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Collecting Clues with Rachel Howzell Hall

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The hard working team behind the Raven Award-winning Men of Mystery annual author festival and Creating Conversations have teamed up to bring readers a series of virtual events with a mystery and suspense focus, "Collecting Clues."

We are delighted to host Los Angeles author Rachel Howzell Hall in conversation with Neal Griffin on Friday, October 2, discussing And Now She's Gone. Publishers Weekly's starred review: "Newbie L.A. PI Gray Sykes, the 39-year-old heroine of this smart, razor-sharp novel from Thriller Award finalist Hall (They All Fall Down), reluctantly accepts her first independent assignment from her boss, Nick Rader, a friend of hers since she was 15 and on whom she now has a crush: to locate physician Ian O’Donnell’s missing girlfriend, Isabel Lincoln, who may not want to be found. As Gray searches for Isabel, she discovers that self-professed nice guy Ian abused Isabel, and that Isabel even attempted suicide, revelations that resonate with Gray, who was abused as a child growing up in the foster care system. Then Isabel herself starts to text Gray, who eight years earlier went under another name, to tell her to stop investigating, and it becomes clear that Isabel’s own strange history mirrors Gray’s in the way Isabel has shifted identities. A final plot twist puts Gray’s life in peril just as she’s getting closer to Nick. Full of wry, dark humor, this nuanced tale of two extraordinary women is un-put-downable."

Creating Conversations will be taking orders for signed / inscribed first editions through Monday, October 5, at noon. 


Rachel Howzell Hall is a writer/assistant development director at City of Hope, a national leader in cancer research and treatment. Her first novel, A Quiet Storm, was a featured selection of Borders’ Original Voices program, as well as an alternate selection of the Black Expressions book club. She lives in Los Angeles. Rachel was one of the guests of honor at Left Coast Crime 2020 in San Diego.

Neal Griffin is the Los Angeles Times bestselling author of Benefit of the Doubt.  Griffin went into law enforcement, and is currently Criminal Investigations Division Commander in a small city in California. He is a graduate of the FBI's invitation-only National Academy training program and is a certified Master Instructor in law enforcement leadership and ethics. He was the Collecting Clues spotlight author when the series launched in July 2020.

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Event Date: 
Friday, October 2, 2020 - 6:00pm
Redondo Beach, CA 90278
And Now She's Gone: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250753175
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Published: Forge Books - September 22nd, 2020

“Sharp, witty and perfectly paced, And Now She’s Gone is one hell of a read!” —Wendy Walker, bestselling author of The Night Before

Isabel Lincoln is gone.

But is she missing?

It’s up to Grayson Sykes to find her. Although she is reluctant to track down a woman who may not want to be found, Gray’s search for Isabel Lincoln becomes more complicated and dangerous with every new revelation about the woman’s secrets and the truth she’s hidden from her friends and family.

Featuring two complicated women in a dangerous cat and mouse game, Rachel Howzell Hall's And Now She’s Gone explores the nature of secrets — and how violence and fear can lead you to abandon everything in order to survive.

They All Fall Down: A Thriller Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250224613
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Published: Forge Books - July 28th, 2020

The Burden of Truth Cover Image
ISBN: 9780765395627
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Published: Forge Books - July 14th, 2020