Until Proven Innocent


This is a complicated plot to explain. There are a lot of things going on: murders of reporters, the evil machinations of corrupt billionaires, but mostly the arrest of Liz's longtime romantic partner, Jack, for a crime he didn't commit. She has to get him off the hook. Of course all these events are connected, and can be traced back to one person.

I was moved to write this by the murder in the 1980s of Arizona Republic reporter Don Bolles. My story bears no resemblance to actual fact, other than the very salient one of a good man being murdered for doing his job.

Selected Works

Nonfiction
“This book is, quite simply, remarkable journalism and remarkable writing.”
--Robert B. Parker
"Taut with suspense...crackles like a bestselling novel." -- Barry Reed, author of The Verdict
Fiction
"Susan Kelly's maiden mystery is fresh and free-spirited with lively characters, snappy dialogue...and a suspenseful plot." -- Washington Post
“Spinetingling... noteworthy... brings the horror of being a victim into sharp focus.”
--Publishers Weekly
“Thought-provoking... a gritty, bittersweet story with added depth and dimension.”
--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"A page-turner with action and suspense." -- SSC Booknews
"A winner for fans of literate, witty mysteries." -- Tony Hillerman
"The Summertime Soldiers has love, sex, and murder and most of all, a heart." -- Boston Herald