"An auspicious debut."

- Kirkus Review

The disappearance of a Tampa Bay blue blood rattles the skeletons in his family's closet. In Johnson's first novel, it's the summer of 1972, and Daniel Westcott, 68, has been named king of the pirates, to be crowned at the annual Gasparilla Queen's Party. But Westcott, who has never missed a Queen's Party, fails to attend his own coronation, and his enigmatic absence prompts an uneasy homecoming of his grandchildren, Becca, 21, an aspiring Broadway musical actress, and her estranged...

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Book Synopsis

On a summer's evening in 1972, while the band plays amid the sizzling heat at the Tampa Yacht Club,Gasparilla pirates and their ladies eagerly await the arrival of their newly crowned king, Daniel Westcott. But to their dismay, Daniel never shows up.

By the wee hours of the next morning, the townspeople are scratching their heads as members of the Westcott family deliberate whether or not to call the police. As the story unfolds, King Daniel has disappeared without a trace.

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The Clock Struck Ten

Before Adam arrived at the Westcott Mansion to pick up Becca, she was in her bedroom packing her suitcase. At the last minute she threw in the diaries she'd found on the front porch days ago.

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Upcoming Events

Pacific NW Booksellers Show
October 7, 2017

King Daniel will be featured in the Pacific NW Booksellers Show on October 7-10 at the Red Lion Hotel Located at Jantzen Beach 909 N. Hayden Island Dr. Portland, Oregon.

Frankfurter Buchmesse/Book Fest.
October 11, 2017

Frankfurt Germany is the home of the Frankfurter Buchmesse/Book Fest. On October 11-15, 2017 King Daniel will be displayed to publishers from over 100 countries. Foreword's exhibit will be in Hall 3 of the Festhalle Messe located at Messegelände, Ludwig-Erhard-Anlage 1, 60327 Frankfurt am Main.

California Book Trade Show
October 19, 2017

A great audience is cued-up for the California Book Trade Show and King Daniel will be there representing Tampa Bay. The show takes place on October 19-20 at the South San Francisco Conference Center, 255 S. Airport Blvd. in San Francisco.

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