Dennis Jung – author

     Dear Readers: My seventh and latest novel THE ANGEL’S CHAIR has just been released and is available in soft cover directly from the BookBaby store (on line) or in Ebook from Amazon. Soft covers from Amazon may not be available until February or March. My previous novels are available from Amazon in both forms. I do have some copies of all my novels available for my local readers if you wish to contact me. As a note to my local readers, much of the action in this story takes place in the Galisteo area. I have included a short essay about the story under the Books Header. As always, I welcome feedback via email or my blog. Reviews on the Amazon site are also greatly appreciated.

     Two men and a woman who were once intimate friends are forced to revisit a tragic secret from forty-five years ago. One of the men is an Episcopal priest facing the end of his calling; the other, a man with a checkered past who has finally found his way; and the woman they both loved who is running from her past, seemingly without direction.

    Their paths reconnect when a Mexican investigative journalist  reopens their wound in an unlikely way. When the priest and the journalist are abducted at the direction of a prominent Mexican politician who is interested in the journalist’s damaging expose of his opponent, the priest’s two friends, long estranged by their remorse and own tangled history, reunite in an attempt to to rescue him.

    What follows is a suspenseful thriller, but also a story about the evolution of love and friendship between three individuals, and the cost of one’s past. Their secret takes them back four decades to a small farm in Mexico, then to present day Austin, a Turkish refugee camp, a bar in Oaxaca, and finally to an isolated ranch in northern New Mexico. THE ANGEL’S CHAIR  is at its heart a story of how a single act can color one’s life, and the price of redemption.

    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 take on writing fiction, 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.

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