NC Literary Hall of Fame



Random Road by Thomas Kies

Poisoned Pen Press
$15.95, paperback / $26.95, hardcover / $6.99, e-book
ISBN: 978-1-464208027
May, 2017
Fiction: Mystery
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"Kies tells a taut, fast paced tale, imbuing each character with memorable, compelling traits that help readers connect with them. …those who enjoy J.A. Jance’s Beaumont series or Sue Grafton’s Kinsey Milhone will appreciate Geneva Chase."

"The bad choices made by Geneva 'Genie' Chase, the narrator of Kies’s arresting debut, have landed her back in her hometown of Sheffield, CT, working for the local paper. When a multiple murder—the six victims were all members of a sex club, and murder site was their clubhouse—is discovered in a Long Island Sound mansion, Geneva is the only reporter on the scene. …Kies has created a likable if flawed heroine readers will want to see more of."
Publisher's Weekly

"A hard-living newspaperwoman juggles multiple men and battles the bottle on her way to redemption via a high-profile murder story. …Kies’ fiction debut lays the groundwork for an entertaining series."
Kirkus Reviews

"Reporter Geneva Chase has written hundreds of stories, but what brings her back to Sheffield, CT, and her hometown newspaper, isn't a news piece, it's her alcoholism. Yet this may be her chance at professional redemption, as she investigates one of the most grisly murder scenes of her career. Probing the brutal slaughter of six people at an exclusive gated community, the intrepid journalist also uncovers all kinds of secrets, from a young man whose father bribes a judge to let him off on a hit-and-run charge to a swingers' club. At the same time, Geneva also tries to hide her drinking problem from the newsroom. A chance encounter at an alcoholics anonymous meeting will change her life, but not before it's jeopardized by her connecting the dots and tracking down a vicious killer. Kies' debut mystery introduces a reporter with a compelling voice, a damaged woman who recounts her own bittersweet story as she hunts down clues. This suspenseful story will appeal to readers who enjoy hard-nosed investigative reporters such as Brad Parks's Carter Ross."
—Library Journal , Debut of the Month for March, 2017

Currently living on a barrier island on the coast of North Carolina, Thomas Kies has a long career working for newspapers and magazines, primarily in New England and New York.

When he’s not writing mysteries, Thomas Kies is the President of the Carteret County Chamber of Commerce. He’s currently working on the second book in the Geneva Chase series: Darkness Lane.

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