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Pushback

(2018)
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Dave, an investment counselor with PTSD, survives a blowout that kills his fiancee, Allison.

A year later, Dave has found unexpected happiness with Cathy. At Dave's very-small-high-school reunion, Dave is stunned that he doesn't recognize anyone there. Cathy, who was previously victimized by a con man, breaks it off. Late that night, Dave gets a text: "How does it feel to be so quickly forgotten?" Apparently, someone close to Allison is angry that he has moved on so "soon."

Dave's PTSD symptoms make him avoid conflict at almost any cost, so he hopes this will pass. It doesn't. The harassment escalates. And now, someone is trying to kill him.

Dave's only choices are to flee or stay and fight. Has somebody picked on the wrong guy?

"Stith...successfully expands his horizons with this unsettling Hitchcockian thriller.... Judicious use of humor provides some relief from the dark plot line. Fans of Daniel Palmer-esque intelligent suspense will be pleased." (Publishers Weekly)

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"A lovely, twisty thriller that moves like a roller coaster." - Diana Gabaldon

"Pushback is a fast-paced crime novel guaranteed to keep you reading into the night. When financial advisor Dave Barlow finds himself the victim of a hoax, he soon discovers he has everything to lose. Accelerating through enough twists and turns to keep you guessing, Pushback ramps up to a heart-pounding ending that will leave you breathless. Stith, known for his award-winning science fiction, really brings it home in his debut mystery. Bring on the next installment!" - Chris Goff

"John Stith long ago showed himself master of the science fiction genre. With Pushback, he proves he's also a terrific mystery novelist. Pushback is dynamite! Stith takes you on a gripping ride of twists and turns while the tension tightens like a noose, right up to the thrilling conclusion. A sympathetic and enterprising hero and a stop-at-nothing villain will make you just as eager as Dave Barlow to figure out who wants to ruin him. And who wants him dead." - Barbara Nickless

"John Stith's Pushback is a fast-paced ride that gives new definition to the term 'bad week.' Besieged and belittled by a barrage of attacks, Dave Barlow's brutal trek through purgatory is a taut, tense thriller. Dave Barlow's self-effacing commentary--and John Stith's smooth prose--will have you gobbling up the pages faster than Barlow zooms all over the Pikes Peak region trying to figure out where his life went so terribly, terribly wrong." - Mark Stevens


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Used availability for John E Stith's Pushback

Hardback Editions

November 2018 : USA Hardback
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Title: Pushback
Author(s): John E Stith
ISBN: 0-9672984-5-8 / 978-0-9672984-5-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Reanimus, LLC
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Paperback Editions

October 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: Pushback
Author(s): John E Stith
ISBN: 0-9672984-6-6 / 978-0-9672984-6-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: ReAnimus Press
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Audio Editions

February 2019 : Audio CD
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Title: Pushback
Author(s): John E Stith
ISBN: 1-978657-80-3 / 978-1-978657-80-9
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


December 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Pushback
Author(s): John E Stith
Publisher: Audible Studios
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December 2018 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Pushback
Author(s): John E Stith
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon AU   


December 2018 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Pushback
Author(s): John E Stith
Publisher: Audible Studios
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December 2018 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Pushback
Author(s): John E Stith
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

November 2018 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Pushback
Author(s): John E Stith
Publisher: ReAnimus Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU