Today I’m excited to share news of a new release, The Lumbermill by Laya V. Smith.
Sending a pair of mass murderers to the chair got his name in the papers, but veteran fighter pilot turned detective, Augy Small, couldn’t celebrate. The culprits confessed, but the cops only ever found one body. Who had the killers died to protect?
Katya Tyler, a Russian enigma with a wad of cash in one hand and a hit list in the other, claims to have the answers. First, she wants Augy’s help to bring down a massive underground network of human traffickers.
As the case unfolds, every clue is an echo of his past. The horrors he experienced in the Pacific, shadows of scars he still carries, and rumors of a place long since destroyed.
The Lumbermill is back in operation. Every day more innocents are harvested, their screams muffled in darkness. And the only way Augy can stop it is to go back into the nightmare he thought he’d escaped forever.
Praise For The Lumbermill
“Shocking, alluring, and utterly absorbing. Whether you’re a fan of classic noir or white-knuckle action, I dare you to not be totally sucked in by The Lumbermill. As I turned the pages, I could smell the cigarette smoke and feel the fire on my back. What a ride!”
-Luke Swanson, The Ten and The Other Hamlet Brother
“Your mind wants to think of old black and white Dashiell Hammett or James. M. Cain PI tales, but Laya keeps digging deeper, tightening knots that tie her characters to dark pasts and to the utter blackness no one could imagine happening. Monsters do exist, and they are hard to defeat because death means nothing to them.”
-Val Conrad, The Julie Madigan Thriller Series
“A brutal, twisted, and beautifully written portrait of a detective taking on a web of evil.” Timothy Gene Sojka, Payback Jack
“The Lumbermill is an action-packed thriller that hits all the right notes of the noir tradition. And yet, it’s also much more than that, with the vivid character development of Augy Small, a self-aware protagonist who struggles to overcome the emotional scars of lost love and his time as a POW. An engaging read, although not for the faint-hearted, The Lumbermill is hopefully the first of more novels from Laya V. Smith.”
-Alastair Luft, One Kingdom Under Heaven
Laya V. Smith was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah and still calls the city home with her husband and two children. She is a member of International Thriller Writers, AWP, and LUW. She has a degree in history from the University of Utah. “The Lumbermill” is her debut novel.
To learn more, please visit LayaVSmith.com.
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The Lumbermill sounds intriguing, I hope you have the chance to check it out.
There is also an audiobook narrated by the author Laya V. Smith and George Ellington. You may know George narrated my new audiobook The Lost Sentinel.
I’ll leave you with the very cool and creepy book trailer from Laya’s YouTube channel (Laya also very kindly produced a trailer for my audiobook, which is also on her channel). Enjoy!
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