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R. Jean Reid lives and works in New Orleans. She grew up on the Mississippi Gulf coast. ROOTS OF MURDER is the first book in the Nell McGraw series. 



She also publishes under the name J.M. Redmann, the author of a mystery series featuring New Orleans private detective Michele ‘Micky’ Knight.  Her next book, THE GIRL ON THE EDGE OF SUMMER is forthcoming from Bold Strokes Books. Her latest book is THE SHOAL OF TIME. Her previous one, ILL WILL, made the American Library Association GLBT Roundtable’s 2013 Over the Rainbow list, won a Lambda Literary award and was a ForeWord award honorable mention. WATER MARK was also on the Over the Rainbow list and won a Fore Word Gold First Place mystery award. Two of her earlier books, THE INTERSECTION OF LAW & DESIRE and DEATH OF A DAYING MAN have won Lambda Literary Awards. Originally published by W.W. Norton, LAW & DESIRE was an Editor’s Choice of the San Francisco Chronicle and a recommended book on NPR’s Fresh Air. Her books have been translated into Spanish, German, Dutch, Norwegian and Hebrew. She is the co-editor with Greg Herren of three anthologies, NIGHT SHADOWS: QUEER HORROR, which was nominated for a Shirley Jackson Award, WOMEN OF THE MEAN STREETS: LESBIAN NOIR, and MEN OF THE MEAN STREETS: GAY NOIR. Redmann lives in an historic neighborhood in New Orleans. 


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