Minstrel's Alley Publishes First Book on Amazon and Kindle

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 19, 2009 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Minstrel's Alley, an independent publishing and media group, has entered the publishing world with the publication of its first book, "The Guys Who Spied for China." The book was written by Gordon Basichis and is based on his real life experiencing uncovering Chinese Espionage Networks operating in the United States in the eighties and nineties.

"The Guys Who Spied for China," has been listed on Amazon.com and will soon be released as an EBook on Kindle, the electronic publishing site. It is also scheduled for listing on the Barnes & Noble website and will soon be available in bookstores around the country.

"We are very excited about the publication of 'The Guys Who Spied for China,'" said M.J. Hammond, publisher and president of Minstrel's Alley. "This roman a clef is a most unusual spy book as it breaks the mold for this genre. It tells the story of what it is like to be suddenly thrust into the world of espionage. Unlike most spy books, this one is set in California and Beverly Hills."

Hammond describes the book as quirky and authentic with touches of dark humor that will engage the reader. "If you are looking for the basic spy book where two guys save the world from imminent disaster, this is not your cup of tea," said Hammond. "This tells a much richer story. This is a timely book, given the ongoing headlines about Chinese Espionage and the growing tensions again between the United States and China."

Gordon Basichis is the author of two previous books, "The Constant Travellers," and "Beautiful Bad Girl, The Vicki Morgan Story." He is the co-founder of Corra Group, a Los Angeles based companies that conducts employment background checks and corporate research for companies throughout the United States and around the world.

M.J. Hammond is a former entertainment industry executive who founded Minstrel's Alley to publish popular books not found in mainstream publishing.

"Mainstream publishing has its purpose," said Hammond. "But the industry's focus on celebrity and genre based books has left readers wanting. We hope to help bring a sense of adventure back to books and publishing."

Background: Minstrel's Alley is a Los Angeles based independent publisher that seeks to bring adventure back into the publishing industry by publishing books that have popular appeal but with more complexity than the standard mainstream fare. The new publishing group distributes its books through Amazon, Kindle, and assorted Internet outlets as well as through bookstores around the country. You can view Minstrel's Alley at www.minstrelsalley.com


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