Mark S. Bacon's Latest Mystery DESERT KILL SWITCH to Hit Shelves This Weekend

Mark S. Bacon's Latest Mystery DESERT KILL SWITCH to Hit Shelves This Weekend

Desert Kill Switch, the latest mystery by Mark S. Bacon, will be released nationwide on September 30, 2017. Published by Black Opal Books, Desert Kill Switch will be available in trade paper (ISBN: 978-1-626947-19-1, 370 pages, $16.99) and eBook ($3.99) editions.

Celebrated novelist Bacon delivers a tight, tense and twisty tale in Desert Kill Switch. Set against the backdrop of Nostalgia City, an Arizona retro theme park that recreates, in meticulous detail, an entire small town from the 1970s, Desert Kill Switch features stressed-out ex-cop Lyle Deming.

Deming, a cab driver for Nostalgia City, finds himself in strange circumstances when he discovers a bullet-riddled body next to a mint-condition '70s vintage Pontiac Firebird on an empty desert road. Stranger still, when Lyle returns to the scene with sheriff's deputies, the car is gone-and so is the body. Could this somehow be tied to Nostalgia City?

Nostalgia City VP Kate Sorensen, a former college basketball star, is in Nevada on park business when she gets mixed up with Al Busick, a sleazy Vegas auto dealer who puts hidden "kill switches" in cars he sells. Miss your payment by a few days-and your car dies. But when Busick is murdered and Kate becomes the prime suspect, Lyle arrives to help his tall, blonde, not-quite-girlfriend. As they plow through a twisted tangle of suspects and motives, Lyle and Kate soon realize that the best way to clear Kate's name is to find out who killed Busick.

Turns out there were a number of people who might've wanted Busick dead. But when a video implicating Kate appears, along with a ransom demand, things take a deadly serious turn. Blackmail, murder, and a lengthy list of potential killers: hardly a wholesome or inviting image for Nostalgia City.

As the tension ratchets up, Kate and Lyle find themselves in increasing danger. Against a ticking clock and scorching desert heat, Lyle and Kate launch a pulse-quickening quest to clear Kate's name, find the dead body, and figure out how a million-dollar antique Italian sports car fits in this deadly game. But time is running out-and it's all fun and games...till someone loses his life.

Fresh, fun, fast and fascinating, Desert Kill Switch takes readers on a wild ride. With its colorful cast of characters, rich nostalgic detail, and to-die-for theme park setting, Desert Kill Switch is a clever, compelling, captivating mystery. A rollicking read that rips through the Nevada desert in the middle of August, Desert Kill Switch has it all: pulse-pounding suspense, sizzling action, vintage cars, and more twists and turns than a roller coaster. Resplendent with high octane thrills, Desert Kill Switch brings full-throttle suspense from page one.

Mark Bacon began his career as a newspaper reporter in Southern California covering crime and city beats. As a writer, his work has appeared on television and in radio, magazines, newspapers, websites and fiction and nonfiction books. He and his wife, Anne, live in Reno with their golden retriever, Willow. Bacon is also the author of Death in Nostalgia City. Visit him online at

Founded in 2010, Black Opal Books is a traditional publisher of an eclectic mix of titles. Black Opal Books ( is based in the Pacific Northwest.

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