Newsman Novelist: Alan Lee of Fox 2 Celebrates His First Book

Alan L. Lee's first book is a spy thriller published by a division of Macmillan.

Fox 2 morning news anchor Alan Lee doesn't mask his pride at being a published novelist.  

"The day has finally arrived. 'Sandstorm' has blown in," he posts Tuesday at the Facebook author page he created four months ago with the name  Alan L. Lee, matching the book's jacket.  

The main characters in his spy thriller are a female CIA operative, an ex-agent who's a past lover, an Israeli spymaster, a U.S. senator with his eye on the presidency and "an exclusive billionaire boys club that wants to dictate the New World Order," as the publisher's blurb says. There's an assassination in Maryland, but no Michigan action on any of the 320 pages.

Jacket blurbs include one from another Metro Detroit novelist who knows a bit about suspense. “Lee gets his book going a hundred miles an hour with his hair on fire and barely ever slows down,” says Elmore Leonard.   

Hour magazine has a short article about the book this month by a friend of the author, longtime Detroit journalist Jim McFarlin. He describes it as an international tale of espionage, corruption, and political intrigue" that Lee worked on for five years.

Lee, who grew up in Chicago and joined Fox 2 in 1996, will sign books at Barnes & Noble in Royal Oak (500 S. Main) at 7 p.m. today (Tuesday). 

-- Alan Stamm

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