One Drop

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OneDrop_lg Alice Wilson-Fried

Bink Books
206 pp. ● 5.5×8.5
$15.95 (pb) ● $7.99 (eb)
ISBN 978-1-949290-48-6 (pb)

FICTION / Thrillers / Crime
FICTION / Thrillers / Suspense

Publication date: August 2020

About the Book

Ladonis Washington, a bold, smart, and ambitious Black woman, dreams of becoming the first female vice president of the Floating Palace Steamboat Company in New Orleans where she works as the director of public relations.

The charter sales coordinator and Ladonis’s workplace nemesis, Bunnie Sinclair, is accused of killing the richest man in town. Now, Ladonis has to protect her company from the tarnish of a high-profile murder case. She asks an old friend, who is a renowned lawyer to defend Bunnie. The lawyer in turn asks Ladonis to take on the role of private investigator to secure the evidence he believes will clear Bunnie.

In the midst of this mess, Ladonis learns her mother is deathly ill and hurricane Katrina is bearing down on New Orleans. Now, more than ever, Ladonis has to call upon that steely determination that helped her attain her corporate ambitions to face these new life and death obstacles.


“People who are from New Orleans, and those that call it home, understand that it is a special and unique place. Alice Wilson-Fried’s novel, One Drop, captures the spirit and essence of New Orleans with its entertaining and colorful characters. Having hurricane Katrina as a foreboding backdrop, adds to the suspense as the the main characters weave in and out of danger.” — Dr. Calvin Mackie, New Orleans, LA

“I enjoyed reading Alice Wilson-Fried’s impressive latest mystery, One Drop, set in New Orleans. It is a fast-paced satisfying story with clever humor, a dead billionaire, a family’s drama, complex and secret race relations and one tropical storm about to become a hurricane named Katrina. Everything is riding on Ladonis Washington, the first Black PR director of a steamboat company, with aspirations to become the first woman Vice President. The price of failure could be tragic for Ladonis and her innocent co-worker, for family members who rely on Ladonis, and for the survival of the Floating Palace Steamboat Company. I feel 100% positive about the excellence of this mystery.” — Elizabeth Lyon, Book Editor and Best Selling Author of The Sell Your Novel Tool Kit and Manuscript Makeover

“I’d follow Ladonis Washington, the “accidental” detective from Outside Child, anywhere! In One Drop, she takes on another New Orleans mystery, and shares her thoughts, and the wry comments of her brother, HeartTrouble, as they contend with race relations, corruption, hurricane Katrina and, of course, murder. Alice’s insights about interracial attitudes are as compelling as the plot.” — Marilee Scholl, Retired Teacher, Turning Pages Book Club, Vacaville, CA