Elaine Viets Dead-End Worker

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Elaine Viets started working at age sixteen for minimum wage.

More than thirty years later, she is still working for minimum wage. But this time, it’s for her new Dead-End Job series.

In each book, she works a different awful job. Elaine has been hung up on, cussed out and propositioned in pursuit of the worst Dead-End Job. As a telemarketer, she sold septic tank cleaner from Altoona to Altamont. As a dress store clerk, she shoehorned women into tight dresses. As a bookseller, she created long lines by jamming her cash register.

Fortunately, readers are also lining up to read about the adventures of Helen Hawthorne in her wacky new series, set in South Florida.

SHOP TILL YOU DROP is the first book in this new series from Signet. It’s followed by MURDER BETWEEN THE COVERS and DYING TO CALL YOU.

Elaine was nominated for three Agathas in 2003 for SHOP and her short stories, “Red Meat” from Blood on Their Hands and “Sex and Bingo” from High Stakes. Both anthologies are from Berkley Prime Crime.


SHOP TILL YOU DROP, a paperback original from Signet. ISBN 0-451-20855-2

MURDER BETWEEN THE COVERS, a paperback original from Signet. ISBN 0-451-21081-6

DYING TO CALL YOU, a paperback original from Signet. Due out in October 2004. ISBN 0-451-21332-7

That’s what best-selling Florida author Tim Dorsey calls Elaine Viets’ new Dead-End Job series.In this new South Florida series, Helen Hawthorne is on the run after she caught her husband with their neighbor, Sandy. Helen picked up a crowbar and wound up on the lam in South Florida, with a wacky set of characters.

In SHOP TILL YOU DROP, the first in novel the series, Helen sells bustiers to bimbos at a dress shop that caters to kept women. It’s a hilarious look at the minimum wage world.

“I loved this book. With a stubborn and intelligent heroine, a wonderful South Florida setting, and a cast of more-or-less lethal bimbos, SHOP TILL YOU DROP provides tons of fun. Six-toed cats, expensive clothes, sexy guys on motorcycles — this book has it all.
–Charlaine Harris, author of Club Dead

“Elaine Viets has come up with all the ingredients for an irresistible mystery: a heroine with a sense of humor and a gift for snappy dialogue, an atmospheric South Florida backdrop, a cast of entertaining secondary characters, and some really nasty crimes. I’m looking forward to the next installment in her new Dead-End Job series.”
–Jane Heller, New York Times bestselling author of Lucky Stars

“I am very happy to announce that Elaine is back in full force and top form.”
— Joanne Sinchuk, Murder on the Beach bookstore newsletter

“Elaine Viets is fabulous. I fell in love with her dead-on funny Dead-End Job mysteries and so will you.”
–Jerrilyn Farmer, author of Mumbo Gumbo