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The Poisoned Pencil Announces the Upcoming Release of Death Spiral by Janie Chodosh:
Death Spiral will be available nationwide on April 1, 2014

SCOTTSDALE, Arizona – The Poisoned Pencil announces the upcoming release of Death Spiral, Book 1 of the Faith Flores Science Mysteries by Janie Chodosh. Death Spiral will be available in trade paper (ISBN: 978-1-9293-4500-7, $10.95, 310 pages) and eBook ($5.99) editions on April 1, 2014.

The debut release from young adult mystery publisher The Poisoned Pencil, Death Spiral is an edgy tale introducing Faith Flores, a determined sixteen year old with a troubled past.

About Death Spiral:  Life is tough when you have a junkie for a mom. But when Faith Flores—scientist wannabe, loner, new girl in town—finds her mom dead on the bathroom floor, she refuses to believe her mom really OD’d. But the cops have closed the case and Faith’s Aunt T, with whom she now lives in the Philly ‘burbs, wants Faith to let go and move on.

But a note from Melinda, her mom’s junkie friend, leads Faith to a seedy downtown methadone clinic. Were her mom and Melinda trying to get clean?
When Melinda dies of an overdose, Faith tracks down the scientists behind the trial running at the methadone clinic. Soon she’s cutting school and lying to everyone—her aunt, her best friend, even the cops. Everyone, that is, except the strangely alluring Jesse, who believes the “real” education’s on the street and whose in-your-face honesty threatens to invade Faith’s self-imposed no-dating rule. A drug-dealer named Rat-Catcher warns Faith to back off, but it doesn’t stop Faith from confronting a genetics professor with a guilty conscience. When the medical examiner’s body winds up in the Schuylkill River, Faith realizes if she doesn’t act fast, she may be the next body in the morgue. Can Faith stop this deal gone bad from taking a sharp turn for the worse?

According to Sarah Lovett, award-winning author of Desperate Silence, “Death Spiral is a powerful, riveting debut. I love Faith Flores—she’s sixteen, whip-smart, gritty, tenacious and real. I’m hooked.”

Janie Chodosh is a scientist wannabe and a naturalist. Janie has spent the last decade teaching high school English and middle school science. When not writing or obsessing about writing, Janie can be found with her family in various outdoor pursuits including bird watching, rock climbing, or trying to grow a garden in the arid southwest. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with her daughter, stepson, and husband. Death Spiral is her first novel.

An imprint of Poisoned Pen Press, one of the largest publishers of mysteries in the country, The Poisoned Pencil is a young adult mystery publisher committed to publishing original, high-quality mystery books for teens and adults. The Poisoned Pencil will publish its second young adult mystery, Disconnected by Lisa M. Cronkhite, in June. Visit The Pencil online at:

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