23 SHADES OF BLACK by k.j.a. wishnia
Trade Paperback ISBN: 1-93099-764-7 $15.95
NYPD cop Filomena Buscarsela has pretty much seen it all in her five years on the force. But after she recognizes the victim of a fatal toxic leak, her instincts tell her that something is not what it seems to be. From her run-down Spanish Harlem apartment to the way-out clubs of the Lower East Side, Filomena’s investigation leads her to suspect that a group of high-powered corporate executives has turned to murder as a way to protect its bottom line.
23 SHADES OF BLACK is K. j. a. Wishnia’s first novel featuring Filomena Buscarsela. The Minneapolis Star-Tribune called this “One of the most distinctive series in mystery fiction..”
“Filomena Buscarsela [is] a Latina heroine with the epic appeal of Everywoman. . . . The world’s a mess, but Filomena’s still fighting. It’s that perspective that sets Wishnia apart—there’s nothing else out there remotely like his books.”
Rocky Mountain News
“From page-turning thriller to mystery story to social investigation, 23 SHADES OF BLACK works on all levels. It’s clear from the start that K.j.a Wishnia is charting a unique path in crime fiction. Sign me up for the full ride!”
Michael Connelly, author of LOST LIGHT
Born in New Hampshire during the Nixon-Kennedy debates, K.j.a. Wishnia has been an entertainer ever since he discovered an audience at the Blackhall Primary School in Edinburgh, Scotland. He has been a dedicated storyteller since the second grade, when a 1-page story homework assignment blossomed into a 15-page action/adventure tale. He’s been refining his style ever since (he no longer misspells “ridiculous”).
Ken has studied literature and film at Brown University and San Francisco State University, visual art at the Rhode Island School of Design, has a doctorate in comparative literature from SUNY Stony Brook, and teaches writing and literature at Suffolk County Community College.
He has performed in theater in Paris, New York, and Cuenca, Ecuador. He also does dishes.
After many years of writing for the theater, Ken created Filomena Buscarsela, his favorite character and gender-crossing alter-ego, to fight the crimes that plague the poor and powerless that go unsolved every day in our society.
He spent three years in the Andes, where he married a native Ecuadorian. They now live in New York with their two children.