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A novel full of unique characters caught in a web of lies, unaware the secrets they hold may result in the death of someone they love.
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"Welcome back Jennifer Malone! It’s been too long. Abandoned is a page-turning mix of organized crime, investigative journalism and the importance of listening to a frightened woman’s warning. I won’t think any hospital case is 'routine' again." ~ Annette Hamm, Morning Live co-host, and former crime reporter, CHCH

"Kudos to Schlarbaum, a master storyteller who always finds ways to use his own past experiences to captivate his readers. It only takes one small piece of the puzzle to be able to see the big picture. For investigative journalist Jennifer Malone that's what it's all about. Malone is the main character in author John Schlarbaum's recent thriller Abandoned – a Jennifer Malone Mystery. This is Schlarbaum's sequel to A Memorable Murder in which we quickly came to realize that Malone is more than a high profile journalist, she's a supersleuth who likes to take risks. The brazen 30-something Malone is relentless in her pursuit to find the truth and in finding romance." ~ Fred Groves, Journalist

"In John Schlarbaum's latest novel, Jennifer Malone is an Enigmatologist with an uncanny ability in finding the missing pieces of an intricate puzzle and building a picture for us all to see. Reporter characters have been done to death, but Jennifer is a fresh, new generation newshound, not like the old chain-smoking, greasy haired, bespectacled hacks we've heard enough of. You won't be disappointed when the puzzle is solved. Abandoned is a fun read." ~ Edmond Gagnon, Author of "Finding Hope" and "The Black & White" crime fiction series

"Likeable, interesting characters, a steady pace and enough intrigue to keep turning the pages made Abandoned the perfect read. I like books that provoke tension and anxiety between the reader and the characters, Abandoned did just this and more. Definitely, does not disappoint. Schlarbaum once again hits the mark." ~ Kevin Jarvis, Author of "A Personal Underworld"

"It is amazing how John Schlarbaum can take an ordinary day at a hospital and change it into an amazing mystery. The reader is brought into the various characters' lives and interweaves these lives in the most interesting ways. This is the type of book that you don't want to stop reading. You will want to know how the characters are connected and John ties these connections up nicely at the end. Some details in the story will even make you laugh. Abandoned is an easy read and leaves you wanting to check out more of John's books. Highly recommended!" ~ Irene Carson, Windsor, ON.

"In Abandoned we meet reporter/detective Jennifer Malone: a bright, fearless, charismatic and independent career woman struggling to achieve work-life balance as she searches for the story of a lifetime. While investigating the death of a John Doe, she befriends two young hospital employees who believe that an elderly patient has been murdered. Skeptical, but keeping an open mind, Jennifer soon discovers that all is not as it seems. Add in a mail carrier who is at the wrong place at the wrong time, a couple of sketchy coroners, a potential love interest and a dimly-lit dive run by mobsters, and you have a storyline that will keep you guessing as you read 'just one more chapter'. Schlarbaum continues to deliver likable characters and intriguing, interwoven plots. Whether you are a new or seasoned fan, Abandoned will not disappoint."  ~ Jennifer Laugher, Niagara Falls, ON. 

“Schlarbaum has hit the mark! Abandoned is top notch! It is intriguing and so real. Didn't meet my expectations - he blew them out of the water!” ~ Rebecca Bornais, Windsor, ON

"Abandoned’ has a collection of intriguing characters and an engaging storyline that keeps the reader wondering, “What exactly happened to Helga that day?” Through his use of metaphorical descriptions and details, catchphrases and fun 'lingo', Author John Schlarbaum has delivered another fun-to-read, entertaining page-turner. The great thing about John's books is that somebody new to his work can pick up any one of his books and completely enjoy it as a standalone experience. Conversely, those who read everything he publishes are greeted with fun surprises as certain characters reappear, and even intersect when you least expect it. Schlarbaum keeps readers on their toes with unexpected circumstances and plot twists that you least expect." ~ Tina Medford, Lasalle, ON

"What a great book! I found it to be a fast read and a page turner to find out what is going to happen next. I loved all the characters and how they come together at the end." ~ Sue Paisley, Amherstburg, ON 

The Story:

“Don’t let them kill me.”

These are the first words spoken by elderly patient Helga Klemens to the transporter arriving to take her down for a simple hip surgery. Luke assures the frightened woman no one is going to harm her, chalking the bizarre declaration up to nerves and medication issues. After safely delivering her to the O.R., Luke’s final words to Helga are, “Don’t worry. You’ll be fine,” unaware she will be dead within the hour.

On the same Sunday afternoon, newspaper reporter Jennifer Malone is looking into the case of a John Doe residing in the hospital’s morgue. Once her interview with the coroner is complete, Jennifer is stopped by a distraught Luke and his security guard girlfriend, Maryanne, who are both shocked at the news of Helga’s untimely death.

Over the following five fast-paced days, Jennifer will use all of her investigative skills to determine exactly what happened in the O.R. However, when a second unidentified body washes ashore, Jennifer’s attention is sidetracked wondering if there’s a serial killer on the loose. Could the three seemingly unrelated deaths be linked? 

Abandoned is populated by memorable characters, each caught in a web of lies, unaware the secrets they hold may result in a life or death struggle for someone they love.

Read Chapter One here:

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Where will the funds go?

Printing costs are always the biggest impediment for any self-published author, regardless of how many previous books they've sold. The Kickstarter funds raised will go toward these expenses.

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For you ... the benefit will be finding a new author, as well as reading a truly original and exceptionally entertaining mystery starring reporter Jennifer Malone.

The End:

If the Kickstarter goal is reached, Abandoned - A Jennifer Malone Mystery will be published In November 2017.

Risks and challenges

I have been a book publisher for 12 years and had a very successful Kickstarter campaign in 2015 - meeting my target in 19 days! The goal is to have "Abandoned - A Jennifer Malone Mystery" published in November 2017. Thank you for your continued support of my work and pre-order pledges! Have a great day!

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