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a confidential source

A Confidential Source, the mystery novel by Jan Brogan
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When Hallie Ahern, a struggling journalist addicted to late night talk radio, stops into her neighborhood market buy milk, she becomes the only witness to murder. It looks like an armed robbery gone awry, but Hallie gets a tip that it’s a bigger story. As she investigates the dangerous world of gambling and corruption in Providence, Rhode Island, she’ll learn that there’s no one she can trust and the race to the front page could cost her her life.

A Confidential Source is now in bookstores everywhere.


"Jan Brogan casts a stern eye at Rhode Island's gambling industry and declares it ripe with criminal corruption. Brogan's appealing sleuth, Hallie Ahern is a terrific source of intelligence on regional crime trends. Brogan's brooding analysis of the gambling itch is especially persuasive with a narrator like Hallie, who recognizes her own addictive impulses."
The New York Times

A Confidential Source is an inventive and touching new mystery.
The Chicago Tribune

“Gamblers, wayward reporters, mobsters, crooked pols and egotistical talk show hosts all fall under Jan Brogan’s microscope as she weaves a tale of greed, ambition, addiction, corruption, and mayhem in old Providence. A Confidential Source is a page-turner that hooks you like the blackjack table at Foxwoods.”
Mike Stanton, best-selling author of The Prince of Providence.

“Jan Brogan has written a fast-paced and compulsively readable mystery starring an appealingly flawed protagonist.”
Linda Barnes, author of Deep Pockets, the latest release in the Carlotta Carlyle mystery series.

“Lively, funny and all too real, "A Confidential Source by Jan Brogan is one of the brightest mystery novels of this or any year. I’m hooked on Brogan’s sleuth, reporter Hallie Ahern, who’s addicted to late night talk radio and lottery tickets.”
Hallie Ephron, author of Guilt and crime fiction reviewer for The Boston Globe.

“I think I’m in love. Hallie Ahern, the heroine of Jan Brogan’s terrific new novel, has stolen my heart. Hallie is smart and funny and brave and flawed in the most interesting ways. Brogan knows Providence, RI, and she has staked it out for what I hope will be a long series of Hallie Ahern mysteries.”
William G. Tapply, author of Bitch Creek and the Brady Coyne novels.

Hear Jan Brogan talk about A Confidential Source: Jan was recently interviewed on a program called 'A Story To Tell.' Her segment is the second on this show, nearly 8 minutes into the broadcast. To listen to an audio clip of the interview, please click here

“Jan Brogan knows Rhode Island, and Hallie Ahern, her tough and compelling heroine, is the perfect tour guide. I was hooked from page one.”
Robert Leuci, author of All the Centurions and Blaze.

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