Saturday, March 24, 2012

March Madness For March 23rd Welcomes Author Jeff Lee!

MARCH MADNESS day 23 Welcomes Author Jeff Lee

Jeff Lee’s Bio:

Born in New York State, Jeff Lee was raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and has spent his entire writing career in Los Angeles.

For more than thirty years he has been a copywriter and creative director for some of the advertising industry’s most recognizable agencies, winning numerous awards for his creativity. None of those ad agencies are still in business, but Jeff appears to have an alibi.

Trained as a cook in the Army, he still enjoys being creative in the kitchen and admits that few things in life compare with the thrill of discovering you have just given a nasty case of food poisoning to 140 heavily armed men.

Jeff lives about halfway between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, in a house he shares with his two sons and a cat that’s part golden retriever.

It should have been an easy, Hollywood kind of case for Fish--just find some wanna-be starlet's lost Lhasa Apso. But before anyone can say, “three-picture deal,” her cut-rate jeweler boyfriend is murdered and now the killer wants to shoot Fish—and not in Technicolor.

Moe "Fish" Fishbein is a wisecracking bounty hunter, attorney and repo man with a ton of tattoos, a Buddha-licious grin and an old school Harley chopper. He's the "go-to" guy for show business A-listers with runaway spouses and missing Bentleys, and agents whose celebrity clients have jumped bail. A desperate jeweler hires him to locate his trophy girlfriend's missing lap dog, but forgets to mention the fortune in stolen diamonds he super-glued into the dog's collar for safe keeping.

The next thing Fish knows, his client gets whacked and now he's in the sights of a psychotic hit man who wears black Armani and talks like Marilyn Monroe. The gunman works for a corrupt attorney who wants the stones for himself. And before Fish can do the right thing and track down his client’s murderer, the hit man pops the girlfriend. Then he kidnaps Fish’s associate and offers to swap him for the collar.

Now it’s up to Fish to find the pooch, rescue his buddy, and stop the bodies from piling up faster than an old Chuck Norris flick.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Rip-Roaring Fun and Funny Ride
Dana Brantley-Sieders , author, Waking the Dead in Music City 
This review is from: Hair of the Dog (Kindle Edition)

I am a big fan of Jeff Lee!

After reading (and loving) his first book, "The Ladies Temperance Club's Farewell Tour," Jeff was kind enough to share an Advance Reader Copy of 'Hair of the Dog' with me.

Blending humor with a healthy dose of noir is no easy feat, but Jeff pulls it off beautifully as his lawyer-turned-bounty-hunter/repo man Moe 'Fish' Fishbein and his wacky sidekicks work a missing dog case. Things get ugly, and deadly, when they realize Poochie is sporting a collar chock full of stolen diamonds. With an ambitious starlet, sleazebag lawyer, and sleazebag lawyer's seriously bad-ass (save for the girlie voice) henchman after the stones, Fish and the boys quickly find themselves in over their heads.

Things get even uglier when the bad-ass henchman kidnaps one of Fish's sidekicks in order to get the diamonds.

The plot is fast paced and full of Jeff's trademark wit and satire. With larger-than-life characters reminiscent of those created by Carl Hiaasen and the Coen Brothers (think 'The Big Lebowski'), it was a fresh and entertaining read.

Definitely recommend it!

5.0 out of 5 stars Quirky Like Christopher Moore
This review is from: Hair of the Dog (Kindle Edition)

I was lucky enough to get an advanced reader copy of my writing friend Jeff Lee's new book "Hair of the Dog" since I loved his first book "The Ladies Temperance Club's Farewell Tour" (which I actually had to purchase myself. Darn you Jeff!). While I thought Farewell Tour was funny and showcased Lee's wit and unique, quirky voice, I would have to say that "Hair of the Dog" does so even more. "Hair of the Dog borders" on the ridiculous at times, but in a way that tickles your sense of humour and makes you want to read on.

The novel is set in Hollywood and centers around stolen diamonds set in a dog's collar (in order to hide them). However, they aren't quite as hidden as the original thief believes and soon there is a mad scramble for the diamonds. In the midst of it all this is bounty hunter and repossession specialist, Fish. And every time he turns around he's either being hired, fired, or mourning yet another client in the circle of people trying to get their hands on the diamonds. As the circle around the diamonds cinches tighter, Fish and his partners have to find a way to not only get the gems in the right hands, but to save their skin. In some cases, quite literally…A good book for anyone wanting a goofy, quirky, actionish sort-of mystery.

I hope you enjoy Jeff's book as much as I did. (And I'm not just saying that because I know the guy.)

Please remember you MUST leave a comment on this post to have a chance at winning this book!
PLUS...Join this blog and be in the running to win not one but TWO books written by your host Soooz Burke under her pen name of Stacey Danson.."Empty Chairs" and "Faint Echoes of Laughter"

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  1. A very funny book from a most excellent writer!

  2. Soooz - THANK YOU! You are way too cool. And Sessha, thanks for the nice words.

  3. Very cool honey..muah

    1. Hi, A. Nonymous -

      Awww, thanks, International Woman of Mystery. MUU-WAH!

  4. I very much liked the 'Ladies' Temperance Club.' And even better, I liked the story of Jeff as the army cook, who gave food poisoning to 140 heavily armed men.
    It's apparent he survived, luckily.

  5. I would love to make Jeff Lee one of my new authors! How do I enter, or am I doing it now?

  6. Jeff Lee is a very funny writer – what more can I say? – Except that I love funny writers!

  7. Thank you, everybody. You are all way too cool for school.

  8. are entered. The prize will be drawn in around 4 hours time.
    Good luck everyone.

  9. Thanks all for participating.

    Names in hat .... and...
    Wow...hey, Donna, you won! if you can send me your email address we'll get your e/copy of "Hair of The Dog" to you.

    Send it in a private message on FB to Suzannah Burke
    or email it to me at


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