Detective novel author William Crandell to chat Jan. 20

January 14, 2022

The Lewes Public Library and Browseabout Books will welcome author William F. Crandell for an online discussion of his award-winning novel “Let’s Say Jack Kennedy Killed the Girl” at 5 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 20, via Zoom.

The first in the Jack Griffin Detective Series, Crandell’s hard-boiled adventure finds young Sen. Kennedy’s personal and political future at risk when he’s set up to take the fall for a ghastly murder. Working against time, bureaucratic red tape, his own personal demons and individuals who want him out of the way,  Griffin must identify the real killer – assuming he can survive long enough.

The book series is being published under the Milton-based Devil's Party Press crime imprint, Hawkshaw Press.

Crandell was awarded a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award for “Let’s Say Jack Kennedy Killed the Girl.” He holds a doctorate in American history from the Ohio State University and has published short stories, book reviews, scholarly articles, journalism, state and federal reports, political analyses, and congressional testimony that he presented in Washington hearings. A former Washington, D.C. speech writer, he now resides in Milton.

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Participants are encouraged to support the author by purchasing a copy of the book from local independent bookstore Browseabout Books. Each copy will be signed. Orders may be placed online at, by calling the store at 302-226-2665, or in person at 133 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach.

Devil's Party Press has announced the publication of Let's Say Jack Kennedy Killed the Girl, an original novel by award-winning author, William F. Crandell. The hard-boiled detective adventure takes place in Washington, DC, during the time when John F. Kennedy was but a young Senator. Crandell's hard-hitting novel finds Kennedy accused of murder, with his personal and professional fate in the hands of private detective Jack Griffin. The book is the first in a series of four "Griffin" novels being published under the Devil's Party Press crime imprint, Hawkshaw Press, and is available in hardcover, softcover, and eBook formats.


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