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The scream tore through the building like a pregnant nun on her way to confession.

That was the cry of the most hated landlord in San Francisco taking a swan dive off the roof of his own building. Police want to treat his death as a suicide because the Mayor and press are complaining about the dismal closure rate for homicide investigations. But Sam McDougal, recently retired cop and one of the building's tenants, knows it was murder. So Sam decides to get to know his neighbors...

Two young women paying for graduate school by operating a website that reveals a lot more than their SAT scores.

A lonely jazz singer with a healthy disdain for the opposite sex. The B-movie producer with a swollen prostate and shrinking bank balance. And the two brothers at the end of the hall, who just quit their day jobs to sell pot for the Mexican mob.

The only thing they all have in common is a general agreement that their dead landlord got what he deserved—and that one of them is probably responsible.

As relationships develop and alliances shift, Sam finds himself jumping back and forth between his old life as a cop and his new one as a murder suspect, unable to decide whose side he's really on.

JUMP is a novel about finding true love in the midst of a multiple homicide.

Read the first chapter.

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Poisoned Pen Press (June 2009), # ISBN-10: 1590585747, # ISBN-13: 978-1590585740



"If you threw in the air the pages of Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express' and Elmore Leonard's Get Shorty, and then invited Monty Python to stitch them back together, you might end up with something like JUMP, Tim Maleeny's hilarious novel."
   —The Boston Globe

"We're firmly on darkly comic terra Hiaasen. Fast-paced and funny, this is a perfectly blended cocktail of escapism, with or without the beach towel."
   —Publishers Weekly

"Fast-paced, rollicking humor and characters right out of a—well, a 1930s Agatha Christie country house mystery—make this one of the best from the award-wining author of the Cape Weathers series."
   —Library Journal

"This is one hilarious yarn... Maleeny has a winning formula with this one."
   —ForeWord Magazine

"JUMP is great—rapid-fire detecting by an ex-cop who can't shake the justice habit."
   —Crimespree Magazine

"JUMP is smart, sexy, fast and funny. A great ride."
   —NY Times bestseller Robert Ferrigno, author of Sins Of The Assassin

"If you want a laugh-out-loud funny caper, a detective with a thawing heart of gold, seedy streets of San Francisco, and the cleverest of plot twists, you'll love JUMP. Maleeny is terrific, irreverent fun, and I hope Sam McGowan and his neighbors make a return appearance. What a treat!"
   —Deborah Crombie, bestselling author of Where Memories Lie

"A highly entertaining thriller."

"Another great book by the talented Maleeny—multiple suspects make this unique whodunit intense, interesting and a great read!"
   —Fresh Fiction

"Tim Maleeny covers San Francisco like the evening fog, and his prose hits like a balpeen hammer. With his latest outing, Maleeny jumps into the forefront of crime fiction writers. JUMP has legs."
   —Paul Levine, international bestselling author of Illegal

"JUMP is an attention-grabbing collision at the corner of Caper and Whodunnit—a hip, good-natured, thoroughly 21st-century book that will remind you how much fun a good old-fashioned murder mystery can be. Tim Maleeny brings it all off with humor and high style. You'll enjoy this one."
   —Sean Doolittle, bestselling author of Safer

"A traditional mystery with a modern slant. Fast and wicked, JUMP will keep you turning the pages with characters and a plot that are straight from a police blotter."
   —James O. Born, bestselling author of Burn Zone