After months of angst-ridden tension, it’s finally here: The launch of my fourth book, third humanitarian aid novel, and part two of what I’m calling “The Humanitarian Fiction Trilogy” (Missionary, Mercenary, Mystic, Misfit was part one). Honor Among Thieves is now available for purchase in both paperback and Kindle format.
I have read all your books and I have to tell you I enjoyed this one the most. — Reader on Facebook
The online book tour begins now: Watch your favorite aid blogs for reviews over the next few weeks. I will cross-post reviews on my Facebook (also here, and here). Whatever you do, buy it and read it.
Thanks largely to a highly engaged group of beta readers, the consistent response to Honor Among Thieves is that it is the best aid novel (by me) so far. Of course I went out and asked a bunch of important people for blurbs (and one or two of them came through), but the real story comes from my core audience: Actual aid workers. On Facebook:
Best one yet! Mary-Anne is all grown up and professional! Tough issues for aid workers, well addressed in a non-preachy manner.
Or, on Amazon:
“Honor Among Thieves is more true life than I care to admit. J once again gets what it means to be a “aid worker”. The story is well told and gives the reader a peek behind the curtain of world of aid and development”
Yes, in Honor Among Thieves Mary-Anne is all grown up. Back at World Aid Corps (WAC) HQ, she’s tasked with planning a corporation-funded development project in rural Cambodia. Which is, predictably, where things begin to slip inevitably sideways. Issues of local versus expat, interracial relationships, amateur start-up NGOs, the value of qualitative analysis (it ain’t all RCTs), the question of whether development really helps at all, and the notion that things are almost never what they seem all make their presence felt in Honor Among Thieves.
But beyond any deep introspection or laying bare the mysteries of the aid world, more than anything else, Honor Among Thieves is meant to be read and enjoyed by aid workers. You.
Confession: While it’s true that none of the characters in any of my novels are real people, I suppose now is as good a time as any to come clean and let you know that every one of my novels does include a cameo by someone real. In Disastrous Passion it was “Miss Sundress” in Chapter 30 (I’m not gonna tell you her name, but she is a real aid worker, and she really did crash Micky Martelli’s innaguration party). In Missionary, Mercenary, Mystic, Misfit it was Billy-Bob the goat. And in Honor Among Thieves, it’s the mysterious, coffee-guzzling “Ed” in Chapter 22.
“At that moment, before Frank could explain the etymology of Con Chim, a tall, slim Western man wearing aviator sunglasses stepped through the front door. He wore lightly faded jeans and an untucked slim-fitting button-down shirt. An easy smile was complemented by an unruly shock of dark hair that Mary-Anne immediately assumed had been intentionally grown for gelling into a faux hawk.”
Think you know who Ed is for real? Post your answer on the World Aid Corps Facebook page. And of course, tweet @ the real Ed!
Get a free copy of Honor Among Thieves! My usual blogosphere offer is open. Are you too poor to afford the Kindle version of Honor Among Thieves? You can get a free PDF in exchange for your promise to post a review on your blog (so, you’d need to have a blog…). It’s the honor system. Check here (“Editorial Reviews”) for details.
Honor Among Thieves is enabled for purchase across the entire Amazon universe. The print version is also available at CreateSpace (here).
But I only use an iPad. How can I read Honor Among Thieves? If you absolutely cannot bring yourself to use the free Kindle app on your device, email me at evilgenius.main(at)gmail(dot)com, include a copy of your e-receipt from purchasing on Amazon, and I’ll send you a PDF.
Honor Among Thieves
Published 15 March, 2015 by Evil Genius Publishing, LLC.
6” X 9”