MSU grad rolls out new novel in Columbus

November 21, 2012 10:42:52 AM



Joe Lee, a Brandon resident who grew up in Starkville and graduated from Mississippi State University, will sign copies of his latest suspense thriller, "Last Chance Texaco" (Dogwood Press, 2012), at Books A Million of Columbus at 11 a.m. Friday. First-edition, signed copies of "Last Chance Texaco" will be available for $22.95 plus tax.  


"Last Chance Texaco" is the fourth volume of the Oakdale suspense series that began with "Judgment Day."  


"All are set in a fictional small town in north Mississippi," Lee said. "This book rolls out a new protagonist, Chris Brantley, who stops at a convenience store as he's leaving Oakdale after a 10K road race. His life changes forever -- in both good ways and terrifying ones -- when he runs into an ex-girlfriend he hasn't seen in 20 years." 


"Finally, more about those Oakdale folks," said New York Times best-selling author Jill Conner Browne, the creator of the internationally-known Sweet Potato Queens.  


In the Madison Herald, J.C. Patterson said, "Joe Lee's deadly soap opera is a quick and passionate read with Mississippi characters you know, love and hate." 


Lee is the owner and editor-in-chief of Dogwood Press, a small but traditional publishing company headquartered in Brandon. Dogwood Press has published other Mississippi authors including Valerie Winn of Gautier, John M. Floyd of Brandon and Jim Ritchie of Canton.  


In spring 2013, Dogwood Press will publish the latest John Floyd collection of mystery-suspense short stories, "Deception," and "Watermark," the suspense thriller from first-time novelist Michael Hewes of Gulfport, late next year. 


Books A Million is located in Leigh Mall on U.S. Highway 45 in Columbus. Call 662-327-5447 to reserve signed copies. Visit for more information about all Dogwood Press titles.