Donnelly is a Science Hill High School graduate who earned a degree in economics from East Tennessee State University in 1967. After graduation, he joined the Kingsport Press’ management training program. Through the years, he changed jobs a couple of times, but always remained in the book manufacturing business. Much of his time was spent in Manhattan with The Maple-Vail Book Manufacturing Group. That company sent Donnelly to Gatlinburg to open a Southeast sales office. Donnelly retired from Maple-Vail in 2009 and now writes full-time.“Three Devils Dancing” ($24.95, Hummingbird Books, in association with John F. Blair, Publisher) is Donnelly’s third mystery about Tennessee private investigator Donald Youngblood. Donnelly, who grew up in Johnson City and makes his home in Gatlinburg, is also the author of “Three Deuces Down” (2008) and “Three Days Dead” (2009).
In “Three Devils Dancing,” released this month, all the usual players return, and this becomes Youngblood’s biggest case yet. His quiet home life has become a bit more complicated with live-in love Mary Sanders and quasi-daughter Lacy Malone ruling the roost. Then a father’s plea for justice for his dead daughter leads Youngblood into a maze of murder as he tries to unravel the mystery of a strange tattoo that is part of a deadly game with rules so sinister only the devil himself would approve.
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