By Elaine Viets
That’s what Backstab, my first mystery, is selling for on Amazon. This is a new $5.99 paperback, published by Dell in 1997.
The seller is "Any Book," and good old Any has a "91 percent positive over the past 12 months. (670,131 total ratings)."
Why is Any Book selling my book for $145.26?
I haven’t the foggiest.
But I do know this – I’m not getting any of Any’s money. Writers don’t get royalties for used books. But thanks to my new contest, you have a chance to win that $145.26 paperback – and I’ll pay the shipping.
Backstab is my first novel. It’s darker than my Josie Marcus and Dead-End Job mysteries. It’s set in the late ’90s, back when big city newspapers still had major circulation. Francesca Vierling is a six-foot-tall newspaper columnist for the St. Louis City Gazette.
It’s winter in St. Louis, and city folks survive the snow and fight for parking spaces in their redbrick neighborhoods. Columnist Francesca Vierling is investigating two murders, a bartender in a landmark St. Louis saloon and a colorful rehabber who’s remodeling a St. Louis house. Francesca is desperately looking for a killer -- who has already chosen her.
You can win Backstab, the $145.26 paperback. I’ll even autograph the copy. For free.
Click on Contests at www.elaineviets.com.