Jonathan Stone does most of his writing on the commuter train between the Connecticut suburbs and Manhattan, where he is the creative director of a midtown advertising agency. His fifth novel, Moving Day, was published in May 2014. It was a Kindle First selection, and has been optioned for film by Nick Wechsler and Steve Schwartz. His forthcoming novel The Teller, will be published in May 2015.
He has short stories in the two most recent Mystery Writers of America anthologies. His short story "East Meets West," appears in the collection "Ice Cold - Tales of Intrigue from the Cold War," (2104) edited by Jeffery Deaver. And his short story, "Hedge", appeared in the previous MWA anthology, "The Mystery Box", edited by Brad Meltzer (2013).
A graduate of Yale, Jon is married, with a son and daughter in college. For more, be sure to check out his website jonathanstonebooks.com
Chas is a detective who doesn’t stake out cheating husbands, track down missing persons, or match wits with femmes fatales. Instead of pounding the pavement, he taps a computer keyboard. He can get the goods on anyone, and it’s all to make sure superstar Las Vegas mind reader Wallace the Amazing stays amazing. Thanks to Chas’s steady stream of stealthy intel, Wallace’s mental “magic” packs houses every night.
But when someone threatens to call the psychic showman’s bluff, the sweet gig takes a sour—and sinister—turn. Who’s the clean-cut couple gunning for Wallace with an arsenal of dirty tricks? Why does Wallace keep upping the ante instead of backing down? And just how much does Chas really know about his mysterious boss’s life…or his own? The tangled truth—of blackmail, kidnapping, and false identities—quickly becomes the biggest case of his strange, secret career.
Elaine Kelly – a sweet-natured, financially struggling young bank teller at a branch in Queens, NY – has a regular customer named Antonio Desirio –an old man who’s all alone in the world – it’s just him and his savings. When he’s hit by a truck while crossing the busy street in front of the bank (before his latest deposit even clears) she impulsively switches his savings to her own account. But the truck hitting the old man was no accident. And he wasn’t just some lonely old man. And Elaine is in a world of trouble. “The Teller” is about sex, power, data, ethics, and banks that are just too damn big.
Forty years’ accumulation of art, antiques, and family photographs are more than just objects for Stanley Peke—they are proof of a life fully lived. A life he could have easily lost long ago.
When a con man steals his houseful of possessions in a sophisticated moving-day scam, Peke wanders helplessly through his empty New England home, inevitably reminded of another helpless time: decades in Peke’s past, a cold and threadbare Stanislaw Shmuel Pecoskowitz eked out a desperate existence in the war-torn Polish countryside, subsisting on scraps, dodging Nazi soldiers. Now, the seventy-two-year-old Peke—who survived, came to America, and succeeded—must summon his original grit and determination, to track down the thieves, retrieve his things, and restore the life he made for himself.
Peke and his wife, Rose, trace the path of the thieves’ truck across America, to the wilds of Montana, and to an ultimate, chilling confrontation with not only the thieves, but with Peke’s brutal, unresolved past.