by David Eugene Perry
Publication Date: September 15, 2020
Intrigue, terrorism, history, art, and the secrets of the Church collide in a relentless page-turning thriller.
An American couple in Italy investigate the suicide of a cleric in the picturesque Italian city of Orvieto — and find themselves plunged into a conspiracy that may destroy the Catholic Church. In the stunning thriller Upon This Rock, San Francisco business executive Lee Maury and his husband Adriano come to Orvieto to soak in the city’s beauty and rich history, but Lee becomes fascinated with a local tragedy, the suicide one year earlier of Deacon Andrea, a much-loved candidate for the priesthood.
Growing obsessed with learning the truth behind Andrea’s death, Lee finds that everyone in Orvieto has some connection with Andrea: the handsome former Swiss Guard and bisexual prostitute Grigori; the kindly elderly priest Don Bello; the gossipy American expat blogger Lady Peg; the secretive young German doctor Luka; the irascible nonagenarian baker La Dona Volsini and her USA-loving grandson Marco; African immigrant street musician Dawud and his sister Maryam, who is en route to Italy with black market smugglers; the exiled Episcopal priest Rev. Vicki; Orvieto’s new bishop, Arnaud, a sexually conflicted member of Opus Dei; the powerful head of the Vatican press office Cardinal Maltoni; and the secretive political fixer Magda Carter. Woven throughout is a 500-year-old backstory — the plight of Medici Pope Clement VII who sought refuge in Orvieto following the Sack of Rome, whose time in Orvieto is somehow linked to the mysteries of the present.
As Lee and Adriano struggle to make sense of the relationships tying all these people to Andrea’s suicide, they stumble upon a conspiracy of terrorism, human trafficking, and a plot to destroy one of the Church’s most sacred shrines. Before they know it, Lee and Adriano’s dream vacation becomes a race to save innocent lives — and not get killed in the process.
A Dan Brown–esque tale of intrigue, history, art, the secrets of the Church, and the conspiracies of the powerful, Upon This Rock is a relentless page turner that will keep readers on edge from its original premise to its startling denouement, set in the stunning background of one of Europe’s most captivating cities.
About the Author: David Eugene Perry is the founder and CEO of the public relations firm David Perry & Associates, Inc. Perry is also the host/producer for the weekly LGBT TV show 10 Percent and a journalist who has contributed to several national publications. Perry and his husband make their home in San Francisco and Palm Springs.
$18.95 US • Trade Paperback • 6″ x 9″ • 402 pages
A Gold Coast Mystery
by Timothy Cole
Publication Date: October 6, 2020
A headless corpse tossed in a dumpster unites a small-town cop and a formidable retired lady spy to track a killer in a wealthy New England neighborhood.
Westport, Connecticut, 1989. A decapitated body burned to a crisp might be found in any dumpster in any city in America, but not in the aristocratic Gold Coast community of Westport. Local cop Tony DeFranco dutifully collects evidence, knowing that the State Police will take over the case. But when the state investigator tries to cover up the murder, DeFranco starts a rogue investigation.
Not knowing if any of his police colleagues can be trusted, DeFranco forms an alliance with two unlikely colleagues — local TV reporter Tracy Taggart and retired CIA case officer Dasha Petrov, whose elderly, ladylike appearance masks a lifetime’s experience with violence and deception.
Petrov, who had long reconciled herself to a quiet and dwindling retirement taking care of her ailing sister, responds to DeFranco’s request for help with an eagerness that surprises herself. Born in czarist Russia, Petrov spent her childhood fleeing Bolsheviks and her youth fighting Nazis. An officer of the wartime OSS and then the CIA, Petrov brings a strategic mind, an insight into the evil of the human heart, and a shocking level of comfort with violence to the investigation, and Petrov finds herself thrilled to be back in action.
While the trio of investigators track the identity and tragic life of the murder victim, the unknown killer strikes again. And as DeFranco and Taggart develop feelings for one another, it becomes clear that both have become the killer’s next targets. The body count mounts, and DeFranco must rely on Petrov’s insights and skills, acquired over decades of global troubleshooting, to stop a killer operating at the pinnacle of American power. A glimpse at the sordid underside of position and wealth, with a breakout star character in Dasha Petrov, the elderly lady with a glamorous past and a will of steel, The Sea Glass Murders is an action mystery with an immersive, fast-paced plot and unforgettable characters.
$16.95 US • Trade Paperback • 6″ x 9″ • 326 pages