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Dodging and Burning

(2018)
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Awards
Anthony Awards Best First Book (nominee)
Barry Awards Best First Novel (nominee)
A lurid crime scene photo of a beautiful woman arrives on mystery writer Bunny Prescott's doorstep with no return address—and it's not the first time she's seen it.Fifty-five years earlier, in the summer of 1945, Ceola Bliss is a lonely twelve-year-old tomboy, mourning the loss of her brother, Robbie, who was declared missing in the Pacific. She tries to piece together his life by rereading his favorite pulp detective story “A Date with Death” and spending time with his best friend, Jay Greenwood. One unforgettable August day, Jay leads Ceola and Bunny to a stretch of woods where he found a dead woman, but when they arrive, the body is gone. They soon discover a local woman named Lily Vellum is missing and begin to piece together the threads of her murder, starting with the photograph Jay took of her abandoned body.As Ceola gets swept up playing girl detective, Bunny becomes increasingly skeptical of Jay. She discovers a series of clues that place doubt on the identity of the corpse and Jay’s story of how he found it, and journeys to Washington, D.C. in search of Lily. In D.C., Bunny is forced to recognize the brutal truth about her dear friend, and sets off a series of events that will bring tragedy to Jay and decades of estrangement between her and Ceola.

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"I'm a big fan of John Copenhaver's elegant work. He's a sophisticated stylist who can break your heart right before he turns devilish. Highly recommended." - Luis Alberto Urrea

"Dodging and Burning is a beautifully rendered coming of age story, a compelling exploration of a young man's struggle with his sexual identity amid the evils of war, and an impeccably executed crime novel that keeps you guessing and ultimately strikes a deep and resounding emotional cord." - Ayelet Waldman


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Hardback Editions

March 2018 : USA Hardback
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Title: Dodging and Burning: A Mystery
Author(s): John Copenhaver
ISBN: 1-68177-659-6 / 978-1-68177-659-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Pegasus Books
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Paperback Editions

August 2019 : USA Paperback
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Title: Dodging and Burning
Author(s): John Copenhaver
ISBN: 1-64313-155-9 / 978-1-64313-155-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Pegasus Crime
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Audio Editions

January 2019 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Dodging and Burning: A Mystery
Author(s): John Copenhaver
Publisher: Blunder Woman Productions
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January 2019 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Dodging and Burning: A Mystery
Author(s): John Copenhaver
Publisher: Blunder Woman Productions
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January 2019 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Dodging and Burning: A Mystery
Author(s): John Copenhaver
Publisher: Blunder Woman Productions
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January 2019 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Dodging and Burning: A Mystery
Author(s): John Copenhaver
Publisher: Blunder Woman Productions
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

March 2018 : USA, Australia, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Dodging and Burning
Author(s): John Copenhaver
Publisher: Pegasus Crime
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