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Daniel J. Barrett was born in Rutland, Vermont, and has lived his entire life in Troy, New York, ten miles north of Albany. He is a graduate of both Siena College in Loudonville, New York, with a BS in Finance, and from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, with an MBA in Management. Dan has had a varied career with extensive international experience, traveling worldwide.

An avid reader, and inspired by numerous authors, Dan has read over 1,600 books in the last several years in preparation to write his first novel, Conch Town Girl, to be published by Black Opal Books on November 1, 2014. He continues to work, as a grant writing and education consultant, serving those most at risk in the Capital Region of New York State, and is now working on his next novel.

As a new member of the International Thriller Writers (ITW), Mr. Barrett has his new book, Conch Town Girl, showcased in the ITW’s January 2015 Newsletter sent to over 24,000 authors and readers. Mr. Barrett’s latest novel in the Joe Traynor and Julie Chapman series is Can’t Sing or Dance, to be released by Black Opal Books on May 2, 2015.

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Daniel J. Barrett



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Conch Town Girl
Black Opal Books, Parkdale, Oregon. Ms. Lauri Wellington, Acquisitions Editor.
978-626941-95-3 / 978-1-626941-94-6
Julie Chapman grew up in Key Largo, a tenth-generation Conch, raised in the Florida Keys by her grandmother, Tillie, since Julie���s parents were deceased. Then one night Tillie has a car accident and ends up in a coma, leaving Julie and her best friend Joe to wonder if it really was an accident. As Julie and Joe start digging for the truth, they uncover some dark and desperate secrets that can not only cause them a good deal of trouble, but also cost them their lives.



Can't Sing or Dance
Black Opal Books

Retired Chief Petty Officer Tom Jones was murdered in his apartment complex in Orlando in what appeared to be a drug deal gone badly. The police won���t even do an autopsy on a dead drug dealer. Coast Guard Chief Warrant Officer Joe Traynor is asked by Tom���s daughter to look into his death. His investigation ultimately leads to the largest meth case on the southeastern seaboard. In the meantime, the Russian Mafia, unhappy with being ripped off by Julie Chapman���s father, seek revenge. Her father���s death, once again comes back to haunt her and her grandmother, Tillie, placing their lives���and Joe���s���in danger once again.



Mr. Barrett has lived all his life in Troy, New York.

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