To Hell With Johnny Manic

Before the day was out, I signed the lease for the apartment on Main Street. The wiser part of me knew I should have left. But knowing what's right and doing what's right are two different things, especially when you're at war with instincts you can't articulate and don't understand.

I understand it all now. I can articulate it very clearly. Tom Gantry wanted to kill John Manis once and for all. Or John Manis wanted to kill Tom Gantry. I was so mixed up about who I was, it didn't matter who killed whom. The important thing was that in the grocery store that morning, Johnny Manic and the raven-haired Marilyn Dupree had found each other.

The fuse was lit.

John Manis, aka "Johnny Manic"—charming, stylish, impulsive, and reckless—is racked with guilt over the secret he doesn't dare tell. Marilyn Dupree, passionate and volatile, has too much money and the wrong husband. Johnny and Marilyn have a chemistry like nitrogen and glycerine, and that makes Detective Lou Eisenfall very uneasy.

A twisting tale of deception, murder, and psychological suspense that barrels along at breakneck pace, Johnny Manic is a throwback to the classic crime fiction of Raymond Chandler, Jim Thompson, Dorothy Hughes, and Patricia Highsmith.


Coming in 2019.

Gate 76

A mysterious woman fleeing an unknown terror boards the wrong plane at San Francisco International and disappears into the heart of the country. Freddy Ferguson, a troubled detective with a violent past, believes she's the last living witness to a crime that has captivated the nation.

Sifting through the wreckage of her past, he begins to understand who she's running from, and why. Now he must track her down before her pursuers can silence her for good.

A modern crime thriller with elements of Raymond Chandler and the classic pulp novels of the 1950's, this character study wrapped in a tale of crime and redemption was named to Kirkus Reviews' Best Books of 2018.

A consummate thriller with some of the best characterization you'll see all year. -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review and a best of 2018 indie book)

One of the year's best thrillers. --

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After four years on the straight and narrow, Russell Fitzpatrick has a boring job, the wrong woman, and an itch for something more. All he needs to get his life going again is a nudge in the wrong direction.

When he receives a cryptic email from a legendary and slightly deranged fellow hacker--his old friend, Charlie, whom he knows to be dead--he tries to tell himself it's none of his concern. But the guy who stalks him across town at night, the two thugs waiting in the alley, and a ruthless FBI agent let him know his days are numbered if he doesn't turn over the money Charlie stole.

The problem is, Russ doesn't have it. As his enemies close in from all sides, Russ slowly unwinds the inner workings of his old friend's paranoid mind and finds that Charlie left behind something worth much more than the money. And no one but him is onto it...

[Diamond] gets all the little things right, as well as the big ones, in this riveting novel...A convincing, complex cyberthriller. - Kirkus Reviews

  • Gold Medal Winner - 2017 Readers' Favorite Awards
  • First Place Winner - Genre Fiction - 24th Annual Writer's Digest Awards
  • An IndieReader Best of 2016 Selection
  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month - Sept. 2016 - Mystery/Thriller
  • A Kirkus Recommended Review - September 2016
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Warren Lane

Susan Moore is about to hire the wrong man to investigate her philandering husband, Will. There's something not quite right about that detective, but he's all she has at the moment.

"Warren Lane" drinks too much and has a hard time staying out of trouble. He's just the kind of guy Will's mistress can't resist. And everyone is starting to figure out that Will is hiding a lot more than his affair with a reckless young woman.

"A quirky, intriguing and wholly original read." -- Readers' Favorite

"This book is for fans of Elmore Leonard stories and Coen Brother's movies... Grab a copy if you are looking for a fun read from a new author." --

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