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Dead in the Rose City

A novel by

Award-winning literary criminologist R. Barri Flowers' first eBook mystery.

A cross between Body Heat and Mike Hammer, Dead in the Rose City is a taut, hard-boiled detective novel where nothing is quite what it seems. Dean Jeremy Drake, nicknamed D.J., is a Jamaican-Italian private investigator and ex-homicide detective for the Portland Police Bureau. He is six-five, hip, tough, armed with a .40 caliber Glock, and courts danger and romance with equal abandon. These qualities are put to the test when Drake is framed for murder in the midst of two seemingly unrelated cases. The more he investigates, the more he realizes they are intricately and dangerously connected. It literally becomes a life and death issue as Drake has to use all his detective skills, and then some, to fit all the pieces together in a deadly, high stakes whodunit and why.


"Rose City is an interesting blend of classic film noir and rough, modern black cinema. . . . Quick action and tight dialogue make it a jolting thriller, but it's also got the psychological tightness of a good mystery puzzle. The clues are there . . . giving you a shot at your own observations. . . . Good book to put on some slow jazz with and relax, letting your brain work on some problems that are nothing like your own." - Robert A. Sloan, author of Raven Dance

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Used availability for R Barri Flowers's Dead in the Rose City

Paperback Editions

November 2010 : USA Paperback

Title: Dead in the Rose City
Author(s): R Barri Flowers
ISBN: 1-4564-0650-7 / 978-1-4564-0650-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Kindle Editions

June 2013 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: Dead in the Rose City (A Dean Drake Mystery)
Author(s): R Barri Flowers
Publisher: R. Barri Flowers
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA