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"Her plotting and pacing will keep you up long after Proust and Henry James have rocked you to sleep. Stay tuned for a series that promises many, many more troubled dreams."--Kirkus Reviews

"Bean's inner and outer dialogue is quick, snappy, and authentic to the profession. The pace is earnest, as leads, tips, and information eventually congeal into answers; final pages are highly suspenseful and dramatic. 19 Soulsintroduces a memorable PI, grappling with a past he's not reconciled to."--Foreword Reviews

"This is an unflinchingly gritty tale, wonderfully written and wholly satisfying."--Bolo Books

"That wonderful and rare combination of high-speed suspense and complex, richly drawn characters will keep you on the edge of your seat."--Jeffery Deaver, New York Timesbestselling author

Her bloody finger left a translucent smear on the phone screen as she glanced through the list of private investigators in Vegas. Her stained nail came to rest on Sin City Investigations.

Jim Bean would serve her well.

Private investigator Jim Bean is a straightforward, to-the-point man. He likes his cases to follow suit. But when his latest client, Sophie Evers, asks him to find her brother Daniel, Jim has no idea how complicated his life is about to become.

As he falls deep into a manipulative game of cat and mouse, Jim uncovers the horrible truth about Sophie. Now he must set things right before her plan leads to the loss of innocent souls . . . even more than it already has.

"19 Soulsis one terrific read. With a great plot, engaging characters, and a crackling voice, this book has everything. I dare you to put it down after you start reading."--John Gilstrap, New York Timesbestselling author

"The setup is so good, and the characters so hard to look away from . . . All in all, a fine thriller."--Booklist

"Twisty, authentic, and constantly surprising! JD Allen nails her debut with this top-notch thriller--it's gritty, smart and irresistible."--Hank Phillippi Ryan, nationally bestselling author

Author Notes

J.D. Allen(Raleigh, NC) earned a degree in forensic anthropology and creative writing from Ohio State University. She's also taught other writers on a variety of topics, including the basics of crime scene investigation and the art of public speaking. Visit her online at www.JDAllenBooks.com.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Cynthia Hodge is gorgeous and has a lot of money. When she tells PI Jim Bean she wants to hire him to find her missing brother, how can he resist? The problem? She's not Cynthia. She's just murdered Cynthia. She wants Bean to find Cynthia's brother because she's been in love with him since forever. She'll convince the brother to marry her and murder anyone who gets in her way. She is, of course, batty as a barn owl, but she badly underestimates Bean. He's a refreshing PI in the current world of sad-sack gumshoes. Though he hints at a screwed-up past, he just hints. His job is a perfect fit because his clients' misery made his misery a little less . . . miserable. Early on, Bean comes to the shattering realization that all he's done is connect the poor brother with a crazy. Then the narrative explodes into conventional PI action, but the setup is so good, and the characters so hard to look away from, that most readers won't mind. All in all, a fine thriller.--Crinklaw, Don Copyright 2017 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

At the start of Allen's unimpressive first novel and series launch, a woman phones Las Vegas, Nev., PI Jim Bean, identifies herself as Cynthia Hodge, and asks for his help in finding her brother, former rodeo rider Dan Kent, who she claims has been missing for two years. The caller is actually Sophie Evers, a serial killer who has murdered Cynthia and assumed her identity. Sophie is obsessed with Dan, a childhood friend, and is determined to make him her own. The unwitting Jim takes the job and tracks down Dan in Utah. After realizing Sophie tricked him, Jim joins a police detective, an FBI agent, and a bounty hunter in an effort to locate her. Sophie is a hodgepodge of seemingly contradictory attributes: she can plan carefully but kills impulsively; she holds a steady job but has angry conversations with herself. Readers will hope Allen provides Jim with a more convincing villain in his next outing. (Feb.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.



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