Distortion: A Novel by Lucie Smoker, a crime novel set in Houston

Buzz Books Swarm imprint

Release date: October 30, 2012 in trade paperback and ebook

Where to buy:


Trade paperback on Amazon

Trade paperback and nook ebook on Barnes and Noble

Kindle ebook

Distortion is available nearly worldwide, so we hope to hear from readers around the world.

Retailers: Distortion is available on iPage at Ingram. Thank you for ordering for your store.

About the book:

“Just when you think you know what’s about to happen – you don’t. Filled with twists and surprises and fresh ideas. Addie Proust is a unique character and a welcome addition to the fictional landscape.” – bestselling author William Bernhardt

Artist Adele Proust is over her ex, activist Jack Thomas—well, sort of. When he climbs a 64-story bank tower, she isn’t moved. When he exposes that bank’s shady foreclosures, she isn’t impressed. Adele knows Jack. He’s up to something else.At a 3-chord punk bar, Adele slams down a Shiner with her best friend, Marvin. She wants to forget Jack, but when shouts of “Fire!” send the nightclub into chaos, she ends up stumbling over a slashed-up corpse. The details of that murder scene etch into her memory, then she’s yanked away. The nightclub is in flames.

Any clues to the slasher burn with that corpse except Adele brings them back in a painting, distorted. She paints the background huge with the victim in front, but small. Her signature technique brings out a pivotal clue: a paper currency strap.  Thugs with big guns come after Adele.

Sure, the FBI can protect her, but they want something too. That victim was one of their agents and the murder suspects include Jack Thomas and her best friend, Marvin. Without explaining much, the FBI asks Adele to spy on her friends for her country.

Adele refuses until someone starts killing her friends.  Now she’ll use the the FBI, the clues–and even her friends–to save them. Download the pdf of Chapter 1:

Distortion- Chapter 1 by Lucie Smoker

About Lucie Smoker:
A former activist in Houston’s infamous Montrose art district, Lucie Smoker is now a stay-at-home mom and homeschooler who works part-time in the evenings and writes crime fiction. She doesn’t sleep much.
October 31: Absolute Write Water Cooler’s All Hallows Eve Thread and Blog Tour
November 3:  Launch Party and in-store Mystery at Hastings Books, Enid

November 11:  In-store Mystery and Book Signing at Hastings in College Station Gig ‘em Aggies!
November 12:  Crime City Central (UK) will feature the first chapter of DISTORTION on their radio/podcast. Also an iTunes download.
November 12:  KPFT Houston’s Larry Payne interview on “Interchange” at 8pm; also available as a podcast after it airs
November 12:  Guest post on Sara Jayne Townsend’s “Imaginary Friends’ blog
November 15:  In-store Mystery and Book Signing at Domy Bookshop/Gallery, Houston

November 16: Guest post on Jungle Reds blog
December 13:  Mom’s Night Out and Book Signing, Northpark Mall, OKC
(TBA:  Early January Mystery blog tour with other writers from AW)
January 12, 2013:  In-store Mystery and Book Signing at Hastings Books, Norman, OK
Go behind the scenes with author Lucie Smoker to hear how she developed DISTORTION:

Song List for Distortion:

Since I actually listen to music a lot while I write, this has been edited way down to the songs that had the strongest effect on this book.
1)  The Cult, “Sanctuary” 
2) U2, “Bullet the Blue Sky” (only the live version from Rattle and Hum)
3) Radiohead, “Karma Police” 
4) Deadmau5, “The Veldt” 
5) Chronique, “Night’s Calling” 
6) Psychedelic Furs “Midnight to Midnight”
%d bloggers like this: