About the Author...
Joan Long is a third-generation Floridian who received a degree in English/Creative Writing from Florida State University. Her graduate degree, in Journalism and Communications, was earned at The University of Florida. She enjoys writing mysteries and suspense with warm weather settings. Previously, she wrote for universities, public television, healthcare corporations, a magazine, and more.
Joan’s short story “The Extra Ingredient” is published in the Anthony award-winning anthology Malice Domestic: Murder Most Edible. Find out more at https://joanlongbooks.com.
About the Book...
Five authors, each with their own secrets, are chosen to complete a deceased novelist’s unfinished manuscript. For single mom Risa Marr, the competition is the opportunity of a lifetime. At stake is a million dollars and a contract to continue the famous novelist’s bestselling thriller series.
Transported to the tropical paradise of Key Island, the finalists are cut off from the world and given seven days to draft their best ending for the book. But when one of them turns up dead, theories and accusations abound. Accident? Suicide? Or Murder? To what lengths will competitors go to win? And who, if anyone, will leave the island alive?
News and Reviews...
“What writer wouldn’t jump at the chance to continue a best-selling author’s legacy, especially if that chance comes with an all-expenses-paid trip to a remote tropical island? But all is not what it seems, as Joan Long proves she has a knack for intricate plotting in this thrilling debut that will keep you guessing till the final pages!”—Edwin Hill, Agatha- and Edgar-nominated author of The Secrets We Share
“Fascinating and foreboding, The Finalist is a gripping whodunnit set on an island paradise turned prison for five unsuspecting thriller writers.”—Ellen Byron, USA Today Bestselling Author
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