It's a Noir Holiday. Join authors Ann Aptaker and Stefani Deoul, as well as host Elizabeth Andersen, for a frightfully festive tour through passion and crime in Gotham. Synopses of the three novels in the Cantor Gold crime series follow the panelist bios.
Here are your three panelists:
Lambda and Goldie winner ANN APTAKER isn’t shy about telling you how much she loves her hometown, New York City. She swears she even feels its history; all those triumphs and tragedies of the famous and the forgotten. She’s now old enough to be part of that history, which she likes, except for the “old” part, which she’s iffy about. Ann is happy to bring you into that history in her Cantor Gold crime series.
Television producer and writer STEFANI DEOUL is the author of the newly published young adult, mystery novel, On A LARP, the first book in the Sid Rubin Silicon Alley Adventures and the award-winning novel The Carousel.
Stefani’s day job is producing and exec’ing television and film including the series Haven, Dead Zone, Dresden Files and Missing. Along with producing the five seasons of Haven, based on the Stephen King story The Colorado Kid, Stefani finally succumbed to the allure of acting, “starring” as the off-camera, and uncredited, radio dispatcher, Laverne. When not filming, she calls Sarasota, Florida home.
Host ELIZABETH ANDERSEN has two degrees in English literature, has taught English composition, and is a copy editor. Newly retired from full-time work, she is an editor for Bywater Books. This year she attended Saints and Sinners, the Publishing Triangle Awards, the Golden Crown Literary convention, and Women's Week in Provincetown. An eclectic reader of many genres, she hosts the Sandra Moran Alphabet Soup Radio Book Club every second Saturday of The Tenth Voice on KKFI 90.1 FM.
She lives in Roeland Park, Kansas.
CRIMINAL GOLD: Midnight, New York Harbor, 1949. Cantor Gold, dapper dyke-about-town, smuggler of fine art, waits in her boat under the Brooklyn Bridge for racketeer Gregory Ortine. In the shadow of the bridge, he'll toss Cantor a satchel of cash, and she'll toss him a pouch containing a priceless jewel. But the plan, and the jewel, sink when a woman in a red sequined dress drops from the bridge and slams onto Cantor's boat. She is Opal Shaw, Society Page darling and fiancée of murder-for-hire kingpin Sig Loreale. Through a night of danger, desire, and double-cross, Cantor must satisfy Loreale's vengeance, stay ahead of an angry Ortine, and untangle the knots of murder tightening around Opal's best friend and keeper of her dirty secrets, Celeste Copley, a seductress who excites Cantor's passion but snares her in a labyrinth of lies.
The lies explode in a collision of love, loyalty, lust"...and death.
TARNISHED GOLD: New York City, 1950. Cantor Gold, art smuggler and dapper dyke-about-town, hunts for a missing masterpiece she's risked her life to bring through the port of New York. She must outsmart the Law that wants to jail her; outrun the dockside gangsters who would let her take the fall for murder; and outplay a shady art dealer, his lover, and a beautiful curator who toys with Cantor's passion. Through it all, Cantor must stay out of the gunsights of a killer who's knocking off rivals for the missing masterpiece—and stay alive to solve the mystery of her stolen love: Sophie de la Luna y Sol. GENUINE GOLD: New York, 1952. From the shadowy docks of Athens, Greece, to the elegance of a Fifth Avenue penthouse, to the neon glare of Coney Island, art smuggler Cantor Gold must track down an ancient artifact, elude thugs and killers, protect a beautiful woman who caters to Cantor’s deepest desires, and confront the honky-tonk past which formed her.
Memories, murder, passion, and the terrible longing for her stolen love tangle in Cantor’s soul, threatening to tear her apart.
Can’t wait. Thanks,and Stefani, for sharing a walk on the wild side with me.