Thursday, March 22, 2012

The Zen Man by Colleen Collins Review & Giveaway

Just as washed-up criminal defense attorney, life-long Deadhead (nickname “The Zen Man”), and current PI Rick Levine decides to get relicensed as a lawyer, he’s charged with killing one and ends up in the slammer with a half-mil bail.

Released on bond, Rick and his girlfriend Laura have 30 days to find the real killer. In the course of their investigations, they dig for dirt among Denver’s shady legal backrooms to its tony corporate centers. Dodging bullets, a kidnapping, trumped-up charges and the FBI's unwanted intervention, Rick and Laura continue tracking key suspects who have motive...eventually learning that true redemption begins at home.


Rick Levine used to have a great life - a lawyer and a PI Investigator.  But then he let his vices get the better of him.  Now, he's been clean five years and it's time to lure some of Rick's former colleagues to his and Laura's bed and breakfast for a criminal defense seminar. Not only can they reform old friendships but hopefully Rick and Laura can get some business out of it for their investigation service.

But then Rick's ex-wife shows up and soon after is found dead in the hot tub.  Seen and heard arguing with Rick shortly before, he's the number one murder suspect. With some help, Rick gets out on bail but he has only thirty days to find the real culprit or he'll go down for the crime.  This is where is gets fun.  Rick and Laura's investigation takes them to some shady characters and some even shadier dealings.  Not only do the pages fly by with the action and plot twists, but the characters will keep you guessing their next move as well.  I was thoroughly entertained and can't wait to read the next installment of this fabulous gumshoe novel!

About the Author
Colleen Collins is an award-winning author who’s written 20 novels and anthologies for Harlequin (including a romantic paranormal thriller for Dorchester, writing as Cassandra Collins). Her books have placed first in the Colorado Gold, Romancing the Rockies, and Top of the Peak contests, and placed in the finals for the Holt Medallion, Coeur de Bois Readers Choice, Award of Excellence, More than Magic, and Romance Writers of America RITA contests.

After graduating from the University of California Santa Barbara, Colleen worked as a film production assistant, improv comic, telecommunications manager at the RAND Corporation, technical writer/editor, speech writer, and private investigator. All these experiences play into her writing.

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