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Eminent Domain

Published by Indigo River Publishing
Distributed by Simon & Schuster


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About The Book

“…a crackerjack read, very satisfying as a novel with its exciting twists and turns, yet at the same time insightful and funny…” – Eric Wilson, Author of Murder on the Canadian

Brett Simmons and the town of Lenore are inextricably linked. Brett Simmons, the brash, wise-cracking, unapologetic lawyer and Lenore, the hometown he loves. Two innocuous words of legalese will lead Brett down a dangerous path of lies, deceit and ultimately murder. He has taken a look behind the curtain…the wrong curtain. He has seen too much and what he has uncovered could cost him everything: his career, his freedom, even his life. With the odds clearly stacked against him and the future of Lenore at stake, Brett engages in a battle with Warren Winfield, Lenore’s corrupt mayor and a ruthless international criminal cartel. Alone, Brett Simmons stands little chance of winning. But Brett is not alone in his fight. He finds himself partnered with Melanie Stockton, a beautiful, tough-as-nails cop. The rapport is instantaneous; the attraction, unexpected. With Brett going undercover and Melanie forced to confront a well-armed band of mercenaries, whatever feelings they have for each other will have to be put on hold…and the waiting might take forever. This is Brett Simmons’ story…and only he can tell it.


WHAT LENORE WAS AND what the town has become is critical to the story. For me, my town was Mayberry.

DUE TO AN ODD QUIRK with the municipal laws, our new mayor not only got to finish out Mayor Marty’s abbreviated term, he also got his own two-year term.

About The Author

Ronald D. Demmans is a graduate of McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. He began his career as a songwriter with a passion for three-minute song dramas. Ronald’s songs have been published by companies such as Chappell & Co., April/Blackwood/CBS, and Acuff-Rose Publications/Sony.


Product Details

  • Publisher: Indigo River Publishing (June 21, 2022)
  • Length: 262 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781954676220

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Raves and Reviews

Eminent Domain is shot through with wry humor and small-town politics which make for an engaging read.”

– John Ryder, Author of the Grant Fletcher thriller series

Eminent Domain is a crackerjack read, very satisfying as a novel with its exciting twists and turns, yet at the same time insightful and funny as author Ronald D. Demmans shrewdly examines politics at the local level—a topic that resonates for many.”

– Eric Wilson, Author of Murder on the Canadian

Eminent Domain is a crime novel narrated by Brett Simmons, anti-hero and ‘smart ass jokester.’ Brett quips his way through this tale upending James Bond stereotypes, while solving small town crime with international implications. It’s a fast, fun read great for the beach or for the hearth.”

– Dr. Dan Luedke, Author of Elijah-Co

“Ron Demmans has conjured up a town full of characters that you’ll long remember even if they are all slightly bent. Life, love and down low dirty politics leave you wanting more. It’s like looking through someone’s window and getting more than you expected. All of the characters leave a lot to be desired…and maybe that’s the whole point. Escape into the land of bad manners, shady politics and surprises galore. I loved it. Move over Raymond Chandler, there’s a new story teller in town!

– Dave Charles, Global Media Strategist at Media RESULTS Inc.

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