SIGNS OF LIFE

Dennis Jung – author

 

Dear Readers: My latest novel SIGNS OF LIFE has just been released and is available in soft cover and Ebook from Amazon. I do have some copies available for my local readers if you wish to contact me. It is also available at the OpCit Book Store in Santa Fe. As always, I welcome feedback via email or my blog. Reviews on the Amazon site are also greatly appreciated.

 

Two strangers, a man and a woman, become acquainted over drinks in a bar, an encounter that ends in a tryst with unintended and tragic consequences. So begins SIGNS OF LIFE, a tale of the cost of one’s past and the price one is willing to pay for the future. Harlan Quist, the cashiered ATF agent from my novel, JACK OF ALL TRADES, becomes involved in a search for a young woman who was abducted as a child. What follows is the story of a mother’s willingness to sacrifice everything to recover her bond with a child whom she no longer knows; all set against a backdrop of human trafficking and drug cartel violence. Their search leads them from Fiesta in Santa Fe and the symbolic burning of Old Man Gloom to the shadowy underbelly of the cobble-stoned streets of the tourist mecca of San Miguel de Allende, and finally to Oaxaca during the celebration of the Day of the Dead.An excerpt is available on this site.

 

My fourth novel, THE LANGUAGE OF THE DEAD was selected as a finalist in the 2016 New Mexico – Arizona Book Awards. It was the third installment in a trilogy featuring the character of Harper Harris. First chapters of all of my stories may be found in the Sampler section. You may also read more about my stories in my author’s notes in the BOOKS section.

 

My first novel, STILL LIFE IN A RED DRESS, was selected as a finalist in the New Mexico-Arizona Book Award in the Adventure/Drama category. This novel also won First Place in the Mystery/Suspense category in the 2011 Southwest Writers Workshop Annual Awards.  There was a nice mention of my novel on my publisher’s blog site  that I have included in my blog.

 

I became interested in writing novels after receiving encouragement from friends who read my letters relating my travels in Asia and the Pacific. My use of visual imagery and my strong sense of place are what make my novels as much an escape to a geographical location as the mental landscape of my characters. Tapping into my background in anthropology, I weave into my stories a sense of the mythical and the universal in the human experience – the drama and the conflicts that consume us all, regardless of culture.

 

For some additional insight into my writing, I encourage you to go to my blog page and read my short essay THE ART OF THE LIE.  My novels appeal to readers who enjoy an escape to a world outside their experience. My characters, many of them loosely based on actual people, are often complicated and flawed, and for that reason, they don’t fit neatly into ones expectations of their motives, actions, or the outcomes of my stories. I also like to weave into my stories threads of history, a certain philosophical viewpoint, and my own personal viewpoint of the human condition. What I hope to accomplish is to tell a good story. I hope you enjoy them.

 

The photo above is taken at Lake Atitlan, Guatemala.

 

My email is djung@cybermesa.com

 

 

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