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Nazareth Child (A Del Shannon Novel) Kindle Edition

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A smart and determined field operative in Tucson, Del Shannon has earned a reputation for being nearly invincible in tracking down missing persons. Ironically, the only person Del has not been able to locate is the mother she's never known. Deep in the Appalachian hills of Kentucky, the Feds are investigating Nazareth Church, an isolated religious compound led by faith healer Silas Rule. People desperate for salvation are giving up everything they own—and are never heard from again.

Del is recruited when the FBI discovers that her father owns an abandoned house in the clannish community. Hoping to locate her mother, she goes undercover with ATFE agent Frank Falconet, a New Yorker who is battling his own demons. Caught in a deadly web of lies, scheming, and righteous threats of damnation, Del risks everything to find the truth. What secrets is Nazareth Church hiding? And could Silas Rule hold the key to her mother's past?

Nazareth Child won the Left Coast Crime Eureka Award for Best First Novel

Nazareth Child is a finlist for the Anthony Award in the category of Best First Novel

Nazareth Child is a finlist for the Macavity Award in the category of Best First Mystery Novel

About the Author

Darrell James’ short stories have appeared in numerous mystery magazines and book anthologies, and have garnered a number of awards, including finalist in the 2009 Derringer Awards. Nazareth Child won the 2012 Left Coast Crime Eureka Award for Best First Novel, and is a finalist for the 2012 Anthony Awards for Best First Novel and for the 2012 Macavity Awards for Best First Mystery Novel. In addition, his personal odyssey to publication appears in the Writer’s Digest book How I Got Published, along with J.A. Jance, David Morrell, Clive Cussler, and many other notable authors. James splits his time between Pasadena, California, and Tucson, Arizona. Visit him online at

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2585 KB
  • Print Length: 362 pages
  • Publisher: Midnight Ink; Original edition (Sept. 8 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005LHO7MY
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #630,871 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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58 of 58 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa232bf3c) out of 5 stars Ready for the Sequel Sept. 17 2011
By Charlean Souligne - Published on
Format: Paperback
I admit, I was skeptical about reading a good debut novel. So many new authors intentionally or unintentionally copy the plot lines of accomplished authors, that sometimes you just can't get past the first few chapters. Not so in this case. I literally could not wait to turn the page to see what was coming next.

Plot twists, believable characters, the authorities in the background but not portrayed like bumbling idiots. All good points. I admit I was intrigued by the name of the character Del Shannon. I was hoping for a return of the books by an earlier author, but this is so much better. This Del is gritty and sexy, determined, yet with a heart under the rough exterior. Her FBI partner is not an idiot nor macho one-up-on-you kind of guy. Which is good. I wouldn't have liked him portrayed any other way.

I'm hoping that there will be more books portraying Del and how she can make a difference in the lives of the people she touches.

Good luck to Mr. James and keep being creative.
33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa232bf90) out of 5 stars Del Shannon Rocks! Aug. 28 2011
By R. Bingaman - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This novel is a great read. I didn't want to put it down. The writing is so descriptive. I felt like I was right there in the story. I could easily picture the characters. Del Shannon is such a gutsy character. I can't wait to experience her next adventure.
32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa232e288) out of 5 stars Sterling debut! Aug. 9 2011
By Alan Orloff - Published on
Format: Paperback
In his terrific debut, Darrell James takes us for a ride along with his protagonist, Del Shannon, a kick-butt missing persons investigator. Great characters, great plot/premise, great writing -- the trifecta. I can't wait for more Del Shannon books. Highly recommended.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa232e7b0) out of 5 stars Nazareth Child Sept. 9 2011
By Susan - Published on
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I read the book and loved it! Darrell masterfully brought the characters to life and I really got involved in the story. The descriptions of the setting are so exact, it is easy to picture the area. Looking forward to the next Del Shannon adventure.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa232e06c) out of 5 stars Stellar! Feb. 14 2012
By Sheila Lowe - Published on
Format: Paperback
Having recently been disappointed by a couple of best-selling authors, I was delighted to find Darrell James' debut novel far better than anything else I'd read in the last couple of months. He's created a strong, likable protagonist, a creepy, believable villain, and a setting that made me feel as if I'd been there. I'm recommending Nazareth Child to my friends who read mysteries.