Dead Air


Beautiful young television anchor Shawn Forrest is found dead in her Jackson apartment, an apparent victim of foul play. Homicide detectives Jerome Washington and Tim McDaniel swiftly discover that although Shawn was adored on camera, she made her Channel Five colleagues miserable and was despised by them. Did one of them kill her? Or was it Shawn’s husband, who admits he stalked Shawn and had a key to her apartment, or was she murdered at all? Even the medical examiner isn’t sure.

As Washington and McDaniel pursue their leads, Channel Five reporter Carolyn Davis does her own digging inside the newsroom. She uncovers crucial evidence, then finds a knife jammed into the front door of her house. Terrified that she’s the next target, she confides in Washington and turns the investigation on its side. In the end, seven people are indicted by the ambitious district attorney, including murder charges filed against Shawn’s husband. The stage is set for a highly-anticipated trial which attracts the attention of the national press, but a stunning series of events leaves the case against the husband in pieces and many questions about Shawn’s death unanswered.

“…Besides entertaining readers as armchair sleuths, Lee gives them a glimpse of what’s found on the other side of the camera. And it’s certainly not always pretty.”
—Susan O’Bryan, The Clarion-Ledger

“I’m impressed with his ability to catch the newsroom flavor and mix it with CSI and Law & Order and never lose the atmosphere of Jackson. A fast and furious read and a great second outing.”
—Gene Edwards, former WAPT-16 news anchor

“A spellbinding murder mystery and an honest depiction of the cut-throat broadcast industry from someone who has been there. Characters so real you feel like you know them.”
—Stephanie Strickland Garriga, former WJTV-12 news anchor

“An extremely enjoyable read…”
—Danny McKenzie, Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal

“…a fun read and a race to the finish to ferret out the good guys from the bad guys…”
—Augusta Scattergood,

“…Like all great mystery writers, Lee holds even the non-mystery fan’s attention with his in-depth view of the local TV news industry.”
—Jim Fraiser, Northside Sun