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And Now I'm Found
by Dee C. Christensen
Disgusted with politics, disenchanted with formalities, and dismissed by the opposite sex, Con Allsop is not your average detective. The witty, cynical forty-something (who writes children’s books on the side) takes the reader through his daily rants and routines as a self-employed professional “finder,” inviting them along on his constant quest for adventure and his failed attempts at luck in love. Self-deprecating and a bit crude, yet surprisingly charming and tenderhearted, the former Army officer’s name is dropped by an old friend who works at the Governor’s Office. The governor of Florida has a mission for him—one that is sure to interrupt his now quiet life.
Con takes the job, knowing that it could run him deep—he hopes not six feet. His assignment is to dig up dirt on a flip-flopping senator who has been running out-of-character ads advocating for environmental preservation of the sugar-industry-occupied Everglades. The senator’s political enemies know that the big-business supporter could care less about the environment, and now it’s Con’s job to find out who’s backing the ads, and why.
Con and his unlikely partners try to track down answers without getting tangled in a web of corrupt politicians and their thugs. Things get personal when two women in Con’s life become caught in the crosshairs of deadly threats from people who don’t want to be “found.” With their lives on the line, he has to ask himself how far he’s willing to go to bring it all to an end.
Rich in detail and warm with Southern charm, And Now I’m Found delivers suspense, unexpected comic relief, and vivid, unforgettable characters. Christensen weaves riveting dialogue and witty social critique with surprising twists, providing an intimate look at political corruption at the state level.
About the Author
Dee C. Christensen is a soldier’s son who became a soldier. Divorced twice, he found first love again, simultaneously falling head first into crime, punishment, and compassion. As a state probation officer, he supervised the blameless, often the criminal, and rarely the forsaken. He’s experienced more than some, done a lot less than a few, and like all of us, he’s still finding his way.
(2014, Paperback, 230 pages)