasting scars of her brother’s abduction.
Julia also discovered David was dating a lawyer during their separation when she thought they were trying to work things out.
At the beginning of the book, tensions continue to mount between the couple when David is steadfast in his refusal to give Julia the name of his surprise witness who is set to testify on day one of the trial of Detroit crime boss, Nick Rossi. But when a bomb goes off on the courthouse stairs, taking out the prosecution’s key witness and critically injuring David, the story Julia is covering becomes personal, and Julia will risk everything to save her marriage and her family.
Read an excerpt:
Duplicity by Jane Haseldine is the second novel in the Julia Gooden mystery series. I really liked the first in the series (The Last Time She Saw Him) and felt this was a great follow-up to that story. Julia’s life is a mess but she’s one of those characters that you want to root for anyway. I read this without wanting to put it down, and that’s always a mark of a good book for me. 🙂 You should read the first book before reading this one.
Jane Haseldine is a journalist, former crime reporter, columnist, newspaper editor, magazine writer, and deputy director of communications for a governor. Jane writes the Julia Gooden mystery series for Kensington Publishing.
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