Political Dirty Trick

A Crystal Moore Suspense, Book #3

In this Crystal Moore suspense. book number 3, Crystal's friend Ron Drake is running for the office of governor of Texas.  He appears to be a shoo-in winner.  Some members of the opposition campaign decide the only thing that can save their candidate is some political dirty trick.  When they cannot find any dirt on Ron, they decide on a plan that will bring him a great deal of bad publicity.

Things go terribly awry and a man is killed. From there, things only go downhill. Drake is accused of the man's death and more. His numbers plummet. Crystal comes in to help her friend combat the bad publicity that is being leaked from the D.A.'s office.  Quickly, she becomes a target. Someone means to end Crystal's life. On election day, Drake gets fewer votes than his opponent.

But, it isn't over yet, and the attacks on Crystal get more intense. Who will be the next governor? And will Crystal be alive to see who the new governor is?


“Powerful in its characterization, plot & narrative interactions, Political Dirty Trick is the item of choice for thriller readers.” Midwest Book Review senior editor.

"Reads like a fast-paced James Patterson cliffhanger"  William Doonan, Amazon review.

"This book is the perfect read for any suspense lover and keeps the readers hooked till the last page.  ... The author created memorable characters with a tendency to linger in the grey area. Many of these characters said things that the reader will find himself remembering for a long time."   Review from the

"It reads like a fast-paced James Patterson cliffhanger"   Author William Doonan

"This group of characters gets stronger with each book in this series." Amazon Customer, Adele Weitz

"Political Dirty Trick has it all - mystery, murder, political scandal and suspense, with a unique cast of characters." Amazon review by Patricia Gligor

"With the backdrop of a bare-knuckled election campaign, Political Dirty Trick is relentlessly intriguing and satisfies right up to the memorable climax." Amazon reviewer  Michael P. Hartnett 

"Great book, great series... I guess this series made me understand what a Cozy Mystery really means." Amazon review by Irene J.

"The story starts fast and builds quickly and takes unexpected turns."  Amazon review by Debbie Kilduff

"As usual, Callan has written a clever, suspenseful, and thought provoking book." mazon review by Fredsuz

"The story was unique and interesting. The characters were rich." Amazon review

"Great character, a suspenseful plot and lots of twists and turns will keep you intrigued until the very end. " Amazon review by Patty Beyer

"I downloaded the book thinking I would read it later and the next thing I knew a few hours had flown by and I had finished it! It is crisply written."  Amazon Review by Gustav A. Fingado IV

"Wonderfully written and difficult to put down. This was my favorite of all the James Callan books. I love the development of the characters, the twists and surprises in this fun read ." Marilyn L

"Great read, exciting and action packed" Amazon review by JADAS


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About James R Callan

After a successful career in mathematics and computer science, receiving grants from the National Science Foundation and NASA, and being listed in Who’s Who in Computer Science and Two Thousand Notable Americans, James R. Callan turned to his first love—writing.  He has had four non-fiction books published.  He now concentrates on his favorite genre, mystery/suspense/thriller. His twelfth book released in May, 2018. In addition, he speaks at conferences and gives workshops on various writing topics such as character development, dialog, audiobooks, plotting, and the mystery/suspense/thriller genre.


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