The Silver Gun (An Art Deco Mystery)
by L.A. Chandlar
About the Book
The Silver Gun (An Art Deco Mystery) by L.A. Chandlar
1st in Series
Kensington (August 29, 2017)
Paperback: 336 pages
Digital ASIN: B01MQSAJO7
New York City, 1936. In the midst of the Great Depression, the Big Apple is defiantly striving toward an era infused with art, architecture, and economic progress under the dynamic Mayor La Guardia. But those in City Hall know that tumultuous times can inspire both optimism and deadly danger . . .
It’s been six months since Lane Sanders was appointed Mayor Fiorello “Fio” La Guardia’s new personal aide, and the twenty-three-year-old is sprinting in her Mary Janes to match her boss’s pace. Despite dealing with vitriol from the Tammany Hall political machine and managing endless revitalization efforts, Fio hasn’t slowed down a bit during his years in office. And luckily for Lane, his unpredictable antics are a welcome distraction from the childhood memories that haunt her dreams—and the silver gun she’ll never forget.
When Lane gets attacked and threatened by an assailant tied to one of most notorious gangsters in the city, even the mayor can’t promise her safety. The corrupt city officials seem to be using Lane as a pawn against Fio for disgracing their party in the prior election. But why was the assailant wielding the exact same gun from her nightmares?
Balancing a clandestine love affair and a mounting list of suspects, Lane must figure out how the secrets of her past are connected to the city’s underground crime network—before someone pulls the trigger on the most explosive revenge plot in New York history . . .
It’s Not Your Mom’s Mystery Series
Well, it could be. Moms would totally love this series. But Millenials and Gen Z’ers are finding a special bond with The Art Deco Series. I think this series has something to say for all of us, and those two groups in particular.
First of all, Lane Sanders, twenty-three, is the aide to the Mayor of New York City in 1936. Her job is busy and satisfying, plus she hangs out with her friends and goes dancing, enjoys the theater, and all that New York has to offer. But it’s her spirit that is fun. She’s an interesting mix of Nancy Drew meets Stephanie Plum. She always has an idea, and is both fearless, fun, and artful. My hope is that people can relate with Lane on many levels. It’s not her looks or her education or her status that define her. It’s her spirit and her way of soaking up life that makes her remarkable.
And speaking of soaking up life, Lane has a particular knack for getting into adventurous situations. There’s a little bit of Clive Cussler’s adventures that sneak into my mysteries. I like action and there are a lot of lively romps through the city.
The other thing that makes this series different is the art and history. The real history is compelling to bring in to the story. In fact, most of what I write about Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia is actually real. The more sensational or publicity stunt-worthy the situation, the more likely it’s real history. It’s always fun to keep an eye on my Author Notes for that reason.
In real life, art can come along side of and help bring clarity, communication and expression to complicated issues. Art was a hallmark of that time period so I wanted to highlight art in a special way. I wanted readers to live it. So in every novel, there is a backdrop of a different piece of art that comes alongside a character and helps them navigate the mystery and their own issues. Readers experience the art in a new way. In book one, there’s a famous artist who wasn’t famous then, in book two a haunting classic novel comes alongside Lane and a villain simultaneously as they wrestle with similar issues, and in book three Orson Welles (the War of the Worlds creator) founds the first all-black theater cast. They perform MacBeth set in Haiti instead of Scotland, with a jungle and skeleton set, and it is wildly successful. This is Voodoo MacBeth.
With the poetry of the city, layers of art, humor, the heroic figure of LaGuardia, high adventure, and Lane’s desire to live well, I think readers get an overall sense of hope and significance. Things we all long for. My deepest desire is that my stories would somehow inspire every reader to live and experience their own life well. Surprisingly, our age isn’t that different from the Thirties with pervasive corruption, fast-paced technological advances, recession, music and art, and our profound desire for heroes to step up, create change, and give us hope. Deeper than that is the possibility that maybe, just maybe, we could be those heroes in our everyday life. That’s what my novels are all about. And that is why I think these latest generations are finding inspiration and enjoyment from the Art Deco Mysteries. At the heart of it all are normal people who find within themselves the power to make a difference. And to soak up life: the good, the bad, the mundane, the difficult, the joyful… Because when you put it all together, life is extraordinary.
About the Author
L .A. Chandlar is the author of the Art Deco Mystery Series with Kensington Publishing featuring Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia and a fresh take on the innovation and liveliness of 1930s New York City. Her debut novel, The Silver Gun released August 29, 2017, and the sequel, The Gold Pawn, will release September 25th, 2018. Laurie has been living and writing in New York City for 16 years and has been speaking for a wide variety of audiences for over 20 years including a women’s group with the United Nations. Her talks range from NYC history, the psychology of creativity, and the history of holiday traditions. Laurie has also worked in PR for General Motors, writes and fund-raises for a global nonprofit is the mother of two boys, and has toured the nation managing a rock band.
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