Special Agent Dagny Gray is smart, athletic, and fearless. She’s also fragile, depressed, and anorexic. If she doesn’t get healthy soon, the FBI will drop her—and she’ll never have a chance to end the crime spree of the so-called “bubble gum thief.”
It all started with the theft of a pack of gum, and the ominous note he left behind: THIS IS MY FIRST CRIME. MY NEXT WILL BE BIGGER. Every two weeks, he delivers on this pledge, committing a bigger crime, and promising that the next will be even worse. When petty theft gives way to bloody murder, the stakes become clear. He may have begun with the smallest crime possible, but he’s building toward the biggest crime imaginable.
There’s a method to the gum thief’s madness, and Special Agent Dagny Gray knows she can figure it out…if the Bureau will let her. But will it be in time to prevent the cataclysmic finale of his escalating spree?
Booklist, starred review: ”There are lots of twists and turns here, and just when the case appears to be solved, it isn’t. A gripping plot and a terrific cast leave the reader hoping that this is the first of a series; these characters are too good for just one book.”
Stacy Alesi, Bookbitch: Named The Bubble Gum Thief as the best crime fiction debut of 2012.
Deadly Pleasures Mystery Magazine: ”Jeff Miller has serious plotting chops … . The Bubble Gum Thief is deliciously complex and entertaining… . Jeff Miller will be a must-read for me.” The magazine named The Bubble Gum Thief as one of the best books of 2012.Mysterious Reviews: ”The Bubble Gum Thief is a terrifically entertaining novel … . The narrative is smartly written, the dialog realistic, the actions on the part of all involved credible… . The Bubble Gum Thief really is an amazing ride and a fine start to this series.”Cleveland Plain Dealer: “Miller, an Ohio-based writer, brings a few new twists to the mystery genre … . As the crimes grow more heinous, we are drawn into the life of a complex FBI agent intriguing enough to follow in this planned series. [Miller] surprises us by pulling it together in the end.”Indian Prairie Public Library, Current Pick: ”The intriguing plot and well-crafted characters turn this 428 page mystery into a quick and satisfying read.”San Diego County Library, Recommended Read: “The Bubble Gum Thief is a mystery that will keep you guessing and wondering until the very end.”
“One of the best, most engrossing books that I have read in a long time. Looking forward impatiently to further Dagny Gray thrillers.” ; “This is one terrifically entertaining thriller: it’s clever, twisty and compelling… . .A wonderfully unique top-notch mystery!”; “You know when you read and the book was ok, and you pick up another one and it was just ok too and then you pick up another one and it was so good you didn’t want it to end? Well that happened with ‘The Bubble Gum Thief’ by Jeff Miller.”; “With The Bubble Gum Thief (Thomas & Mercer December 2012), Jeff Miller has surely launched what will be a brilliant writing career.”; “Whew, I really needed this: a brilliantly written mystery that doesn’t resort to trite templates of action novels as an alternative to excellent character development and a magnetic plot. … Strongly recommended! If Amazon’s looking for a new feature to add to their web site, how about notifying me when Mr. Miller publishes his next novel — I’ll be sure to buy it.”;