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I've been busy, and, alas, haven't updated the site in long time. But now my treasure novel set in the Florida Keys is in the hands of my agent, and I'm embarking on new projects.

The first is Rumors of Delirium, my blog on reading, writing, travel, and film. Here's where you can keep up with my internationally-flavored book club, boasting members from Iran and Russia as well as the U.S. We're eight women, mostly professional, mostly with children in high school, college, or beyond. Find out what we loved, hated, couldn't finish, argued and raved about. Take a look at our book list, upcoming reads, and a short description of who we are. And because it's a blog, hey, you can add your own two cents. Watch out Oprah, we're gaining on you!

Next, I wanted to highlight my manuscript group: Jeannine Atkins, Bruce Carson, and D. Dina Friedman, three authors who've been extraordinarily supportive in my writing life. They've kept me going through the bleak, dark days and help me celebrate whenever the sun breaks through the clouds. When we started over fifteen years ago, no one had published a book. Now we all have agents, and three of us have managed to breach that seemingly impregnable wall between aspiration and publication. Read our bios, excerpts from our books, and learn how to form your own group.

On the writing front, my newest project will take several years to complete. It's a literary novel about art, friendship, and meaning in the shadow of genocide. More about that later.

Finally, Zoë Szabo* fans will be pleased to know that I've begun the third in what I envision as a four-book series. Yes, Zoë's story will have a finite ending. I promised not to leave you hanging, and I intend to keep my word. In the meantime, order the first two here. Contact me here or leave a message at my blog.

*Pronounced : ZO'ee ZAH'bo


cover Exiles on Main Street

A Cambodian exile is found knifed to death on a snowy December evening. Covering the murder for the local paper, ex-Rolling Stone writer Zoë Szabo discovers that she hasn't left her wild days completely behind as she becomes immersed in deadly vendettas dating back to the killing fields of the Khmer Rouge. Read the first chapter.

"A debut of great promise and verve, with an unforgettable heroine to carry its provocative story."
-Laura Lippman

"Crackling suspense, an affecting cast of complex characters and a fascinating window on Cambodian culture."
-Bonnie Wells, Amherst Bulletin

"Replete with compelling personalities, particularly the rock 'n roll refugees."
-Publishers Weekly

cover Dancing with Mr. D

An environmental zealot dies in what appears to be a grisly accident. As Zoë unravels the complex chain of events leading to the death, she is forced to confront not only the seamy underside of the town's most influential citizens, but also her own troubled marriage. Read the first chapter.

"Kleinholz blends a quick-moving plot, the nuances of small town life and politics, complex human relationships, and the rock music scene with a seamless ease and grace."
-Kate Flora

"Zoë is such a believable heroine. She really is someone who could stop by for coffee and tell you her story (if she had enough time). Kleinholz has give us a rich, interesting woman doing her best in some very complex situations... And if you thought Evanovich left you hanging at the end of Five, brace yourself for the ending of Dancing with Mr. D." Top-rated (5 cats)
Kate's Mystery Books Newsletter

"This clever, well-plotted story of a former rock journalist, her once-famous musician husband and their struggle to keep their family together will ring true with readers no matter what their musical tastes... a universal story."
-Oline H. Cogdill, South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Order the two-book set!

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