The Black Tortoise

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The Black Tortoise: A Peter Strand Mystery
by Ronald Tierney

Peter Strand is half Chinese and half Cherokee and was adopted by an elderly white couple from Phoenix. Now he's a forensic accountant in San Francisco, where he's struggling with his identity.

When his employer asks him to investigate a San Francisco-based nonprofit organization, Strand meets a cast of quirky characters who all seem to be hiding a secret. Peter soon finds evidence of a probable fraud, but when fraud leads to murder, he's drawn deeper into a murky mystery.

The Black Tortoise is the second book in the Peter Strand Mystery series.

Fry Reading Level: 4.8
ISBN: 9781459812406
Pub Date: March 21, 2017
Price: $9.95

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About the author

Ronald Tierney's The Stone Veil introduced semi-retired private investigator 'Deets" Shanahan. The book was nominated for the Private Eye Writers of America’s Shamus Award for Best First Novel. The most recent, Killing Frost, is the eleventh in a series Booklist said was "packed with new angles and delights." Before writing mysteries, Tierney was founding editor of NUVO, an Indianapolis alternative newspaper, and the editor of several other periodicals. Ronald lives in San Francisco, where he continues to write. For more information, visit


Crimespree Magazine—April 3, 2017
"[A] terrific classic mystery."


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