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Seattle reporter Mimi Raynard is having a bad week. Her ex-husband is now her boss at the TV station and wants her head on a platter. When three prostitutes die of a suspicious heroin overdose Mimi gets the story but in her nervous enthusiasm manages to bungle it.

At the Seattle Police Department the narcotics detective Shad Mulgrew has his own career crisis. He is framed for stealing drugs from evidence. And what is Mimi’s father doing working for Eastern Europe’s last Communists? Working together to save their reputations, Mimi and Shad look for the truth, from the fishing docks of Puget Sound to the tiny Republic of Moldova.

At turns funny, sexy, and thrilling with an edgy modern voice, Jump Cut depicts Seattle from the inside, from damp streets to dark alleys, from the islands to the top of the Space Needle, as Mimi and Shad search for answers. They wind up salvaging a lot more than their careers in a wild race to save the soul of Seattle.

JUMP CUT is available for both the Kindle and Nook.


“An engaging heroine every woman can identify with: good-natured, smart, harried, all too aware she’s growing older. She just wants to catch a break. I loved her almost as much as I loved Rory Tate’s breezy, fast-paced writing style!” –Katy Munger, award-winning author of the Casey Jones mysteries


Rory Tate is a pseudonym. As a fake author Rory attended an Ivy League college where he majored in slacking, worked in journalism behind the Iron Curtain, and never wears a ratty bathrobe while writing.

Lise McClendon studied broadcast journalism at a major land-grant institution and has been known to wear bunny slippers. She is the author of seven crime novels, including Blackbird Fly, The Bluejay Shaman, and One O’clock Jump. She teaches and critiques at the Jackson Hole Writers Conference and lives in Montana where she hikes, skis, and stalks the wily trout.