About The Book:
His career is on the rocks. His ex-wife is demanding more money. A woman he can’t even remember accuses him of fathering her child. Newspaper reporter Mitch Corsini shrugs and takes another drink. However, when his estranged teenaged daughter mysteriously disappears, his life finally has a purpose: find the child he’s neglected for too long and rekindle the love they once shared.
Mitch’s quest takes him to the Virginia mountains and his ancestral home. There, he finds himself locked in a life or death struggle to save his daughter as seventy-year-old family secrets and the fate of a long-forgotten railroad worker combine to shatter the very foundations of his world.
The Gandy Dancer weaves parallel story lines, one modern, one set in the 1930s. Readers familiar with my first book, The Freedom Star, might appreciate the appearance of Isaac’s descendants in this fast-paced 80,000-word novel.
Jeff Andrews grew up in the small town of Moorestown, New Jersey, a stone’s throw from Philadelphia and a short drive to the Jersey shore. He is a graduate of Baldwin-Wallace College and later earned a masters degree from George Washington University. Jeff served twenty years in the U.S. Marine Corps, including tours in Vietnam and with the multinational peacekeeping forces in Beirut, Lebanon.
Jeff is the author of two novels, The Freedom Star, and The Gandy Dancer. His short stories have appeared in Combat Magazine, The Goblin Reader, The Binnacle, and Whistling Shade. He is a member of The James River Writers, the Zoetrope writing community, and The Hampton Roads Writers, where he was a founding member and served on the board of directors. Jeff is a member of the Society of Civil War Historians.
Jeff and his wife, Mary Lou, live in Virginia Beach, VA.