Fifth CW McCoy book launches

Did CW McCoy’s father kill her mother and brother and nearly take her life? The question has haunted the former detective for nearly thirty years. When friend and mentor Walter Bishop discovers that police have arrested a suspect, CW reluctantly revisits her roots to uncover the hard truth about her family—no matter the cost.

Confronted by hostile sources and a city ravaged by a string of arsons, CW questions everything she’s come to believe about that night. Did her father commit the crime, or was he framed? Did he disappear, or was he murdered? And what about her own history with conflict? Does the family’s violent streak run in her veins, too?

In her fifth outing (after Permanent Vacation), CW rushes headlong into her most troubling case, one that will change her life forever. With Burning Man, she faces the greatest challenge of all—coming to terms with a past that continues to blaze.

Burning Man is available through bookstores and online at Amazon, Apple Books, Barnes & Noble and Kobo.

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Jeff Widmer is the author of the CW McCoy and the Brinker series of crime novels, as well as Born Under a Bad Sign, a novel of the Woodstock era, and several works of nonfiction.

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Praise for Jeff Widmer

CW is a great character. Widmer easily brings the town of Spanish Point and its colorful cast of characters to life. An entertaining mystery romp.

Kirkus Reviews

A writer who knows how to put the reader in the action is a rare thing. Jeff Widmer does it with every character and every scene.

— Anna Schmidt, The Peacemakers

Jeff Widmer takes you on a wild ride in the murderous tour bus in a uniquely dark and twisted story that touches on euthanasia, addiction, greed, sex, and more. And then there’s Brinker. . . .

— Louise Machinist, My House Our House

Reading Jeff Widmer’s novels is like gliding on Hans Brinker’s silver skates—the writing is smooth and sharp, with a cutting edge throughout.

— Screenwriter Michael Downend

‘Peak Season’ launches new mystery series

For the heroine of Peak Season, life at the beach is murder. The first in the CW McCoy series, the crime novel debuted in July on Amazon and Smashwords in both e-book and paperback formats.

Written by Jeff Widmer, the book features detective-turned-real-estate-agent CW McCoy, a woman who surrendered her gun, her badge and her confidence after shooting a fellow police officer. She flees the Northeast for sunny Florida but even in paradise during peak tourist season, violence finds her like a divining rod.

Peak Season 3D coverWhen a fugitive kidnaps her family, the former detective must decide which side of the law she’s on.

“Writing from a woman’s point of view has proven challenging and rewarding,” Widmer said. “CW has a strong sense of justice as well as a soft spot for motorcycles, underdogs and country music, all things we have in common. It seems a natural fit.”

While McCoy hales from Northeastern Pennsylvania, the novel takes place in the fictional city of Spanish Point, a wealthy tourist mecca located between Tampa and Naples on Florida’s Gulf Coast.

Widmer said fans of Sara Paretsky, Robert B. Parker, Jennifer Crusie (Agnes and the Hitman) and Chelsea Cain (One Kick) should enjoy the book.

Widmer is the author of several works of nonfiction, including the Spirit of Swiftwater and the forthcoming story of the Sarasota Police Department’s Citizen Academy, Riding with the Blues. He has contributed to national publications such as National Geographic World, US Airways and Advertising Age as well as Sarasota’s Herald-Tribune, SRQ Daily and BIZ 941. A former city editor for the Pocono Record in Stroudsburg, Pa., he worked as a public relations professional in the Lehigh Valley, Pa. His blog about commerce and culture appears regularly at jeffwidmer.com.