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The Mysterious Gift: Polonaise – Diana Deverell

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Polonaise - Diana DeverellThe Mysterious Gift: Polonaise

Three days before Christmas, 2000, and FBI Special Agent Dawna Shepherd’s in Warsaw, bodyguarding a key female witness in the trial of ruthless but runty crime boss Mike the Midget. The Polish gangster wants his ex-girlfriend Basia dead before she can testify and ruin his holiday.

Dawna has to stay one step ahead of the local mafioski. She puts the six-foot-five inch two-hundred-and-thirty-pound Polish woman in Kevlar and size seventeen hightops and fakes a play to confuse the crooks. Can Dawna’s scheme work in a crazy adolescent country prone to bizarre klutziness?

Will Basia make it safely in and out of court? Or will the only thing under her Christmas tree be an extra-large coffin?

First published in 2000, “Polonaise” was Dawna’s second appearance in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine. Later adventures are collected in Run & Gun: A Dozen Tales of Girls with Guns. Dawna also plays a supporting role in Diana Deverell’s new political thriller, Bitch Out of Hell.

The Giver: Diana Deverell

A native Oregonian, Diana Deverell was a US Foreign Service Officer and served in Washington DC, San Salvador, and Warsaw, before she moved to rural Denmark to write fulltime. She debuted as a published writer in 1998 with 12 Drummers Drumming, her first Casey Collins International Thriller. The latest thriller in the series is China Box, detailing Casey’s return to action after self-imposed post-9/11 exile. The four-book series spans seventeen years in her career. A prequel to the series, No Place for an Honest Woman, introduces Casey when she first served at the US Embassy in Cold War Poland.

Diana’s latest project features Casey’s long-time friend, former Regional Security Officer Bella Hinton. Bella is the heroine of “Payback is a Bitch,” a short story that will appear in the May 2018 issue of themed anthology magazine FICTION RIVER – Pulse Pounders: Countdown, edited by Kevin J. Anderson. The story inspired Diana’s new political thriller, Bitch out of Hell.

Diana also writes the Nora Dockson Legal Thriller series, featuring a woman ex-con turned appeals lawyer. The first five books are Help Me Nora, Right the Wrong, Hear My Plea, Judge Me Not, and Open the Door. A sixth legal thriller will be released in 2018.

Diana’s published short fiction includes five stories starring FBI Special Agent Dawna Shepherd which are available as ebook short stories. Dawna’s early adventures are collected in Run & Gun: A Dozen Tales of Girls with Guns.

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