J.T. Ellison’s “So Close the Hand of Death”

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J.T. Ellison is the New York Times and USA Today best selling author of seventeen critically acclaimed novels.  One series of thrillers stars Nashville homicide detective Lt. Taylor Jackson, who hunts down serial killers – sometimes with the help of her love interest, FBI profiler Dr. John Baldwin.

It was a thrill for me to read this passage in chapter twenty-five in “So Close the Hand of Death,” the No. 6 novel in Ellison’s Lt. Taylor Jackson series:

“Here we go,” Mrs. Anderson sang out. “Let’s see, do you have anything to write with?”

“Absolutely,” Baldwin answered, drawing a small black Quo Vadis Habana notebook from his pocket. Taylor had bought it for him online and he carried it with him everywhere.  He needed to order some more, this one was nearly full.  He’d developed a taste for fine Clairefontaine paper, felt like quite the dandy when he felt the perfect ink to lay down.

He opened to a clean page and said, “Go ahead whenever you’re ready.”

Thank you J.T. Ellison, Lt. Taylor and Dr. Baldwin for your love of Habana notebooks!  

In honor of J.T. Ellison, we have three black, pocket Habana notebooks to raffle off!  Please comment on this post by August 16th.  Extra points if you tell me the page where quote appears!


8 thoughts on “J.T. Ellison’s “So Close the Hand of Death”

  1. Ooh, J.T. Ellison, a new author to try! Like Detective Taylor Jackson, I love, Clairefontaine paper, so smooth, so perfect for my fountain pen collection!!!

    Thank you!

  2. Such an unexpected treat today, discovering a new author. I’ve been looking hard for the right paper, that grabs lead and ink — maybe this notebook will be it. Thank you.

  3. How exciting…I can’t wait to read the book! I am going to download it now from Amazon. Obviously, since I haven’t read it yet, I don’t know what page it is on. The Clairefontaine paper sounds amazing. I just looked it up. I would love to win and experience this paper for myself!
    Barb B. CZT

  4. You can imagine MY thrill when I reading my blogs last night and saw this post. Thank you for the shout out. We’re spreading the contest far and wide. And Karen, a private note coming your way…

  5. I love it when characters in books appreciate fine paper and pens like I do. I recently read Anna Karenina for the first time and her husband often notes his pleasure in using quality writing implements.

  6. I enjoy reading J.T. Ellison, though I am not familiar with this title. It’s fun when an author references some real item and if I don’t know what that item is, it will lead me on a Google chase until I track it down. In this case, I know the joys of using a fountain pen on Clairefontaine paper.

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