New Release Books by Daniel Dundon

Daniel Dundon is the author of Hard Coal Lessons (2021), Pete's Promise (2012), Diamond Ridge (2016), Exposed (2009), Lassiter Hill (2008) and other 2 books.

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Hard Coal Lessons

release date: Jan 26, 2021
Hard Coal Lessons
Hard Coal Lessons illustrates how one Pennsylvania family is affected by the mining of anthracite coal over a sixty-year period between 1903 and 1963. It paints a story of an incredibly volatile era characterized by violent strikes, abominable working conditions and extreme wealth disparity. How one Scranton family copes with these issues while combatting endemic greed and pervasive corruption mirrors the struggles of many families of the region. The lessons learned by this family as they struggle to overcome these destructive forces come at a tragic price.

Pete's Promise

release date: Oct 01, 2012
Pete's Promise
A relaxing day on Florida's St. Johns River becomes a turning point in the life of Thad Duncan, a prominent Jacksonville attorney engaged in high profile litigation against a giant tobacco company. His legal prowess doesn't prepare him for the unexpected turn his life takes after a boating mishap. He finds himself an involuntary subject in a macabre experiment in which he confronts the promise of his death. The experiment tests his beliefs in a way few have been tested. Pete's Promise is a mystery with a murder but not your typical murder mystery. Illustrating the fragility of life and the enduring quality of love, Pete's Promise is part romance and part thriller prompting readers to consider what they will do tomorrow and the day after.

Diamond Ridge

release date: Aug 30, 2016
Diamond Ridge
Rad Roberts, with the Iowa Attorney General's Office, is asked to monitor an escalating situation in which the FBI has dispatched dozens of agents to surround a cabin in the small Northeast Iowa community of Decorah as they attempt to arrest avowed survivalist Reggie Wade. The Imperial Nation, a white supremacist organization, adopts Wade as a symbol of resistance to federal domination generating nationwide publicity about the standoff. The situation intensifies when a kidnapping and an act of terrorism catapults Roberts into a desperate investigation unraveling a secret web of deception running all the way to the highest levels of the FBI. Inspired in part by a true story, Diamond Ridge explores the uneasy balance between individual rights and national security while shedding light on the dangers of unchecked law enforcement power and ruthless hate groups.

Exposed

release date: Oct 01, 2009
Exposed
When Rad Roberts, an aspiring criminal lawyer with the Iowa Attorney Generals Office, accepts an assignment to investigate a bizarre murder case, he has no idea how much of his personal life will be exposed as he uncovers a major criminal conspiracy. The murder mystery written by former journalist Daniel Dundon, takes Roberts from an Iowa pig farm to a Florida nudist resort and back to a Dubuque cathedral. In the process, he experiences a new lifestyle and a new romance, both with have serious repercussions for his marriage. While he struggles with these personal issues, Roberts uncovers a financial conspiracy at the highest levels of the Dubuque Archdiocese. The revelations of criminal activity by high-ranking church officials rock this blue-collar Mississippi River community and set in motion a dramatic courtroom confrontation. Representatives of the church and the state become entangled in an epic legal battle that will change this community forever. Exposed, which was a semi-finalist in the 2009 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award competition, examines some of societys peculiar sexual and moral inhibitions while taking readers on a sometimes funny and sometimes touching journey through the often-conflicting emotions of love, loneliness and lust. Dundons first novel, Lassiter Hill, which is inspired by an actual Iowa murder case, was published in 2008. For more information on books by Daniel Dundon go to www.dundonbooks.com

Lassiter Hill

release date: Oct 01, 2008
Lassiter Hill
Lassiter Hill chronicles the lives of two brothers competing with one another for everything, including the love of the same woman. Their private conflicts become public following a horrific murder that tears apart their small farming community. The bodies of two small children and their parents are discovered murdered in their beds, the day after Halloween. Evidence of a satanic cult is discovered at the murder scene, prompting the town residents to suspect immigrant workers at a nearby packing plant. A rookie prosecutor who attempts to unravel the murder mystery is handicapped by an incompetent sheriff and the towns suspicions of newcomers from a different cultural background. The forces culminate in a dramatic murder trial that garners statewide attention, pitting the prosecutor and his circumstantial evidence against the towns power elite and their preconceived attitudes.

The Shanghai Madonna

release date: Jul 01, 2010
The Shanghai Madonna
"The Shanghai Madonna" is a story on two levels. It is a romance inspired by a true story and a work of historical fiction reflecting decades of Chinese exploitation by foreign nations. Set primarily in China between 1930 and 1949, readers follow the lives of a stubborn Italian marine and a resourceful Russian exile who fall love amid war, economic upheaval and ethnic tension. When the two lovers in this improbable romance are separated, they struggle for survival amid ruthless Japanese aggression followed by a violent Communist revolution. Unwittingly they become central characters in an international incident pitting the United States against the Chinese Communist government bringing both countries to the brink of war. "The Shanghai Madonna," which won first place in the 2009 Florida Writers Association competition for historical fiction, is a graphic reminder of the turbulent history that shaped the China of today. For other books by Daniel Dundon go to www.dundonbooks.com

The Angel and the Armadillo

release date: Jul 02, 2018
The Angel and the Armadillo
A fatal cave-in, a gruesome family murder and a tragic FBI standoff are among the stories told by journalist Daniel Dundon in his memoir. His personal and professional lives are explored beginning with his early years in the coal-mining town of Scranton, Pa. The narrative then details the author's college journalism experiences during the tumultuous '70s followed by reporting positions in Ohio and Iowa. In reviewing his journalism career, the author gives the reader a first person account of some of the stories he covered including murder cases, official misconduct and his role in a major FBI investigation that captures national attention. Leaving journalism behind after 20 years, the author enters the world of public relations handling media relations at a public university in Florida. For the first time he encounters media from a different viewpoint as he handles several controversial issues.On a parallel track, the author describes his personal life and challenges including helping Margo, his wife of 36 years, battle an aggressive form of cancer.Although his wife's battle is ultimately unsuccessful, the author manages to find a new life and a new love after this devastating loss.
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