A Ronny & Jo Mystery
By Tara Dee
A search for a missing 26-year-old sends Aniruddha Jha and Joyita Roy—Ronny & Jo—into the underbelly of IT businesses in Washington, D.C., and the private lives of vulnerable Indian tech workers.
With deception and lies at every turn, there’s more than one disturbing reason for the young man’s disappearance, and the stakes are raised with a deadly encounter on the Capital Beltway. Someone is out to terminate Ronny and Jo’s search.
CRIMSON FALL is the first book in the exciting new series: RONNY & JO MYSTERIES.
Tech multimillionaire couple Ronny & Jo thought they had their hands full with startup mentoring, kickboxing, and managing an NGO until they figured out a new life skill: solving mysteries. This vocation sees them driving around Washington, D.C.'s national capital region, chasing crooks and killers lurking within the Indian community.
A tech startup mentor, keyboardist for a D.C.-area band, and prolific home chef, fifty-year-old Ronny, who sold his Cloud startup company in 2016, is the reluctant strategist dragged by Jo into investigations.
The power bank driving the duo's sleuthing, fifty-year-old Jo advocates sustainable building design, kickboxes regularly, and runs forty miles every week.
As they square off against adversaries in Washington, D.C.’s Indian community, Ronny & Jo are aided by ethical hacker Ben; cabbie Naz; building concierge Santana; D.C. insider Peyton; and Loki, or Professor Lokanathan, guru of all things arcane. Detective Nicole Oduwole of the Arlington PD brings the authority of the police into play. Jo’s father Dr. Debjit Roy, a retired orthopedic surgeon, shares words of caution and encouragement in equal measure, while his younger brother, the retired Colonel Ranjit Roy of the Indian army, can be called upon for matters of security and surveillance.
Tara Dee is the combined pen name of longtime partners Swati Chanda and Narendra Desirazu.
Swati is the author of Drowning Fish (Hachette) and Switcheroos!: Topsy-Turvy Mysteries of Markiposa (Penguin-Puffin). She has taught literature in colleges, worked for nonprofit organizations, helped grow crops on a farm, and is devoted to upcycled and repurposed art projects. She currently lives in Fairfax, Virginia.
Narendra has worked in the IT industry where he founded and sold a tech startup, ran a business renting art to corporates, and built an organic farm growing specialty limes. He currently teaches at a university in Washington, D.C. Narendra’s science fiction and slice-of-life stories have been published in anthologies in the US.