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Become a friend of 'Ireland Writing Retreat' on or before Thursday March 31st 2016 and automatically enter a draw to win an intriguing thriller novel signed by the author himself.

Troubled Water is the third installment in the Lark Chadwick mystery suspense series written by long-time CNN broadcaster John DeDakis.


"Just as young journalist Lark Chadwick is about to begin her new job on the cops and courts beat, she discovers the body of a strangled girl - the first victim of a serial killer. Lark's got the inside track, but there are complications: jealous rivals in the newsroom, her job in danger, a hunky colleague who becomes a suspect, a superstar athlete with anger issues. And just who is that mysterious bag boy at the local market? With the help of her friend and mentor Lionel Stone, Lark's nerve is tested like never before in a dramatic life or death showdown with the killer."

John is the author of four novels, ‘Fast Track,’ ‘Bluff,’ ‘Troubled Water’ and 'Bullet in the Chamber,' due to be published this October. He spent 25 years with CNN, and also with CBN, working on a wide range of news and current affairs shows, including being senior copy editor on the popular news and current affairs Emmy and Peabody-Award winning programme, ‘The Situation Room,’ with Wolf Blitzer. John was also a White House correspondent for CBN News during the last three years of Ronald Reagan's presidency.

The Wisconsin native is a popular creative writing workshop leader at conferences both within the US and abroad, including Sleuthfest (Florida), Killer Nashville (Tennessee), Pennwriters (Pennsylvania), Flathead River (Montana), Hampton Roads (Virginia), BooksAlive (Florida), Lakefly (Wisconsin).

John is a member of Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime and in 2013 served as a judge for the Edgar Award for Best Mystery Novel (hardcover).

He is also an adjunct journalism faculty member at the University of Maryland-College Park and has been a lecturer at the American University, Washington, D.C. and Writer-in-Residence at the Callanwolde Fine Arts Center in Atlanta, teaching fiction writing classes and holding one-on-one writing tutorials.

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