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Kay Kendall

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Before Kay Kendall began to write books, she was an award-winning international public relations executive, working in the US, Canada, the Soviet Union, and Europe. Ask her about working in Moscow during the Cold War—and turning down a job with the CIA in order to attend grad school at Harvard. Because of her degrees in Russian history, Kay often brings Cold War elements into her tales. She takes great pains in her books to get historical settings and details right—no anachronisms allowed.
Kay is president of the Southwest Chapter of the Mystery Writers of America and is a member of the national board of MWA. She and her Canadian husband live in Houston, Texas, and have rescued abandoned pet rabbits for 20 years. They have a tolerant spanie
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Description: In 1968 a young bride from Texas uses her CIA-honed skills to catch the real killer when her husband lands in a Canadian jail for murdering the draft-resisting son of a United States senator. Best-selling author Norb Vonnegut says, "A brutal murder, a young woman fighting to prove her husband's innocence—DESOLATION ROW hooked me on page one. Author Kay Kendall knows how to burrow into your heart."
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“I write about what life was like for typical young women of the sixties—not the type that made headlines, the Hanoi Janes or Angela Davises, but moderates who nonetheless got swept up by history's tides during that turbulent time. All that turmoil lends itself to drama, intrigue, and murder.”
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message 3: by Beth

Beth Hi Kay,
Thanks for sending a Goodreads friend request to this fellow mystery author!


message 2: by Kay

Kay Hi again. Interested to see that you and I both gave Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden only three stars. I was amazed (back in the day) that this book was so very popular. I just didn't get it. It was a fine book but the mass appeal is what I never understood.

Your publishing career is amazing, by the way. Congratulations. You've been published in some amazing places! kk


message 1: by C.J.

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Hello Kay,
It's such a pleasure having you for a friend. I am looking forward to reading your work! Thank you and best wishes to you.
Warmest regards,
CJ

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