Laury A Egan (laury5 on QT) has signed with agent Philip Spitzer of Philip G. Spitzer Literary Agency.
A Bittersweet Tale is a psychological suspense novel constructed around a mystery whose truths unfold from several angles; a rough-cut puzzle that defies perfect assembly.
The deck has always been stacked against you. Then an attractive woman promises love, respect, employment, and a home. Wouldn’t you be hooked? Jango Jacks is.
Jango is a fifty-three-year-old Korean War vet, balladeer, and sweet-natured fellow who left kith and kin in Kentucky decades ago. On a hot August day in 1984, he lands in the Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania, pockets empty, hungry, and in need of a job. After answering an advertisement for a farmhand, he is hired by a recent widow, Audrey Dalton, and is immediately charmed by her; surprisingly, Audrey also seems entranced and prepares him a candlelit dinner, which turns into an evening of love. Jango considers ending his tumbleweed ways and settling down after decades of roaming. The next morning, however, Audrey confesses that she killed her husband, George, in self-defense. Jango sympathizes until he realizes he’s being set up for the murder and that Audrey has another lover in the wings, Shef, who may be George’s real killer. Or is he? And is Shef her only lover? With the best intentions, Jango attempts to solve the mysteries swirling around Audrey until he fathoms that he is no longer just the fall guy. He is now the target.
A Bittersweet Tale begins as a romance reminiscent of The Bridges of Madison County but then spirals into a psychological study of a good man struggling with past demons, who, when he finally understands he is worthy of love and is willing to make a commitment, loses the woman, yet gains wisdom and newfound hope.
A story of authenticity versus artifice, the novel illustrates the old saw, “looks are deceiving,” as police, clergy, and society exhibit prejudiced behavior toward Jango based solely on his appearance, whereas those who are well-heeled are able to hide immoral personalities behind pretty façades, sometimes using religion as a shield to disguise hypocrisy and pathology.
“What a story! A plot that twists and turns in ways I never expected or even suspected. Characters so complex you really wish you could meet them in person. And superb writing that brings A Bittersweet Tale to life.”—Dr. Helga Schier, former Executive Editor, Random House
I would be delighted to send you the complete manuscript (56,145 words) or sample chapters.