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New On My Shelf This Week

This week I am featuring a new author, whose debut novel is officially published on November 1st 2017.

On that date, I shall be featuring a short Q&A session with Todd Merer, as supplied by Thomas & Mercer, in conjunction with the lovely Claire from Little Bird Publicity; together with a slightly more in depth character analysis of Benn Bluestone, ‘The Extraditionist’.

I hope to have you stop by to be part of this event 🙂

THE EXTRADITIONIST‘ – (A Benn Bluestone Thriller – Book #1)

Cover Image Of 'The Extraditionist' By Todd MererWhen the world’s most notorious cartel bosses get arrested, they call Benn Bluestone.

A drug lawyer sharp enough to exploit loopholes in the system, Bluestone loves the money, the women, the action that come with his career…but working between the lines of justice and crime has taken its toll, and he desperately wants out.

He’s convinced himself that only an insanely rich client can guarantee him a lavish retirement.

When the New Year begins with three promising cases, Bluestone thinks he’s hit pay dirt. But then the cases link dangerously together—and to his own past.

Does the mysterious drug kingpin Sombra hold the key to Bluestone’s ambitions?

Or does the key open a door that could bring the entire federal justice system to a screeching halt and net Bluestone a life in jail without parole?

Clicking on the book’s title will link you with its dedicated Goodreads page


Image Of Author Todd Merer with credit to Luis Alicea CaldasTodd Merer is an honors graduate of New York University Law School.
During his 30 years as a criminal defense attorney Todd specialized in the defense of high-ranking cartel chiefs extradited to the United States. He gained acquittals in more than 150 trials, and has successfully negotiated nearly 1500 cases to sentences significantly lower than the original accusations.
His high-profile cases have featured prominently in the US media, and he often travels to consult with clients, both in Europe and Latin America.
A “proud son of Brooklyn,” Todd divides his time between New York City and ports of call along the old Spanish Main.
The Extraditionist is his first novel.
Photograph Credit To Luis Alicea Caldas

Picture of an English red post boxMailbox Monday is a gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house during the last week. Be warned that Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

Mailbox Monday now has a permanent home, where links may be added each week. So why not stop by, leave a link to your own Mailbox Monday post, oh! and don’t forget to leave a comment for our three new joint administrators, after all, we all like to receive them … Your Hosts for  ‘Mailbox Monday

Leslie of ‘Under My Apple Tree’

Serena of ‘Savvy Verse & Wit’

Martha of ‘Reviews By Martha’s Bookshelf’

This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… You never know where that next “must read” book will come from!

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I began blogging, when I realised just how many other people out there shared my passion for the written word and I have been continually amazed at the wealth of books that are available and the amount of great new friends I have made, from literally 'The Four Corners Of The World'.

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  • I wasn’t sure about this one at first, but reading on and seeing the author’s credentials… I might have to take a closer look at it. It’s not my usual fare, but certainly not outside my comfort zone.

    I look forward to the upcoming Q&A as well as any other promotional posts you might have planned.

    • Actually, I had pretty much the same thoughts as yourself about this book, although the author credentials might well have swung it the other way for me, as defending high-ranking cartel chiefs, doesn’t really sit too well with me! I am aiming to separarte the two issues when I actually read the book however, and treat ‘The Extraditionist’ for exactly what it is billed to be – a work of fiction.

      Thanks for stopping by and I hope that all is well with you during your holiday weekend 🙂

    • Hi Kathy,

      Reading the premise again, more carefully, I am wondering just how much of Benn Bluestone’s personality and character is his own and how much is Todd’s?

      Surely when you are writing a storyline which in so many ways mirrors your own, the lines must become a little blurred?

      Thanks for visiting this week, I always value your comments and I hope that you are enjoying your extended weekend 🙂

    • Hi Carol,

      I must admit that if I had been Todd, I might have mentioned in passing that I was an attorney, but I wouldn’t have gone into too much detail about my speciality. I would probably have re-invented a new online persona for myself as a debut novelist!

      All that notwithstanding, the book does sound like an intense piece of writing and I need to be in the correct frame of mind before I begin reading.

      Thanks for taking the time out to comment, I love receiving them 🙂

  • This sounds like an intense read and as if the author really knows what he is writing about, given his career as a a criminal defense attorney. Happy reading!

    • Hi Naida,

      It’s a definite fact that Todd will really know what he is writing about, given his long career as a defense attorney. I think that will apply equally to both the storyline and the character of Benn Bluestone, who might just have over-stretched himself in holding out for a lavish retirement, rather than taking what was on offer and walking away. But then that is all too often the case, don’t you think? a lucky winning streak can’t last for ever, no matter what it might be!

      Thanks for stopping by, it is always a joy to chat with you 🙂

    • It does indeed Mary Ann and it also sounds as though Benn is a very complicated character, who is really going to take some working out!

      Thanks for visiting, I always enjoy comment exchanges 🙂

    • Hi Elizabeth,

      I must admit that this premise is right on the fringes of any of my usual reading genres, however I need to find out if this is going to be a series worth keeping in touch with in the future.

      It wouldn’t do for us all to enjoy reading the same thing, there would be no room for discussion and debate then!

      I hope that you enjoyed your extended weekend and ‘Happy Reading’ for the rest of the week 🙂

    • Hi Martha,

      Benn does sound like quite a complicated character, although I’m not so sure that he is going to be particularly likeable, probably a bit too ruthless and too close to the edge of being on the side of the ‘bad guy’ for my liking!

      I hope that you had a good extended weekend and enjoy your reading in the coming week. Thanks for hosting MM 🙂

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