Samantha Jayne Allen in conversation with Matt Nixon - Net of Kin Book Launch Party

Samantha Jayne Allen in conversation with Matt Nixon  - Net of Kin Book Launch Party

Saturday, Apr 27, 2024 3:00 PM

A Cappella Books
208 Haralson Avenue, NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30307

From Tony Hillerman Prize-winning author Samantha Jayne Allen comes "Next of Kin," a mesmerizing novel set in a hardscrabble Texas town, where the past is never far away.

A Cappella Books is delighted to welcome author (and beloved former colleague) Samantha Jayne Allen to celebrate her highly-anticipated third installment of the Annie McIntyre Mysteries, "Next of Kin." The author will appear in conversation with our very own Matt Nixon, weekend bookseller and leader of our most popular fiction book clubs, Good Lit and Never Judge a Book.

This event is free and open to the public, and we'll have refreshments on our back patio! Copies of "Next of Kin" will be available for purchase.

About the Book

At a gathering for her cousin's wedding party, newly-licensed PI Annie McIntyre gets asked an age-old question: what really makes us who we are, nature or nurture? Clint Marshall, an up-and-coming musician and an adoptee at a personal crossroads, wants to hire Annie to find his biological parents, and that question is on his mind. Annie accepts his case, not knowing then that she, too, must decide if she believes what she tells him that night—in essence, that people are in charge of their destinies. That people can change.

When Annie discovers her client's father is a bank robber whom her granddad, Leroy, arrested back when he was sheriff, reverberations sound between the past and the present, igniting old flames and rivalries. When the brother of her client dies suddenly, his death ruled a suicide, Annie questions whether or not it was in fact homicide—and who in this family of outlaws would rather some secrets stay buried.

As Annie sets out to find who killed the brother—and stays out of sight lest she be next—she finds herself searching abandoned, overgrown fields, scouring pool halls and roadside motels, wondering if she will ever escape the sense that her world in Garnett, TX expands and contracts in off-kilter ways, growing smaller and yet still more confounding. Fearing that in a place where everyone knows everyone, your enemy is always closer than you think.

About the Author

Samantha Jayne Allen is the author of the Annie McIntyre Mysteries. She has an MFA in fiction from Texas State University, and her writing has been published in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, The Common, and Electric Literature. Raised in small towns in Texas and California, she now lives with her husband and daughter in Atlanta.