Author returns with new novel

From Press Reports

Joe Lee, a Brandon resident who grew up in Starkville and graduated from Mississippi State University, will sign copies of his brand-new suspense thriller, “Last Chance Texaco” (Dogwood Press, 2012), at the Webster County Public Library at 11:30 A.M. Monday. 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 bestselling author Jill Conner Browne, the creator of the internationally known Sweet Potato Queens. “Thanks, Joe Lee, for a thoroughly captivating page-turner. Great read!”

Susan O’Bryan, writing in Town & Gown Magazine of Starkville, said, “suspense that builds page after page. It’s a pace that we’ve come to expect from this author.” 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 fellow Mississippi authors Valerie Winn of Gautier, John M. Floyd of Brandon, Jim Ritchie of Canton, Mike Windham of Brookhaven and Barbie Bassett of Madison.

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.

Admission is free. Lunch will be prepared by the Friends of the Library. The Webster County Public Library is located at 202 W. Fox Ave. Call 258-7515 to reserve signed copies. Visit for more information about all Dogwood Press titles.