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Just Add Water by David R. Tanis

Moonshine Cove Publishing, LLC
$12.95, paperback
ISBN: 978-8-1937327-40
February, 2014
Fiction: Mystery/Humor
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"Hamish O'Halloran, a lawyer in the 'Eden' of Pine Ridge, North Carolina, is an archetypal southern rounder who, despite his rather unconventional ways, and the string of misadventures that he triggers, is pretty hard not to like. In fact he's downright unforgettable. David Tanis knows his fictional hamlet and each and every one of his endearing and otherwise characters, and he by God knows every last molecule of a courtroom. Just Add Water, a decidedly picaresque novel, written in a conversational engaging manner, is vintage small-town hijinks at its best."
—Joseph Bathanti, North Carolina Poet Laureate and Professor of English Appalachian State University

"David R. Tanis has an easy and comfortable writing style that brings vividly to life the small North Carolina town and the characters in his thriller so that they live for you. With twists and turns we follow a rather rumpled lawyer, Hamish O'Halloran, who appears to be bumbling along ineptly but managing to get things to go in his favor as he deals with a host if thugs who could take his life...unless he manages to pull off still another one of his unlikely successes."
—Joseph L.S. Terrell, author of Not Our Kind of Killing and other Harrison Weaver mysteries

"Follow Hamish O'Halloran, a clumsily claustrophobic, disheveled, small town lawyer, as he becomes trapped in a series of unwanted legal representations that leads to the thrilling unraveling of an extraordinary drug trafficking conspiracy in a completely unpredictable ending, Just Add Water is an excellent, compelling, and fun read. I challenge the most astute reader to guess the ending before the mystery of the street drug 'murti-bing' is revealed by the author."
—Henry ("Hank") P. Van Hoy, II, Attorney, Martin & Van Hoy, LLP, Mocksville, NC

Hamish O'Halloran, a tawdry, slack lawyer in a small North Carolina town, finds himself reluctantly appointed to a series of cases involving Murti-Bing, a new drug which renders its users automatons. He becomes obsessed with finding who is behind the epidemic, increasingly finding himself in dangerous situations, barely escaping with his life. Fast-paced with numerous humorous episodes, some of which are downright hilarious. A totally unexpected conclusion leaves the reader smiling.

David R. Tanis is a retired trial attorney with dozens of Federal Drug conspiracy trials. Former prosecutor and District Court Judge, thirty-two years of legal experience. Graduate of Wake Forest University School of Law. Order of Barristers, Chief Justice Moot Court Board. President, Forsyth County Criminal Defense Lawyers. Former Green Beret. Seriously wounded in combat in Vietnam while serving as a Task Force Commander. Received Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Air Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, Parachute Badge. Served as North Carolina Chairman, Vietnam Veterans Leadership Program, Chairman, Governor's Advocacy Council for Persons with Disabilities, Board of Directors, North West Forsyth Little League, Big Brothers/Big Sisters. Graduate of Lehigh University majoring in International Relations, starting Center on basketball team, Graduate studies in Political Science George Washington University Sino-Soviet Institute, East Carolina University. Fluent in French and German.

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