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Final Copy, the mystery novel by Jan Brogan


FINAL COPY, named one of the eight best mysteries of 2001 by The Drood Review of Mystery is now available as an e-book for Kindle and Nook for only $2.99.

In Boston, a prominent venture capitalist plunges to his death from the balcony of a downtown hotel during a biotechnology conference. The upscale mid-day murder captures the city's imagination and starts a media feeding frenzy.

Addy McNeil, kicked off the investigative team at Boston's News-Tribune because of sloppy work and a sleeping pill addiction, gets a chance to regain her foundering career when the only suspect in the murder turns out to be her old college boyfriend.

What others are saying...

"Humanly compelling, crisply written and cleverly plotted... Brogan knows how to quicken the suspense and parcel out revelations as the book accelerates to its stunning conclusion. She has produced a swift-sure footed mystery..."
The Providence Journal

"Final Copy lands its heroine in the thick of rekindled romance, cutthroat venture capitalism and abundant murder motives."
Publishers Weekly

"Exceptional debut novel... elegantly designed."
The Drood Review

"There's plenty of intrigue..."
The Boston Globe

"Final Copy is what is known as a page turner because you want to stay with it once you start."
Clifton Dateline Journal

"As layers of suspense unfold, the reader is never sure if Addy can control her addiction and her old passions and secure the exclusive that will rejuvenate her career."
The Worcester Telegram

"There is a lot going on in this book... I couldn't put it down when I got to the last chapter."

"A good mystery with engaging characters, a convincing plot, and a thorough feel for investigative journalism as a calling and a business."
Fiction Readers Advisory Reviews

"This is a fast moving, suspensful story of the greed and corruption of an industry...the plot is well-constructed, clever and full of intrigue. The story is as real as today's headlines."


Nominated by Barrington Books for the Book Sense program of the American Booksellers Association - a program formed to enable independent bookstores to alert the public to interesting and worthy newer titles.

Finalist (1999) in the Chesterfield Writer's Film Project (founded by Steven Spielberg and Amblin Entertainment)

Editor's Choice, The Drood Review, named one of the best new mysteries of 2001:

"What struck us most in this well-constructed first novel is Jan Brogan's depiction of a reporter at work. She shows us in carefully delineated detail how reporter Addy McNeil goes about doing a major interview, how she wrestles with bias (of which she has a lot, as the personal connection that she exploits to get the interview runs deeper than even she imagines) and - especially nicely - shows us how she writes the resulting article. Mysteries are about putting pieces together into a picture that reveals a killer. Brogan does this with a sure hand. At the end, she also gives us the text of the story that Addy files. Each line of this article resonates with meaning, given what the characters have gone through, and it's as fine a resolution to a mystery as we've read in a long time."

The nineteen-year old Drood Review is a comprehensive review of all new mysteries and is considered one of the most prestigious and influential of the mystery publications. Fans, booksellers, and librarians use the publication to decide what to buy and read next. Final Copywas one of only eight new mysteries chosen from 900 new titles chosen for the 2001 Drood Review "Editors Choice" award.

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