Coming soon: “a bold new voice in the crime genre.”

Coming this September from North Star Press 

Washed Up Description

The shocking discovery of a drowned newborn washed ashore on the banks of the Mississippi River forever changes 11 year-old Abatha Cox and Somerset Hills, the small Minnesota community she calls home.

Lead investigator Arvo Thorson is the only person trusted enough to investigate the baby’s murder, but he’s drowning too — in a toxic cocktail of whiskey, vodka and gin — and his career will be dead in the water unless he can solve the crime.

Christine Ivory, the brainy, fashionable and compulsively organized social worker caring for the girl has never been more intent on thwarting Arvo.

The chemistry between Arvo and Christine is undeniable, but neither will admit to it, and their clashes are threatening the investigation, the safety of the witness, and Arvo’s career.

Praise for Washed Up

“Susan Koefod’s fine debut novel Washed Up is anything but. It’s the beginning of what promises to be a bold new voice in the crime genre. Three strong elements make it a clear winner: a couple of wonderfully flawed protagonists; a lot of sizzling sexual tension; and a plot with the kind of suspense and pacing that readers absolutely love. Hungry for a good read? This book satisfies!”

–William Kent Krueger, New York Times bestselling author of the Cork O’Connor novels

“Arvo Thorson is an ex-smoker and current drunk with a weakness for blondes, and he’s about to have a heart attack. My kind of detective… washed up and on the case. Readers are going to like this guy.”

–Steve Thayer, New York Times bestselling author of The Weatherman, Silent Snow, and The Wheat Field

Washed Up is rich with suspense, poetic descriptions, and fully-fleshed, sympathetic characters. Susan Koefod is a writer to watch!”

–Jess Lourey, author of the Lefty-nominated Murder-by-Month Mysteries


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