As most of you know, mystery and suspense are my favorite genres, and have been for a long time. So when Omnimystery (http://www.omnimysterynews.com/) contacted me, of course the answer was yes. Today we will be introduced to an award winning author, while on virtual tour for his latest book. He has also generously offered for one lucky visitor, a signed copy of his book (giveaway details provided at the end of this posting). Please help me welcome Mr. Sheldon Russell as he stops and visits with us today.
A retired college professor, Russell lives in Guthrie, Oklahoma, with his wife, Nancy, an artist. He has previously won the Oklahoma Book Award and the Langum Prize for Historical Literature.
The Yard Dog, the first Hook Runyon novel, was nominated for the Oklahoma Book Award and earned high praise as Russell’s debut mystery.
ALSO FROM THE AUTHOR
The Baldwin Insane Asylum in Barstow, California, has recently burned to the gound in an inferno that cost many inmates their lives and injured scores. Now, Hook Runyon has been put in charge of security for a train that is to transport the survivors, alongside the head of the asylum, Dr. Baldwin, the attending doctor, taciturn Dr. Helms, and a self-sacrificing nurse named Andrea, to a new location in Oklahoma.
Hook hires a motley crew of WW II veterans to help, and they set out for the new destination. But things go awry on the Insane Train, as several inmates and attendants are found dead, and Dr.Baldwin seems increasingly disoriented and incapable of running operations.
With Andrea’s help, Hook begins investigating the suspicious deaths, and uncovers a trail of revenge that has been a long time in the planning … by a person as mentally disturbed as her charges.
MORE ABOUT THE INSANE TRAIN
“Russell Sheldon is giving away a signed copy of his book, Insane Train, to one lucky tour visitor. Go to his book tour page, http://sheldon-russell.omnimystery.com/, enter your name, e-mail address, and this PIN, 4106, for your chance to win. Entries from this blog, CMash Loves To Read, will be accepted until 12:00 Noon (PT) tomorrow. No purchase is required to enter or to win. The winner (first name only) will be announced on his book tour page next week.” Good Luck!!!