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Poisoned Pawn by David Siegel Bernstein - Book Tour + Giveaway

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Poisoned Pawn
by David Siegel Bernstein


GENRE:   Detective, Mystery



Caleb Jacobs is a man with a past. After serving on a failed dark ops assignment in Afghanistan, he leaves Marine Corps Intelligence to try to build a new life in Philadelphia as a homicide police detective.

Jacobs is happy, for a time, until he is assigned to solve the murder of Shannon Faraday.
During the investigation, he is convinced the evidence points to him as the killer.
He knows it is only a matter of time before other investigators see the same.
He has no alibi and the clock is counting down.

Behind his partner’s back, Jacobs hires a private investigator named Lawrence Holmes.
The PI is an irritation to the police, but he is unmistakably brilliant.
And, many powerful people in the city owe him favors. Holmes is a bit odd.
He insists on calling Jacobs Watson but claims to never have heard the name Sherlock.
Jacobs can live with this kind of crazy as long as together they find the real killer.

They quickly link the murder to a series of seemingly unrelated crimes occurring throughout
Philadelphia, and Jacobs becomes convinced the murder is related to the truth of what had
happened during his time in Afghanistan. Old secrets have come back to haunt him.


I felt like shit for having to hire a private investigator, especially one who was most likely insane.
Still, I couldn’t deny that his type of crazy got results. Reluctantly I handed over an envelope to the
man sitting on the sun-bleached bench. 

He opened it. Satisfied with my offering, he slid it into his jacket. “Ah, Watson,” he said.
“Good to see you again.”

I shook my head and dropped onto the bench next to him. “My name is Jacobs. Caleb Jacobs,”
I said, hoping the reminder might stick this time. 

He turned to me. “Did you say something?”

I sighed. “No, Holmes.” 

If I wasn’t desperate for his help, I’d strangle him. Of course my superiors at the Philadelphia
Homicide Unit wouldn’t appreciate that. But I wondered if a cop hiring a private investigator was
any worse of a violation. I needed Lawrence Holmes for his connections and unique viewpoint,
things my PHU colleagues couldn’t provide. He might not be the fictional character he played at,
but he was a talented PI.


Author Interview
1. What is the first book that made you cry?
Since I was an earlier reader, I’m going to say Green Eggs and Ham when I was 2 years old. It’s a real tearjerker. Why did the grumpy thing refuse to eat the eggs? Was he colored biased?
A more contemporary book that may get a repeat performance from me is. The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse.

2. How long, on average, does it take you to write a book?
A nonfiction book takes me about 6 months. A lot of this time is spent in research. Fiction takes me a lot longer. Poisoned Pawn took me about 2 years. I worked sporadically on between other projects.

3. How do you select the names of your characters?
Some of the character’s names are homages to my favorite mysteries. Lawerence Holmes with an assistant named Ms. Hudson?

4. Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
Build a platform before your book comes out. This makes it much easier to get the word out when the project is complete. Then, by hook or by crook, find a way to get onto Jazzy Book Reviews!
5. Tell us 10 fun facts about yourself! :)
1.      To go with my tough guy motif, I own a Toy Poodle named Ringo Biggles Woofington.
2.      I am a black belt in Tae Kwon Do (a style of combat used in Poisoned Pawn).
3.      I play guitar.
4.      I have a kick-ass comic collection (which makes me popular with the ladies… I wish).
5.      I enjoy a good game of chess.
6.      I have over 70 publication credits.
7.      I have a PhD.
8.      I’m on the Board of directors for the Philadelphia Writers’ Conference.
9.      I was on Bozo the clown (I was a cute kid).
10.  I served in the Civil Air Patrol.

6. What is your favorite genre to read?  
Science fiction! I started my writing career as a science fiction author. It is still my fav.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

To support his writing addiction and excessively extravagant lifestyle, David Siegel Bernstein, PhD,
is a data scientist who consults as a forensic statistician. That sounds really boring until you realize
that his clients include the US National Security Agency (NSA), the Secret Service, the FBI,
the Department of Justice (DOJ), and a host of other acronymonious agencies who cultivate exciting
and shadowy reputations. Alas, those reputations are mere facades that disguise the real reason
these organizations exist, which is to keep him entertained and fed.
When David wants a break from this spellbinding work, he writes. His fiction credits encompass two
novelettes and sixty shorts. His nonfiction has appeared in newsletters, popular blogs, academic
journals and he is the author of the book Blockbuster Science: The Real Science in Science Fiction.
He lives within the shadow of Philadelphia with his wife, Michelle, two children, Seth and Gwendolyn,
and a dog named Ringo Biggles Woofington.

twitter: @DavidBernstein

instagram @davidsieglebernstein



David Siegel Bernstein will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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