Gracie Stratis, special agent in the Diplomatic Security Service, wants nothing more than to see the world one embassy at a time. Plans change when she suffers grave injuries at the hands of would-be assassins. Her brother, Russel, brings her back to his Oakland home to recuperate. For Gracie, it’s a long road back to active duty, burdened by a hobbled mind and body.
Weeks into her recovery, an old friend mysteriously disappears. Gracie determines to find him, but every angle oozes trouble. Gracie must confront violent criminals with exacting genkan habits, the missing man’s imperious parents, a powerful mayor, and a shady corporation. Each step she takes pulls her closer to facing the dragons that lurk in her past and haunt her deteriorating mind. Time is running out for her friend, her recovery, and what was once a bright future.
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Born in 1977, A.S.A. Durphy wrote Poems and Stories from a young age. “Prove it,” you say. Well, okay then. Here is The Wizard from first grade, circa 1983:
I am a wizard.
I do not walk on the land, I walk in the air.
I do not jump over streams, I fly over waterfalls.
I can tame raccoons.
I can ask the hawk to fly.
I can ask the fish to swim.
I can turn the sky green and the ground blue.
I can turn stone to gold and gold into a stone.
Did he just share one of his earliest poems with you? He did. A little bit of humanizing never hurt a bio.
A.S.A. Durphy published his first novel, The Thing Speaks for Itself, in 2016. When he’s not jogging around the Oakland Hills, you’ll find him puzzling through home projects, building furniture, or hard at work in the garden with his lovely wife and daughters.