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Wink of an Eye

Wink of an Eye

A Mystery

Lynn Chandler Willis

Minotaur Books

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On the run from a double-cross, Las Vegas private investigator Gypsy Moran shows up unexpectedly at his sister Rhonda's house in Wink, Texas. She introduces Gypsy to one of her former students, 12-year-old Tatum McCallen, who is in need of Gypsy's services. Tatum wants to hire Gypsy to investigate his father Ryce's alleged suicide. His dad was a deputy with the Sheriff's department and was found hanged in their backyard. Tatum believes his father was murdered after he went inquiring after the disappearance of several teenage girls, all undocumented immigrants. Against his better judgment, Gypsy agrees to snoop around to see what he can find. Between dealing with his now married high school sweetheart, a sexy reporter, and hostile police officers, Gypsy has his work cut out for him.

Lynn Chandler Willis' Wink of an Eye is a strong addition to a long list of The Private Eye Writers of America (PWA) Competition winners that includes Steve Hamilton and Michael Koryta.

Shamus Awards - Nominee

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CHAPTER 1



"My father didn't kill himself." The kid's voice crackled with pubescent hormones. But other than the wavering voice, he had an unflinching determination. It was the third time he'd made the statement since showing...

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“Readers won't be able to put this novel down. P.I. Gypsy Moran is the perfect blend of streetwise smartass and big-hearted nice guy…That Chandler Willis manages to much so much into one story, with well-rounded characters, is amazing in itself. This reviewer is hoping for future books.” —RT Book Reviews , 4 1/2 stars

“This engrossing debut is told with a great eye for the gritty details of life in west Texas…and the twisty, compelling plot will keep readers hooked.” —Library Journal (starred review)

“A compelling debut for a private investigator--part Old West, part modern techie--whose code of honor is all his own.” —Kirkus Reviews

“It's bright and hot and wide open like the west Texas plains where it is set, and it's funny and sexy. Odds are we'll be seeing more of Lynn Chandler Willis, and maybe even Gypsy Moran as well.” —The Oklahoman

“Gypsy and Tatum's relationship is a well-drawn emotional hook, and the solid investigation, combined with well-timed humor, should create a following for this PWA First Private Eye Novel Competition winner.” —Booklist

“The real-life town of Wink, Tex., provides the setting for Willis's promising debut… Readers will want to see more of Gypsy, a nice combination of brains, brawn, and bravery.” —Publishers Weekly

“A terrific mystery with a Texas twang! Authentic and touching, this well-written page-turner shines with its own brand of western justice.” —Agatha, Anthony, and Mary Higgins Clark award-winning author Hank Phillippi Ryan

“P.I. Gypsy Moran's blasting out of Vegas on the run but finds he can't escape his past when he returns to his hometown in this high octane tale of hot new love, smoldering first love, murder, and betrayal. Wink of an Eye flies by in the 'wink of an eye' in this fast paced thriller set on the hot, dusty Texas plains. I eagerly await Gypsy's next adventure.” —Paul D. Marks, Shamus award-winning author of White Heat

“In Wink of an Eye Lynn Chandler Willis writes with fearless realism and creates characters you'll never forget. I predict private investigator Michael "Gypsy" Moran has a long and trouble-filled series ahead of him--lucky for readers. One of the most cohesive and entertaining mysteries I've ever read.” —Donnell Ann Bell, bestselling author of Betrayed.

“Lynn Chandler Willis perfectly captures the tense atmosphere of a small community where corruption flourishes and good people feel helpless to stop it. Investigator Gypsy Moran is a southwestern cousin to Steve Hamilton's Alex McKnight, a flawed but likable Everyman who pushes himself past the danger point to find justice for victims who can't defend themselves. Wink of an Eye is a winning blend of small town mystery and private eye suspense.” —Sandra Parshall, author of Poisoned Ground

“Small-town Texas, big-time crime. That's what private-eye Gypsy Moran finds when he comes home to Wink, Texas. Murder disguised as suicide, a cop shot in the back, and an old sweetheart are just the beginning of the problems Moran encounters. Lynn Chandler Willis knows her way around a plot, and her characters and setting ring true. Wink of an Eye is a fine debut, and I hope it's just the beginning for Willis and Gypsy Moran.” —Bill Crider, author of Compound Murder

Wink of An Eye creates an entertaining, mannerly, yet bad-boy PI character we wish we'd met in real life in our single, unattached days, because to meet him now would be way too tempting. Gypsy Moran draws out laughter, empathy, and romantic heat with the flip of a switch. Lynn Chandler Willis writes with an easy flow, her dialogue catchy, the plot intricate enough to keep the pages turning.” —C. Hope Clark, author of the Carolina Slade mystery series

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About the author

Lynn Chandler Willis

LYNN CHANDLER WILLIS is the first woman to win the PWA Competition in over 10 years. She has worked in the corporate world, the television news business, and the newspaper industry. She was born, raised, and continues to live in the heart of North Carolina within walking distance of her children and their spouses and her nine grandchildren. She shares her home, and heart, with Sam the cocker spaniel. She lives in Randleman, North Carolina.

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