02 March 2017 by Published in: Writing 5 comments

Well, it’s March 2, which means I’ve just released my new novel, A Girl Apart.

This is somewhat of a departure for me, combining a conspiracy that spans decades with a mystery that’s sustained until the final pages. It features a new protagonist who will be getting her own series: Leah Mason, an investigative reporter who’s down on her luck after losing her dream job at the most prestigious newspaper in NY. Her career in shambles and her romantic life a zero, she stumbles across a conspiracy that will require all her skills to disentangle – along with a tall, dark stranger who takes her breath away.

This is the first novel featuring Leah, and I have high hopes for the concept – it’s got more twists than a silly straw and a pace that moves like a runaway train.

Here’s the blurb and cover. A Girl Apart is available on Amazon as an exclusive for 90 days.

Leah Mason is a twenty-something investigative journalist who’s hit the wall in her career and her romantic life. Forced to return to El Paso and an existence she’d hoped to leave behind forever, Leah is marking time at her old employer when she’s drawn into a conspiracy that spans decades. On the trail of the truth about the disappearance of countless young women across the border in Ciudad Juarez she runs afoul of a brutal adversary who will stop at nothing to keep the secrets of the past buried, and must use every bit of her resourcefulness if she is to survive to tell the story.
Grab this new full-length novel and see why Russell Blake is one of the top picks in mystery and action/adventure, and has earned thousands of five star reviews across over fifty books!

Old asphalt road on the background of Dramatic sunset



  1. Thu 02nd Mar 2017 at 7:22 pm

    Congrats! I grabbed a copy and shared the link all around. Break a leg with it!

  2. Alan in Australia
    Sat 11th Mar 2017 at 2:08 am

    An outstanding new work mate!!! Just finished it and can’t wait to read the next one, two, three and more!!! 🙂

    A fantastic story!!! Love the new characters, especially Leah!

    Can you imagine what could happen if she ran into Roxie and Black (and family) in California!!!

    You’re The Master at creating the most innovative and clever characters and stories. Looking forward to whatever comes next!!!!!


    • Russell Blake  –  Tue 14th Mar 2017 at 3:05 pm

      Glad you enjoyed it, Alan. Toss back a big Shiraz for me. One of the few things I miss, living in Mexico.

  3. Cindy
    Tue 21st Mar 2017 at 10:41 pm

    I’ve read almost all your books and have to say that this one is my favorite so far.. I’ve read a fair amount about the femicides in Juarez, and appreciate that your novel will help people remember reading about those atrocities and also reflect on the news they read. Please write another novel with Leah and Uriel. I’m certain his name is not a coincidence!

    • jack podesto  –  Tue 28th Mar 2017 at 7:14 pm

      Hey Russell enjoyed the Story of your leaving the U. S. in favor of Cabo. I motor homed it for over 10 years, leaving the Central Valley the day after Christmas and not returning until first part of April. That came to a halt in2002 having had some medical problems that prevented travel. I’m not a fisherman, but enjoyed the life style of the area. really miss it! thought Girl Apart was a very good read and look forward to your next endeavor.


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