In celebration of Jaime’s contribution to Ig Publishing’s Bookmarked Series, and to honor his long-standing support of independent publishing, Jaime has created the following promotion:

1.  Purchase Jaime’s volume on THE GREAT GATSBY directly from Ig here:

2.  Forward the email receipt from Ig to newtonville (at)

and you’ll receive a free, limited edition paperback of THE DISAPPEARANCE OF SWENSON’S SECRETARY, a Golden Age detective novel written by Jaime and featuring F. Scott Fitzgerald’s literary agent, Harold Ober, as an amateur sleuth.  U.S. residents only.  (Residents outside the U.S. will receive a pdf.) Allow 4-6 weeks for processing.



F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby is widely considered to be the greatest American novel ever written, its exploration of decadence, idealism, social upheaval, and excess having been described as a cautionary tale regarding the American Dream. In this entry in Ig’s acclaimed Bookmarked series, author Jaime Clarke examines how this seminal novel influenced his writing and life.

“Jaime Clarke’s ode to Gatsby is a completely winning, honest ode to everything: the yearning of an outsider, for success, the drama of the work world, the seduction and darkness of wealth, the search for love and the complex, bumpy life of a writer. The Nick Carraway of Phoenix stakes his own literary territory here; a charming and engaging book.” – Karen E. Bender, author of Refund: Stories.

“Jaime Clarke has penned a smart, funny, beguiling account of his love affair with America’s favorite novel. This book, like its narrator, lives “both inside Fitzgerald’s pages and out,” the best case of literary obsession I’ve had the pleasure of reading since Nicholson Baker’s U & I. A must-read, and not just for Gatsby fans.” – David James Poissant, author of The Heaven of Animals


The real-life Harold Ober founded Harold Ober Associates, the oldest literary agency in the country, in 1929, and over the years the agency has built an impressive client list: Chinua Achebe, Sherwood Anderson, Judy Blume, Pearl S. Buck, James M. Cain, Agatha Christie, William Faulkner, F. Scott Fitzgerald, John Hawkes, Langston Hughes, Dean Koontz, Ira Levin, James Lord, Joseph Mitchell, J.D. Salinger, and Dylan Thomas, among many others.

In J.D. West’s clever new mystery, The Disappearance of Swenson’s Secretary, we learn that Harold Ober is also an amateur detective, using the same skills he’s honed reading and editing manuscripts to solve baffling crimes. Along with his assistant, Max, he delves into the question of what happened to the secretary who accompanied her boss, H.A. Swenson, a film agent from Hollywood on his annual visit to editors and agents in New York City. The answer takes Ober and Max through a maze of plausible narratives, all against the backdrop of Gilded Age Manhattan.