"Girl from JakesCannon"
Semi-finalist in Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest
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"Girl from JakesCannon is extremely well-written"---ABNA
" . . . the story starts with a bang . . . the narrative voice crackles with personality, and the pacing accelerates like a runaway train."---Publishers Weekly
"Girl" is seventeen, dirt-poor, exquisitely beautiful -- a Cinderella whose Prince Charming is the Fordham-educated son of a Mafia King-Pin. Her fairy godmothers are a benign thief with a Mob price on his head, and a whorehouse madam who populates her bordello with "Holly-wood-be" starlets. The story is set in the dynamic years of WWII yet features characters whose desires, fears and sensibilities are as modern as this morning's newspaper. Murder, damnation and redemption, life and love, are played out against the backdrop of a country united in war.
"Girl from JakesCannon" is the exciting, unpredicatable saga of a girl from the backwoods of Virginia, unknowingly hunted for a fortune she doesn't know she has by gangsters she has never heard of and how she affects all whom she encounters . . . even those who would kill her.
Richard Eugene (Dick) Stewart has been a band vocalist, hit recording artist, hosted TV shows (local and network), produced several television series and one feature film, wrote and composed songs recorded by Mel Tormé and Tennessee Ernie Ford, and was on-camera TV spokesman for over one hundred of America's top corporations. He is retired in Sun City, Arizona, with his wife, actress Anne Randall Stewart.
"Girl from JakesCannon" is his first novel and reached the semi-finals of The Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest receiving rave reviews from Publishers Weekly.