Press Release for Wednesday, June 8, 2011
UNF English Professor Authors Third Mystery Novel
Joanna Norris, Associate Director
Department of Public Relations
Dr. Michael Wiley, a University of North Florida professor in the Department of English, has authored his third mystery novel, “A Bad Night’s Sleep,” which is scheduled to be released by St. Martin’s Press Tuesday, June 21.
Wiley, a San Marco resident, has taught at the University since 1998 and is the author of the Shamus-nominated, award-winning Joe Kozmarski mysteries, including “The Last Striptease” and “The Bad Kitty Lounge.” His latest release in the series, “A Bad Night’s Sleep,” will be available online and in bookstores for $24.99 and available in paper, electronic and audio formats.
Private Investigator Joe Kozmarski, the damaged hero of Wiley’s “A Bad Night’s Sleep,” has made a lot of dangerous moves in the past, but he practically digs his own grave one night when he shoots a Chicago cop—one who appears to be part of a ring of thieves and also about to gun down another cop. It looks bad for Kozmarski, but a friend with the Chicago police department gives him a way out. There are plenty of policemen who want to bring down this ring of crooked officers, and they want to do it quietly, without the public knowing that anything’s going on.
Kozmarski is sent to infiltrate the group, soon discovering the inroads the corrupt police have made with the city’s street gangs. But for each step that he takes toward shutting the ring down, an unexpected twist crops up, and soon it becomes nearly impossible for even a canny guy like Kozmarski to tell the bad cops from the informers trying to bring them to justice. And he also learns that there are players in this game beyond the cops and the gangs, people who have their own plans for him.
Wiley has received a great deal of advanced praise from other notable authors for his latest mystery thriller. “A Bad Night’s Sleep” is a terrific read that will indeed cost readers some sleep. Michael Wiley pulls you into the action on page one and doesn’t let up until the last satisfying chapter,” said Alafair Burke, author of “Long Gone.”
According to New York Times bestselling author John Lutz, a “A Bad Night’s Sleep” is “top-notch P.I. reading” and Wiley really knows “how to keep the fires stoked.”
Wiley is a native of Chicago and won the Private Eye Writers of America’s Best First Novel competition and was a finalist for the Shamus Award. He is also the author of two nonfiction titles, “Romantic Geography” and “Romantic Migrations.” He is currently writing a fourth novel in the Joe Kozmarski mysteries as well as a stand-alone mystery, which is set in the wetlands of North Florida.
A book release party will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 22, at Chamblin’s Uptown, located on Laura Street, and at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 23, at the BookMark in Neptune Beach, located on 1st Street. The public is invited to attend both events.
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