One O’clock Jump

Book 1 of the Dorie Lennox Mysteries

First published in 2001 by St. Martins Press

Halfway around the world, war has begun, but for Dorie Lennox, a newly-minted private eye on her first tail, danger is more immediate. The dark streets of Kansas City of 1939 offer swing music, fast cars, gangsters, and the chance to forget about the Depression and her own murky past. But first she must conquer her fears and save a woman on a bridge high above the muddy Missouri. Dorie is thrown into a quickly unraveling scam that offers salvation to few — and misery to plenty — in the high stakes world of machine politics and desperation deals.The landscape of America and the homefront of World War II are evoked in a thoughtful mystery that lingers for the force of characters and keen sharpness of a slice of history seen through the perceptive, compassionate eyes of Dorie Lennox.


“Wonderful. . . a richly detailed story that quite simply gets to your heart.” — Michael Connelly

“One O’Clock Jump is like a time capsule, transporting a tale of murder, greed, and intrigue from vintage Kansas City into the present day.” — Sue Grafton

“McClendon debuts an excellent historical series, with evocative period dialogue and a story line full of surprises.” — Publishers Weekly

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