"Pariah, occupying a space in the great literary tradition of Hiaasen and Tim Dorsey. Somebody referred to it as, 'Southern grit lit,' I just call it a hoot!" --Tom Turner, author of the Charlie Crawford Mystery Series
For Zeke Adams, identity theft isn’t just wrecking his life. It could cost him his life.
Fishing on a Florida beach one morning, Zeke Adams makes a horrifying discovery: drowned Haitian migrants washed up in the surf. He is further shocked to learn a half-sister he never knew he had was on their boat. It’s unclear if she survived. And then Zeke’s day gets even worse.
Zeke is a reformed tabloid journalist who used to be a king of sleaze. Now he lands on the receiving end of scandal when flyers appear all over the community warning that he is a pervert. That’s because his name mistakenly ended up on Florida’s sexual offender registry due to criminal identity theft. He needs to clear his reputation before he gets run out of town, as well as rescue his half-sister from the human smugglers before a corrupt ICE agent captures her. Not easy tasks when people are trying to kill him and the cops want him in jail.
Zeke’s only ally is a detective whose cousin was among the drowned migrants. There are also the tenants of the cottages he owns on a former pineapple plantation. But how much help can he expect from a bunch of drunks, kooks, and a 100-year-old lothario who live to fish and party in a subtropical paradise? Find out if Zeke lands in jail, the morgue—or both—in Pariah, a different kind of mystery novel.
About the Author
After growing up in Connecticut, Ward studied English Literature at the University of Pennsylvania and Kings College, London. He has worked for TV GUIDE MAGAZINE, a Colorado newspaper, an Arkansas TV station, and advertising agencies in Dallas, Miami, and New York City. At one time, he lived in a funky cottage community that had formerly been a pineapple plantation. It was located on Florida's Indian River, in a town that was once called Eden. That name has disappeared from the maps, but has been resurrected in PARIAH, the first of the Zeke Adams mystery novels from Pandamoon Publishing. THE TERATOLOGIST historical horror series is also coming soon from Pandamoon.
Ward is a founding partner of BPD Advertising in Boca Raton, Florida, a member of the Mystery Writers of America, and an Active member of the Horror Writers Association. His short fiction has appeared in numerous genre, literary, and mainstream publications (see his bibliography at www.wardparker.com). He enjoys reading, photography, beachcombing, kayak fishing, cat wrangling, and spending time with his wife.