Colorado Springs Mystery-Suspense Novel by Local Award-Winning Author -- PUSHBACK by John E. Stith

PUSHBACK is a mystery-suspense novel set in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The author, John E. Stith, is a long-time resident of Colorado Springs.

Colorado Springs writer John E. Stith's work has included bestsellers and international awards and nominations, including a Nebula Award finalist. His stories have been published in venues as varied as Nature and Analog Science Fiction and Science Fact. His novels have been published by Tor Books, Ace Books, the Science Fiction Book Club, and numerous foreign publishers. His ninth novel is PUSHBACK, a suspense thriller set in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

PUSHBACK was a finalist for the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense, as well as a finalist for the Colorado Author's League Award and a finalist for the Book Excellence Award.

Diana Gabaldon (New York Times bestselling author of OUTLANDER) said of PUSHBACK, "Some people dream about going to their high-school reunion in their underwear.  Dave Barlow goes to his and finds himself worse than naked--unrecognized.  A lovely, twisty thriller that moves like a roller coaster--ratcheting up the suspense, then plunging into crisis, or doing a swift loop-the-loop through the flashbacks of PTSD before the climb starts again."

Some of the Colorado Springs (and surroundings) locations featured in PUSHBACK include Ivywild School, Millibo Art Theatre, Blue Star Restaurant, Kissing Camels, Anytime Fitness, Briarhurst Manor, Cy's Drive-In, and the Penrose Hospital ER, Fiesta Restaurant and Pikes Peak Paradise in Woodland Park, and Black Forest.

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Mysterious Book Report said, "...meticulously well-plotted and insightful novel of psychological suspense that plumbs the deepest depths of the human heart and soul."

The Big Thrill said, "Ordinary Hijacked by Extraordinary, With Comedy."

Criminal Minds said, "... reported through the wry voice of John Stith, who serves up this surprising tale with his customary eye for detail, keen sense of humor, and immersion in decades of popular culture."

Short Book Review says "The dramatic story is extremely well handled, but most of all, it’s a compassionate, humane tale of the resourcefulness of a deeply damaged, yet sympathetic, courageous, loving person. Ultimately, it’s as much a story of hope as a page-turner thriller."

PUSHBACK is available in hardcover, trade paperback, ebook, and audiobook from and all major online booksellers. See for more information.

Signed copies are generally available at Hooked on Books in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Read an excerpt for free here.