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Three Deuces Down: A Donald Youngblood Mystery

Keith Donnelly

NewSouth Books
$21.95 paperback
6 x 9
285 pages
Published in 2008

Bored Wall Street whiz kid Donald Youngblood returns to his East Tennessee hometown and on a whim gets a Private Investigator license. Joined by his best friend Billy Two Feathers, a full-blooded Cherokee Indian, they open Cherokee Investigations and for a few years work small cases and just hang out.

Then Don is summoned by the rich and powerful Joseph Fleet to find his missing daughter and son-in-law. As Don and Billy go through the motions of investigating the disappearance, a sinister plot unfolds complicated by a restless girlfriend, a beautiful blond police officer, a New York mob boss, and a killer on the loose with Don in his sights.

From the backwoods of Tennessee to the coast of Florida to the streets of New York and halfway around the world, Donald Youngblood, with the help of some well-connected friends and a nose for trouble, chases an elusive and deadly foe to extract the ultimate revenge and realizes the chase will change his life forever.


“Put together a successful Wall Street dropout itching for excitement and a scion of a local family who is having a hard time with the possible demise of his daughter and mysterious son-in-law, and you've got the makings of a good detective thriller. In his first novel, Three Deuces Down, Keith Donnelly introduces Donald Youngblood and his pals—both current and those I-haven't-talked-to-in-a-while-but-I-need-a-favor—and leads us down a path centered in his East Tennessee roots. Scattered through past loves, current flames and a few social possibilities—along with a mob boss looking for revenge—and this amateur detective has his hands full. Donnelly provides a full range of colorful characters. From a Cherokee Indian partner to wheelchair-bound ex-police chief, the one thing they have in common is a willingness to take risks to join in doing the right thing, with Youngblood just the guy to stretch things a bit to make sure justice is served. Does Youngblood come up with the bad guy in the end? First, you have to figure out who the villain really is, and the detective's journey up and down the East Coast makes for a good adventure, for both him and the reader.” —BostonNOW, Edward Clarkin
“Keith Donelly's debut novel Three Deuces Down: A Donald Youngblood Mystery is a suspenseful adventure following Donald Youngblood, a Wall Street genius turned private investigator on a whim, and Billy Two Feathers, a full-blooded Cherokee Indian, who opens Cherokee Investigations with him to work small cases together. When the wealthy and powerful Joseph Fleet demands that Donald and Billy find his missing daughter and son-in-law, they become submerged in a nefarious plot involving a killer on the loose, a restless girlfriend, and a beautiful but determined blond police officer. A high-stakes conflict ensues, where cunning is just as crucial to staying alive as dexterity and sweat! The forthcoming second Donald Youngblood mystery, Three Days Dead, can't arrive soon enough.” —Midwest Book Review