a novel by Mike DennisMy new novelette, a hardboiled Las Vegas tale called Temptation Town, is now live on Kindle. It’s the first in the Jack Barnett series about a reluctant ex-private investigator laying low in Sin City. Here’s a brief description:

Jack Barnett has had it with the private eye business. They took his license away in LA, and fearing criminal prosecution, he split town in the middle of the night for Las Vegas, where anyone can become anonymous.

He swears off the business, but his money runs low and when a man offers him $5000 to find his missing daughter, he agrees. He soon wishes he hadn’t when the haunting memory of a woman from his past gets in the way.

Temptation Town is a hardboiled novelette, the first of the Jack Barnett series from Mike Dennis. Set in the steaming underbelly of Las Vegas, these tales of a reluctant ex-private investigator drag the reader down the darkest streets of Sin City, USA.


The book also comes with an exclusive preview of the next installment in the Barnett series, a short story called Hard Cash.

It’s available now in ebook form (it’ll be out in paperback in a few weeks) and you can get it here. Please pick up a copy. And then leave a brief review on Amazon. It would really mean a lot to me.

One more thing. The cover you see is not the final cover. It’s currently being designed by my cover designer, Jeroen ten Berge, but it won’t be ready for a few weeks yet. So I whipped this cover up to serve as an interim piece. If you buy the book between now and the time I get the final cover, and if you can’t live without it, I’ll send you a copy of the finished cover when I get it.

Now how can you refuse that deal?

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  1. Lisa Hazard

    Sounds great! I’ll have to add it to my TBR list. Good luck with it!

  2. Damn, Mike. Here I am, listening to Tom Waits’s FRANK’S WILD YEARS, and what’s playing> TEMPTATIONS. Just as I read about your new book. And me with leftover Christmas money.

    Sometimes decisions are easy.

  3. Mike Dennis

    Lisa & Dana–Thanks so much for the support. And Dana, all you need is to have VIVA LAS VEGAS come on the radio for the final blow.

  4. Nice. Congratulations. But tell me, what’s the difference between a novella and a novelette? All these nomenclatures are starting to get confusing.

  5. Mike Dennis

    Ben–I don’t think there’s any official designation, but for me, anything between 10,000-25,000 words is a novelette. A novella is from 25,000-40,000 or so. In any case, a novelette is usually smaller than a novella, which is smaller than a novel.

  6. According to the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Nebula awards for science fiction a novelette has a word count of between 7,500 and 17,499. For more about my view on hardboiled novelettes check out http://chasinthewind.blogspot.com/2011/11/novelette-and-ebook-revolution.html

  7. I recently left you a review on Amazon – I like this new flinty character – Barnett, the reluctant P.I. Good stuff.

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