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The Devil Close Behind
Janet Dawson has written thirteen books about Oakland private eye Jeri Howard, including Kindred Crimes, winner of the St. Martin's Press/Private Eye Writers of America contest for Best Private Eye Novel, and a nominee for several best first awards. Her Jeri Howard book Bit Player was nominated for a Golden Nugget award for best California mystery. Her most recent Jeri Howard novel, Water Signs was published in April 2017. The California Zephyr series features protagonist Jill McLeod, who is a Zephyrette aboard the sleek streamliner train. The books are set in the early 1950s and the titles are Death Rides the Zephyr, Death Deals a Hand and The Ghost in Roomette Four. In addition, Dawson has written a suspense novel, What You Wish For, and a novella, But Not Forgotten, as well as numerous short stories, including “Voice Mail,” which won a Macavity award.