FAST TRACK 2021 Edition
The manuscript went through fourteen major revisions over ten years and was rejected nearly forty times until my current agent, Barbara Casey, fell in love with it.
In Fast Track, Lark solves the mystery surrounding the car accident that killed her parents when she was an infant. It's based, in part, on the suicide of my sister in 1980 and a car-train collision I witnessed when I was nine years old. Fast Track is one of those rare novels that you simply can’t put down. I was hooked on page one and it was non-stop until the very end – an emotional roller coaster. ~ Wolf Blitzer Anchor, CNN’s “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer”
FAST TRACK 2005 Edition
In this story, Lark helps her friend and mentor Lionel Stone solve the mystery surrounding the death of his daughter Holly along the Inca Trail.
DeDakis can so accurately write from a woman’s point of view – with all the intrinsic curiosity, emotion and passion – [that it’s] nothing short of astounding. ~ Diane DimondAuthor and Investigative Journalist
BLUFF 2010 Edition
BLUFF Audio Book
Award-winning author and former CNN journalist John DeDakis once again gives readers a behind-the-veil glimpse at the good and the bad of journalism as he takes Lark from small-town Wisconsin to the ancient Inca Trail in Peru as she solves the mystery surrounding the death of Lionel Stone’s daughter Holly.
BULLET in the CHAMBER
This story begins on Lark's first day as a White House correspondent for the Associated Press. The executive mansion is attacked, the president is missing, the first lady's life is in danger, and the man Lark loves disappears. It's Lark's job to figure it all out in this deadline-a-minute thriller about drugs, drones, and journalism. John DeDakis gets inside the head of a modern-day White House journalist who has no idea what's in store for her when she begins this rollercoaster of a ride. ~Josh LedermanFormer Associated Press White House Reporter DeDakis combines the heart-stopping and heartbreaking . . . Lark’s latest adventure is entertaining and harrowing. And always riveting. ~Henry SchusterCBS News “60 Minutes” Producer
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Awards for Bullet in the Chamber
1st Place - Reader Views Reviewers Choice Award
2nd Place (Silver Medal) Foreword INDIES (Thriller/Suspense)
Finalist Foreword INDIES (Mystery)
3rd Place (Bronze Medal) Feathered Quill Book Award (Mystery/Thriller)
A gripping, topical tale about the difficulties of discerning the truth in the new world of fake news. ~Kirkus Reviews Fake, by John DeDakis, is a stunner of a mystery, the kind of book that hooks you at the first page, and then won't let go. DeDakis tells this story of betrayal, tragedy, and political posturing with an insider's view of Washington's underbelly that is so vivid and feels so real that he resets the bar for inside-the-Beltway thrillers.
~John Gilstrap, Author of "Total Mayhem" and the Jonathan Grave thrillers series