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THE WORD THIEF
A Novel
By Marie Romero Cash

The daughter of a famous mystery writer takes on the massive undertaking of completing a book he started before his death, plunging her into more drama than she bargained for.

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Lizbeth Newman is a freelance writer in Santa Fe, New Mexico, whose fatherís passing changes her life in more ways than one. Anthony Fox Newman was a best-selling author whose novels, set in the badlands of Indian country in New Mexico, generally hit the New York Times bestseller list within a week of their release. Prior to his untimely death, he negotiated a lucrative contract with his publisher and a sizeable six-figure advance. Lizbeth soon learns that the publisher is demanding the remaining half of the manuscript be delivered within six months. If not, they will require repayment of the advance, which Lizbeth knows will bankrupt her fatherís estate and void the charitable bequests made in his Last Will and Testament. Lizbeth soon finds her efforts are being secretly derailed by a handsome fellow who comes into her life with the intent of monopolizing her time to keep her from completing the manuscript. As the deadline looms Lizbeth finds herself in a quandary of huge proportions.

Marie Romero Cash is a well-known author and award-winning folk artist whose works are in major museums and private collections throughout the United States and other countries. As an author she has written books and articles on the culture and religion of Northern New Mexico and lectured widely on the subject for the New Mexico Endowment for the Humanities. Sunstone Press has published several of these books: The Saint Makerís Daughter; Santos: a Coloring Book of New Mexico Saints; and Lowrider Blues, a Collection of Short Stories and Observations from My Inner Barrio. In addition, she has written a memoir about growing up in Santa Fe, and a mystery series featuring Jemimah Hodge, a forensic psychologist who uses her skills to profile criminals. Marie lives in Santa Fe in the neighborhood where she was born.

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Softcover:
6 x 9
ISBN: 978-1-63293-333-1
136 pp.,$18.95

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ISBN: 978-1-61139-627-0
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