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Jon Spoelstra

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Detroit, MI, now living in Portland, OR, The United States



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I wrote Red Chaser, a noir thriller about the 1950s, the Cold War and the Brooklyn Dodgers and didn't even try to go to a mainstream publisher. I only wanted it on Kindle. After all, it's projected that there will be 28 million of these devices out there in three or four years. And, importantly, a Kindle book can be read on a PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad or BlackBerry. Wow, this gives an author the opportunity to reach readers on a direct path. This is appealing to me.

In my last book, a non-fiction marketing book, I put my personal email address in the dust jacket. My publisher warned me against that. I got over 5,000 emails from readers. That was terrific! I answered each one.

For the past year, Red Chaser has been in the top 2% of Kindle books s...more

At my age, I read for fun. Don't talk to me about books that will make me smarter. I was already as smart as I'll ever be a few decades ago. And, reading retirement financial books is the best way to nod off quickly.

Give me a good mystery book. For me, I prefer a different era like the Nate Heller books by Max Allan Collins or James Ellroy books.

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Published on January 28, 2010 12:50 • 489 views • Tags: boomers, mystery-books
Average rating: 3.85 · 266 ratings · 87 reviews · 7 distinct works · Similar authors
Red Chaser: A Noir Thriller...
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Marketing Outrageously: How...
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Success Is Just One Wish Away
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Jon Spoelstra Jon Spoelstra said: "Q. How do you double the value of your Yugo?
A. Fill the gas tank.

Q. How do you make a Yugo go faster?
A. Use a tow truck.

The Yugo was rated the worst car ever sold in the U.S. While there are many funny jokes about the Yugo, this is a serious story of...more

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"RED CHASER tosses you headfirst into the 1950s. You'll meet the kinkiest and most beautiful spy this side of the Iron Curtain. You'll meet Joe McCarth...more "
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"For some reason unknown to me, Amazon has reduced the price of my noir thriller RED CHASER from $3.99 to $3.19. What this means is that you get bigger...more "
"RED CHASER tosses you headfirst into the 1950s. You'll meet the kinkiest and most beautiful spy this side of the Iron Curtain. You'll meet Joe McCarth...more "
"RED CHASER is a noir thriller of the 1950s, the Cold War and the Brooklyn Dodgers. If you enjoy James Ellroy or the Nate Heller books by Max Allan Col...more "
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“I don't give any book a big chance. If it isn't interesting from the get-go, I let go. Sure I paid for the book, but I don't have to pay more in my time to read a book that bores me. If I don't enjoy reading it, why read it? For my original investment in the book? That's silly.”
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Christine Hatfield thanks for being my friend

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Moon Jon,
I finally finished reading your book and am sorry it took me so long to read it. I just bought myself a Kindle and that is how I finished it. I really loved this book and as soon as you come out with your second book of Jake McHenry, I want to know about it. Thanks again for a great book and I wrote a lot on my "all ready read" message where your book is listed on my account. Keep up the great work. Mary

message 5: by Jan

Jan Thanks for your request new to all this only found the site recently just finding my way around.

message 4: by Nike

Nike Chillemi Glad to have you as a friend here. :)

message 3: by Scott

Scott Gibson I just started RedChaser! So far i am really enjoying it!!!

message 2: by Karla

Karla Thanks for the friend request, you seem to be a spunky cat! lol! I love your answer to my friend question. "Crusty guys" hilarious! I well have to read something of yours you impressed me!

message 1: by Zach

Zach Great meeting you.

I am also a fan of Charlie Huston, Lawrence Block and James Ellroy. Not farmiliar with Martin Limon or Brendand DuBois, I will have to check them out.

Also your novel sounds interesting.

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