You probably know Senior Deputy District Attorney Joyce Dudley more as a subject of news stories than a spinner of fictional yarns, but it’s true: This month Dudley the crime/mystery author released her second self-published novel, a tale of arson, rape, murder, and mountain hideaways called Intoxicating Agent. It’s a follow-up to her debut Justice Served, and again stars Jordon Danner, whom Dudley admits is a pumped-up version of herself. Here are five reasons why you should pick it up from dudleybook.com or bookstores around town.
1. It’s set in Santa Barbara — with all the familiar fixings of KEYT, Isla Vista, Cottage Hospital, plus thinly veiled names of our town’s minor celebs — and who doesn’t love reading about places they know?
2. It’s a fast-moving, 217-page, 48-hour romp through numerous crimes, so you could easily read it in one weekend.
3. It gives a unique and enlightening perspective on the way justice is served in this town, focusing — albeit fictionally — on the dynamics of relationships between cops, firefighters, judges, the media, and attorneys.
4. About three-quarters of the way through the book, Jordon Danner stumbled across an article on alcoholic blackouts in The Indy written by editor Matt Kettmann. Aside from being our shamelessly selfish plug, it also shows that Dudley is helping shine light on how the conundrum of blackouts is being dealt with in the legal realm.
5. Lastly, the author’s a ruthlessly talented prosecutor, and if by chance you land in her courtroom, perhaps she’ll treat you a little nicer if you’re familiar with Danner’s adventures.