Press Release: “The Sketching Detective”, by Jack McCormac

indexFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 22, 2015

CLEMSON, S.C. – Nightclub dancers, a murderous plot and a race against time. These are just a few plotlines in The Sketching Detective, Jack McCormac latest novel since leaving the world of civil engineering to write mystery thrillers.

“This is a detective novel for the 21st century, full of surprises, wit and intelligence,” McCormac said. “Jack McKay, a university professor, is going to put his unlikely detective skills to use once again after solving the case of the murdered showgirl-and almost ending his marriage.”

The doubting police chief, Fat Joe, is asking for Jack’s help in uncovering the murderer of Sam Campbell, a grouchy, miserly neighbor of Jack’s. Jack wants to refuse to help the police on this case because of the trouble working on the previous case caused him but his wife, the lovely and feisty Fiona, demands that Jack help the police.

In an effort to win Fiona back, or at least get her to move back into their home; Jack puts all his efforts into solving Sam’s murder and clearing Bob’s name. Jack and Fiona’s whole neighborhood tries to get in on finding the murderer too, causing a number of mishaps, and even more surprises.

“After navigating the many twists and turns of the plot of the sketching detective and discovering the truth behind Sam’s dark past, Jack uncovers the true identity of the murderer and it could not be more surprising,” said McCormac.

Readers of all ages will delight in the wonderfully intelligent, devilishly, charming, and delightfully intriguing adventures of Jack McKay.

 The Sketching Detective

About the author

Jack McCormac, a native of South Carolina, is a Professor Emeritus of Civil Engineering at Clemson University. He is the author of a number of well-known civil engineering textbooks. These texts, which have been used for required courses at more than 500 universities around the world, have been translated into many different languages. The Sketching Detective is his first attempt at fiction. Engineering News Record, working in collaboration with the engineering and architecture societies of the United States and Europe, selected Jack for their list of the 125 greatest engineers or architects in the world over the last 125 years. Only five of the 125 listed were university professors.

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