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Joe McKinney

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Joe McKinney has been a patrol officer for the San Antonio Police Department, a homicide detective, a disaster mitigation specialist, a patrol commander, and a successful novelist. His books include the four part Dead World series, Quarantined and Dodging Bullets. His short fiction has been collected in The Red Empire and Other Stories and Dating in Dead World and Other Stories. For more information go to

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Joe McKinney They back a truck full of money up to your front door and you never have to work again.

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They back a truck full of money up to your front door and you never have to work again.

Just kidding.

For me, the thrill has always been in storytelling. I was doing this gig for free long before people started buying my books, and I'll be doing it long after people stop paying for my books. The stories just have to come out. That's what I do, and why I love being a writer.(less)
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Dead City (Dead World, #1)

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Jennifer Thanks for adding me as a friend!

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Dale Thele Joe, thanks for accepting my friend request.
I'm looking forward to reading Inheritance :)

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Joe Thanks Cedric! I'm looking forward to reading your reviews

Cedric Nye Joe,
Thank you for accepting my Friend request! You have a PILE of good looking books, and they are all on my "to read" shelf. Have a great evening.
All my best to you and yours,

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Joe Shay (Shannon) wrote: "Thanks for accepting the friend request!"

Thanks for asking me! Looking forward to reading your reviews.

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Tony Hey Joe,

Thanks for adding me as a friend. I hope you have a great week.


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Joe Hey, no problem. I'm still trying to learn my way around GoodReads, so I barely notice when something goes wrong. Hope all is well,


Jeremy I want to apologize for the all the recommendations from me today. I only pressed the send button once--I'm not sure what happened.

Argh...this is terrible...

Again, I'm very sorry.


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