The Jacq of Spades

What is The Jacq of Spades?

The Jacq of Spades is steampunk neo-noir. Book one of a 13-part series. The start of a story which you know already isn’t going to end well.



The once-beautiful far future domed neo-Victorian city of Bridges is now split between four crime families in an uneasy cease-fire. Social disparity increasing and its steam-driven infrastructure failing, a new faction is on the rise: the Red Dog Gang.

Jacqueline Spadros has a dream life: a wealthy husband, a powerful family. But her life is not what it seems.

Kidnapped from her mother’s brothel and forced to marry, the murder of her best friend Air ten years before haunts her nightmares. She finds moments of freedom in a small-time private eye business, which she hides in fear of her sadistic father-in-law.

Air’s little brother disappears off his back porch and the Red Dogs are framed for it. With the help of a mysterious gentleman investigator hired by the Red Dogs to learn the truth, Jacqui pushes her abilities to their limits in hope of rescuing the child before the scoundrel disposes of him.

Over 20,000 copies sold worldwide!

Cover design by Anita Carroll. Proofreading by The Well-Chosen Word.

Special thanks to Maria Ershova.



Tropes and warnings

Ambiguously evil - Anti-hero - Arranged marriage - Broken bird - Closed circle - Crapsack world - Culture clash - Dark and troubled past - Deliberate values dissonance - Determined widow - Driven to suicide - Domed hometown - Fish out of water - Flashback echo - Flashback nightmares - Gentleman adventurer - Gilded cage - Gorgeous period dress - Gray vs Gray morality - High-functioning alcoholic - Hardboiled private detective (genderflipped) - I am your father - Impossibly low neckline - Kicking ass in all her finery - Living a double life - Love dodecahedron - The Mafia - Minor crime reveals major plot - Police are useless - PTSD - Secret-keeper - Spirited young lady - Stockholm Syndrome - Survivor guilt - Those magnificent flying machines - Villain in a white suit

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I'm an independent author! This means I pay for every step of the publishing process out of my own pocket. I received no advance payment for writing this book, and there's no giant publishing corporation backing me.

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