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Laya V. Smith Announces New Neo-Noir Thriller The Lumbermill, Takes Readers Into World Full of Secret History, Injustice, and Deceit

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Laya V. Smith Announces New Neo-Noir Thriller The Lumbermill, Takes Readers Into World Full of Secret History, Injustice, and Deceit

September 22
02:27 2020

Laya V. Smith, a debut author of the mystery and thriller genre, has announced the release of her new book, The Lumbermill. Published in partnership with Black Rose Writing, Smith’s latest neo-noir thriller became available worldwide on September 24, 2020, in printed, eBook, and audiobook formats.

Introducing readers to a captivating post-World War II story, The Lumbermill dives headfirst into a world full of secret history, injustice, and deceit set in post-war America. Readers follow a veteran fighter pilot turned detective who suddenly finds himself facing off against government-sanctioned war criminals, human traffickers, and his own traumatic past in 1950s Los Angeles, California.

After sending a pair of mass murderers to the chair, fighter pilot Augy Small found himself attracting widespread attention and thought his story was over. But a recently turned detective, he could not celebrate this victory for long. While the culprits confessed, only one body was ever found – begging the question of who the killers died to protect. When Katya Tyler, a Russian enigma with a wad of cash in one hand and a hit list in the other, claims to have the answers, she needs Augy’s help to bring down a massive underground network of human traffickers.

“Shocking, alluring, and utterly absorbing,” remarked Luke Swanson of The Ten and The Other Hamlet Brother, and an early The Lumbermill reader. “Whether you’re a fan of classic noir or white-knuckle action, I dare you not to be totally sucked in by The Lumbermill. As I turned the pages, I could smell the cigarette smoke and feel the fire on my back. What a ride!”

A twist at every turn, readers take a deep dive into Augy’s past, including the shadows and scars of combat in World War II and their lasting effects, and rumors of a place long since destroyed. A captivating 334-page novel in printed format, The Lumbermill keeps readers on the edge of their seats as they navigate the twists and turns of Augy’s investigation, and ultimately discover what fate lies ahead.

Shop now at AmazonBarnes & Noble, Audible, and Black Rose Writing.

About The Author 

Laya V. Smith is an author in the neo-noir thriller genre. A member of International Thriller Writers, SCBWI, AWP, and LUW, Smith announced the release of her latest work, The Lumbermill, in September 2020. Born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, she still calls the city home with her husband and two children. Smith has a degree in history from the University of Utah.

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