I write humorous mysteries about an annoyingly tenacious tall, blonde and beautiful, ex-model turned crop-duster who, to quote Lalla Bains, says: “I’ve been married so many times they oughta revoke my license.” I wanted to give readers a peek at a not so-perfect life of a woman who is not afraid of chipping her manicure because she doesn’t have time for a manicure, what with herding a bunch of recalcitrant pilots and juggling work orders just to keep her father’s flagging business alive.
Beginning with #4 in the series, A Dead Red Alibi, Lalla and her family will reside in South East Arizona where she will divide her time between a fledgling P.I. business with cousin, Pearlie Bains, and volunteering as a team member with Cochise County Search and Rescue.
I also write a romantic sailing mystery trilogy: A Dangerous Harbor and Hurricane Hole. Coming in 2015: Dead Rise
My favorite TV Heroes and Heroines by RP Dahlke
Because I write mysteries with humor, I DVR the T.V. detectives that make me laugh: Monk, The Mentalist, and Elementary are some of my favorites. I think it’s great when an actor finds his, or her, niche in a series. I remember Tony Shaloub as the Italian cabdriver Antonio Scarpacci in the long-running sitcom Wings, with Tim Daly and Steven Weber, and as the face morphing, and still funny, alien in Men in Black. I always thought Simon Baker was a hunk, and I love that his part in The Mentalist allows him to show his great smile. Did you know that Simon Baker is Australian, and Johnny Lee Miller of Elementary is not English. Some viewers complain that he mumbles his lines to cover the fact that he can’t get the accent right. I don’t mind, I just turn up the volume.
As for women sleuths, there hasn’t been anything like Murder She Wrote, on main stream American T.V. since that program went off the air. I liked Miss Marple on PBS, but then I discovered PBS’s Miss Phryne Fisher played by the gorgeous Essie Davis. She’s a young flapper living in 1920’s Melbourne, Australia. A fashionista (I’d kill for her wardrobe) she carries a pearl handled pistol (my kind of gal), she has funny side-kicks, she’s also funny, smart, and has great romantic escapades.
So, until the television moguls in Hollywood decide to do the Dead Red Mystery series featuring, sassy smart and funny heroines who uncover the killer and along the way find, if not the undying gratitude of the local police, at least a sense of fulfillment in a job well done.
1st in The Dead Red Mystery Series
Twice divorced NY model, Lalla Bains, now runs her dad’s Crop-Dusting business in Modesto, California where she’s hoping to dodge the inevitable fortieth birthday party. But when her trophy red ‘58 Cadillac is found tail-fins up in a nearby lake, the police ask why a widowed piano teacher, who couldn’t possibly see beyond the hood ornament is found strapped in the driver’s seat. Reeling from an interrogation with local homicide, Lalla is determined to extricate herself as a suspect in this strange murder case. Unfortunately, drug running pilots, a cross-dressing convict, a crazy Chihuahua, and the dead woman’s hunky nephew throw enough road blocks to keep Lalla neck deep in an investigation that links her family to a twenty-year old murder only she can solve.
#2 in this popular humorous mystery series featuring Aero Ag pilot Lalla BainsWhen a homeless Vet litters her beloved red Cadillac with poetry scrawled on paper snowflakes, Lalla decides to confront him. But that doesn’t mean she wants the man to drop dead at her feet—with a pair of blue handled scissors sticking out of his chest.
With nothing but the man’s last words for the police to go on, Lalla decides that someone needs to be on the side of this misunderstood vet, and that person will be the exasperating, pushy, tenacious, Ms. Lalla Bains. But digging into the man’s past will only unravel a more potent question: What would you do if the love of your life lost their chance for a heart transplant because the donor organ went to a convicted felon?
Abby L. Vandiver
Through her various occupations, Abby discovered her love of writing. She’d always been told she had a gift for telling stories, combining the two, she became an author.
Her debut novel, the mystery/sci-fi, In the Beginning, was an Amazon #1 bestseller, it was written on a whim, packed away, and rediscovered some twelve years later. After publishing it in 2013, Abby decided to make writing a full-time endeavor. She penned three novels since – two stand alone sequels and a historical/women’s fiction novel that she co-wrote under the pen name Kathryn Longino. Abby hopes to publish another historical novel, and a paranormal romance story in 2015.
Abby, a former lawyer and college professor, has a degree in Economics, a masters in Public Administration, and a Juris Doctor. A lifetime resident of Cleveland, Ohio, Abby spends all of her time writing and enjoying her three wonderful grandchildren.
BUILD YOUR OWN WORLD
I started writing on a whim. It wasn’t anything I dreamed of doing all my life, nothing I had planned on doing. It was just something I discovered that was a passion. The old adage when you become a writer you should always endeavor to “write what you know.” But when you write science fiction as I do, you can’t write what you know, because what you write about isn’t anything that exists – yet. Ray Bradbury, best known for his dystopian novel, Fahrenheit 451 (1953) said, “Science fiction is any idea that occurs in the head and doesn’t exist yet . . . As soon as you have an idea that changes some small part of the world you are writing science fiction . . .”
I write science fiction because it lets me change the world.
When I was younger and first forged my love of reading, I’d pick books that I could get lost inside of; find another time and place. It was an adventure for me as I’d duck inside of a Secret Garden, or find myself pulled through A Wrinkle in Time.
I I’m a thinker. Always have been. I like to know the why behind things. And the how. Reading science fiction gave me so much more to think about, to imagine. It makes more things in this world possible. And by writing in the genre I can make the impossible, possible.
I don’t write the hard-core kind of sci-fi. I like alternative history stories, and “find the artifact to learn the truth about history” kind of stories. And when I write my stories, I love to intertwine my fiction with facts. When you add facts to the words of fiction, expanding on what is to what it could be, to me just makes for such a better story.
That’s what drew me to the Indiana Jones movies and why Dr. Henry Jones, or “Indy” is my favorite movie hero.
The four-movie franchise pitted archaeology against evil. History with mythology. And it threw in some mystery and adventure as well. There are so many things I like about the main character in these movies.
I like (love) his hat, and that he never loses it no matter how many cliffs he takes a nosedive over. I love that he’s good with his fists and that he’s quick on his feet, he can take on any villainous foe, and topple their malevolent schemes. But I think what I like most of all is that all of that is juxtaposed against him being a mile, soft spoken college professor at the fictional Marshall College. In a former life (before I became a full time writer), I was a college professor. I didn’t teach anything as interesting as Dr. Jones (he teaches archaeology, I taught Economics), but I think it gives me a certain kinship with him.
Being a teacher, like reading a novel, introduces you to a whole new world. New characters, new situations and crises to overcome every day, in every one of your classrooms. And the makers of this film did an excellent job of taking the academics out into the world. “Henry” was the professor persona – rational thinker, educator and scholar. Indy, was the adventurous, go-getter that found his passion in all the excitement that was the Indiana Jones films. Oh, and all the wonder artifacts he located! Imagine finding the Ark of the Covenant. He was the perfect hero for the kind of science fiction I enjoy. And although my books aren’t usually action adventure stories, they all have a little of Henry and Indy in them.
Perhaps the history you’ve been taught wasn’t the truth.
A fifty year old journal.
2,000 year old manuscripts hidden with the Dead Sea Scrolls . . .
The answer to Earth’s ancient mysteries revealed.
In 1949, Dr. Amos Sabir is assigned to translate four manuscripts that were found in Cave #4 at Qumran. Dr. Samuel Yeoman, Editor-in-Chief is tasked with presenting the information contained in the Dead Sea Scrolls to the world. Neither is prepared to share what they find. Even if it means they have to lie or kill to keep it secret.
History repeats itself. Unfortunately for mankind, arrogance and greed are a part of human nature. And that same human nature that almost drove mankind to extinction thousands of years ago, is rearing its ugly head – again.
In 1997 Justin Dickerson, Biblical Archaeologist, and self-proclaimed re-creator of history, is finding little purpose to her existence as of late. She jumps at the invitation to attend the 50th Jubilee of the finding of the Dead Sea Scrolls to help with the remaining needed translations. Instead, a chance discovery of a journal of one of the original translators of the famed manuscripts sets her off on a path that will unravel the foundation of mankind’s belief of his origins forever. Obsessed with the possibility that history has purposely been destroyed, she is soon faced with the shocking discovery of what really happened In the Beginning . . .
Not fast paced or action packed, In the Beginning is a thought-provoking story that’ll make you wonder if it could really be true.
A wrong number, and a cry of desperation at the end of the line sparks a long distance friendship between two women who’ve never met. Through fourteen years of trouble and heartache from a stagnant domestic life, the struggle for civil rights, and the stigma of interracial relationships, a bond forms between the two that changes both of their lives forever.
It’s 1958, a time when women and Negroes are deemed second-class and are being second-guessed. From there arises the perfect storm for change, and the perfect time for an unlikely friendship.
Beatrice “Beanie” Peterson, forced to marry at fifteen and live with two sister wives, six children, and an abusive husband twenty years her senior, is looking for a way out.
Adeline “Liddie” Garrison, friend of Jack Kennedy, wife of a prominent Boston business man, and resident of Beacon Hill, has already found her way in.
Read Alikes: For readers who enjoyed Julie Kibler’s, CALLING ME HOME and Melissa Foster’s, HAVE NO SHAME.
Kerry J. Donovan
Kerry was born in Dublin. He spent most of his life in the UK, and now lives in Brittany with his wife of thirty-seven years. He has three children and three grandchildren, all of whom live in England and all of whom think he’s nice (strange the way that works out). An absentee granddad, Kerry praises the advent of video conferencing.
I former lives, Kerry has been a furniture designer/cabinet maker, a research scientist, a house restorer, and now spends all.most of his time writing crime thrillers and what he likes to call adventure yarns. He recently topped the Amazon UK bestseller genre list for his paranormal thriller, The Transition of Johnny Swift.
There are currently two book in his DCI Jones Casebook series and a new addition is due out in the New Year.
Who is my greatest fictional or TV hero?
When I was fourteen, way back in the time before mobile phones, home computers, and the Interweb, a new headmaster took control of our school. He came in with all sorts of radical ideas, one of which was insisting that every pupil visited the library at least once a week. Not only that, but we had to take out a book and read it too.
In our own time.
Over and above our normal school homework.
I mean the cheek of the man.
What self-respecting fourteen-year-old boy wants to spend his free time reading when there are footballs to kick and a cricket bats to wield? Not me, that’s for sure.
Thought I was being so smart by choosing the smallest book in the place—blue of cover and well thumbed. I didn’t even read the title, just plucked it from the shelf, and walked it to the librarian’s desk. She stamped it and I took to the desk. Boy was I miffed when I opened the book to find the tiniest text I’d ever seen. Seventy years old and written by some old fossil called Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. It’s title? Sherlock Holmes – Selected Short Stories.
Read that book cover to cover in about a week. I was blown away by the writing style and the scope of the characters. The stories were a little dated and a tad naive, but wonderful nonetheless. The Sign of Four, The Hound of the Baskervilles, The Speckled Band, all were classics of the criminologists’ art.
I still have the book, bought for 15p at the end of the term. It hasn’t left my side ever since. Need a magnifying glass these days to read the font, but I take it out occasionally to remind myself what a good detective story is all about. That little blue book is one of the reasons I write crime fiction.
A recent BBC series, Sherlock, has ‘rebooted’ Holmes and Watson into a modern setting. It is a testament to Doyle’s writing class that his lead characters, first written well over a century ago, stand the test of time.
This is stunning fiction, trend setting. If only I could write something that extraordinary.
The Transition of Johnny Swift is a psychological thriller in 96,000 words, set in present-day England.
Racing driver, “Fiery” Frank Brazier has a problem. He keeps seeing a grey figure he calls Shadow-man. The silent Shadow-man appears in times of stress, but things are worsening. Frank would seek medical help, but racing drivers aren’t supposed to feel fear, and how would his sponsors react?
The novel opens at the start of the final race of the season. Frank is only one win away from sealing the F2500 Championship and earning a place on a Formula 1 team for next season. When Frank’s blood pumps hard and adrenaline heightens his senses, he sees Shadow-man again, sitting on the nosecone of his car, brooding, still, and silent.
Frank survives a front tyre blowout, wins the race, and is offered a contract with the best team in the Formula 1 Series. The next day, he accompanies his sister, Paula, to London by train, but a senseless act of vandalism results in an horrific rail crash.
When he wakes in hospital three days later, with eyes bandaged, bones broken, and head aching, Frank hears two words that throw him into a world of terror and confusion.
When the doctors remove his eye bandages, Frank sees the owner of the voice—Shadow-man, who repeats the words, “Save her.”
An empathetic detective and his Swedish-born colleague hunt for the abductors of a teenage schoolgirl—a police procedural set in England and France.When their daughter fails to return from school, Hollie Jardine’s parents are terrified. Is she a runaway, or the victim of something more sinister?
Veteran Detective, David Jones, head of the Midlands Police, is tasked to find her. His team soon discovers a link to convicted sex-offender, Ellis Flynn, whom Jones suspects of grooming the naive teenager. A difficult case is made more personal when Jones sees a photo of the missing girl, Hollie Jardine. She is the spitting image of his God-daughter! Jones can’t separate the two in his head.
With Hollie’s chances of survival fading, Jones and his Swedish-born colleague Alexandra Olganski, risk their careers and their lives when they ignore protocol to follow Flynn’s trail across the Channel into France. What they discover in an idyllic backwater will stretch Jones’ detection skills to the limit, and Alex’s loyalty to heartbreak.
As he closes in on the abductor, Jones faces an impossible decision – give himself up or the girl dies—do nothing and the girl dies.
I was born and came of age on the mean city streets of New Jersey. As a young man, I served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps, which included a year in Vietnam. After that, I began a career as a computer professional in California’s Silicon Valley.
Since quitting the workaday world to pursue my passion for writing, I’ve authored six novels, a collection of stories, and a memoir, titled The Way I Saw It. I’ve written other books, too, that never saw the light of the published world, when I was young and still learning the craft.
My novels include the three volume City Different mystery series, set in Santa Fe, NM, available individually on Amazon, and recently released as a complete Boxed Set, titled The City Different Series. Separately, the three volumes of the series are City Different, Nina’s Time, and Finding Nina. I’ve also published three other novels of contemporary life, the collection of stories and the memoir mentioned above.
Currently, I divide my time between New Mexico’s Land of Enchantment and Orange County, California, pursuing the craft of a writer of contemporary fiction, mystery/suspense and crime/thrillers.
Reacher books–My guilty pleasure
Lee Child is the wildly successful author of 19 mystery/suspense thrillers featuring Jack Reacher, an outsized superman of a protagonist, who only goes by the name of Reacher in the books. Collectively, the novels are referred to as Reacher books, and I have read most of them. I call the series my guilty reading pleasure. A guilty pleasure can be defined as, “something one enjoys and considers pleasurable despite feeling guilt enjoying it.” I don’t feel guilt when I read Reacher’s incredible exploits, but I sometimes feel I get too much pleasure from them. So let me try to explain.
I began my life as a writer aspiring to write literary novels in the fashion of my artistic heroes: Ernest Hemingway, James Jones, Norman Mailer, Cormac McCarthy, and others. I wanted to be an important writer. But I did have a soft spot for mystery/suspense novels, and after writing several so-called serious books, I decided to try my hand at writing a mystery. That one, City Different, demanded of me a sequel, Nina’s Time. A few years later, a third volume, Finding Nina, happened along, and now, suddenly, I had a series of my own.
Lee Child also writes mystery/suspense novels, but the stylistic differences between his books and mine are vast. I write what I like to think of as literate novels of the genre. My protagonists are ordinary people thrust into extraordinary circumstances–the Internet entrepreneur of City Different, for instance, who suddenly finds himself desperately trying to solve a murder because his wife is the accused murderer, and she has disappeared. And while Lee Child is an excellent writer, who is also very smart and knows how to write page-turning thrillers, he is not what I would call literate. He writes what appeals to his audience, people who like plenty of action and don’t care about having to suspend heavy doses of disbelief, a requirement when reading his books. Child’s protagonist, Reacher, is anything but ordinary. He travels the country alone carrying nothing but a toothbrush. He wears his clothes, usually bought at surplus stores, for three or four days, and when they get dirty, he simply buys more and throws the old ones away. And in the course of his travels, wherever he goes, he naturally finds himself inserted into the midst of action, adventure and romance, all of it rolled into thrilling tales of derring-do.
To say Reacher is outsized is an understatement. He stands six-foot five and weighs in at around 240 pounds, all of it solid muscle. He easily takes on two and three bad guys at a time, and he knows how to fight, clean or dirty, with the fights almost always being no contest. As a former Military Policeman and U.S. Army Major, he knows everything there is to know about every kind of weapon imaginable, including the most exotic military ordinance. He usually outthinks ordinary cops while solving the crimes that generally stump them, and there is always a woman in his adventures, usually described as one of the most beautiful women he has ever seen. In one book, The Affair, there are three, all in a small town in Mississippi, all of them astonishingly beautiful. And of course the beautiful women usually fall for him in the course of his exploits, as he unravels the crime de jour or rescues an old friend who only calls on Reacher because Reacher is the only one who can possibly help.
As I snap up each new edition Lee Child churns out, I like to think of Jack Reacher as Superman’s second cousin, with the mind of Sherlock Holmes and the sex appeal of a rough-hewn rock star. He is truly my guilty reading pleasure.
City Different, A Santa Fe Mystery – Volume 1 of the 3 volume City Different Series
Eddie Collins, the CEO of a successful Internet company, has two problems: the dead man found in his Silicon Valley home and the disappearance of his beautiful wife Nina. A bullet hole in the man’s chest needs no explanation. What does is the fact that the police see Nina as the killer. They claim there is evidence that she was the victim’s lover, and that something went wrong between them. Disbelieving, Eddie goes after Nina to prove her innocence. He follows her to the one place he knows she will run to when in trouble, her birthplace of the City Different of Santa Fe, New Mexico.
His search leads him to the home of Helen Rodriguez, Nina’s Aunt Helen and the wealthy widow of an influential New Mexico state senator. At first he believes Helen is his ally in finding Nina and proving her innocence. What he finds, though, eventually leads to what was behind the murder in his California home.
In the meantime, Eddie becomes embroiled in Santa Fe’s modern dilemma—its old ways versus its place in the new west of money and power. His search takes him to the art galleries of Canyon Road and to the places where Santa Fe’s better half congregates. Twice, he is arrested and briefly jailed. His interest becomes piqued by Maribel Orozco, the young, Mexican maid of Helen Rodriguez, and she becomes his confidant. A platonic love interest develops between the two, and as time passes she begins to occupy his thoughts more and more. And he begins to learn fragments of the story behind the murder, involving the embezzlement of millions from his own Internet company. He learns the truth behind his relationship with his wife, Nina, as the tale spins into one of love and lost love, murder and betrayal.
Nina is finally found and arrested, and Eddie is reunited with her in the Santa Fe jail. She reveals her part, though an unwitting one, into the embezzlements, the murder, and the reason she went into hiding. Now that it’s all over, she just wants to go back to the old life she and Eddie had before any of this happened. But Eddie cannot. He finally sees his Nina without the magic glow she’d always carried for him.
The story begins with the funeral of Helen Rodriguez, one of Santa Fe’s important people. Helen has been murdered, and Santa Fe’s finest attend the funeral to pay their respects and to speculate on who could have killed her. Helen’s beautiful niece, Nina, is there to preside and to be viewed as well, because, even here, men secretly stalk Nina, the way men always have.
Santa Fe Detective Ray Sanchez attends with a different agenda: to discover the whereabouts of Nina’s ex-husband, Eddie Collins. In a bizarre twist to the murder in Volume 1 of the series, it is Eddie who is now a suspect in this murder, and he has now disappeared. Detective Sanchez believes that Nina might know Eddie’s whereabouts. As he questions her, a spark of interest is kindled between he and Nina that develops into a romance as the tale progresses.
When Eddie Collins is finally found, he denies any knowledge of the killing, even though his fingerprints were found in Helen’s car where her body was discovered. The murder weapon, also bearing his prints, turns up, and Eddie is arrested for the murder.
Meanwhile, Nina has her own problems: the once wealthy Helen was not only broke when she died; she was in debt. As Helen’s only living relative, Nina inherits the debt, along with some seemingly worthless land north of town that Helen called Canyon Creek. The land was once promising for development, but it always lacked the one essential ingredient in this semi-arid Southwest: water. Now Nina believes she can revive the development of Canyon Creek with an old dream of Helen’s to pipe water to the land.
Into the mix is Ray Sanchez’s own stalking of Nina, with Nina being more than obliging. A sidelight of this is that he keeps her informed of the case against Eddie, which once seemed strong but is now developing cracks. Nina begins to believe that Eddie may not have been Helen’s killer, but the police have no other suspects and the case against him continues.
When someone makes an attempt on Nina’s life, it seems obvious that Helen’s killer is still out there. She finds a clue among Helen’s old files that leads her to suspect who and what was behind the murder: But there is no real proof of anything, just Nina’s speculation.
She decides to put everything behind her, forget about everything that has happened, and start a new life somewhere else. But there is one more stalking of Nina. Helen’s supposed murderer makes what seems like an attempt on her life. And now he is dead, and Nina is in jail, facing serious jail time. Doubt enters Nina’s mind for the first time. She begins to think that the whole story, starting with the man’s supposed murder of Helen and his stalking of Nina was all in her mind. The big question becomes, will Nina’s life be changed forever by all these strange and seemingly disconnected events that are now seemingly transpiring against her?
I live and write in a small village about thirty miles upstate of NYC, and share my home with my wife, Bonnie and our dog Alfie, an apricot poodle.
When I began writing in 1980, I had no idea where I was headed. Since then, I’ve published thirty-five novels, thirty-three of them with traditional publishers, but I decided I wanted more freedom than the traditional publishers would allow and began a new phase in my life as an Independent Author.
My first Independent novel Angels In Mourning, was my ‘homage’ to the old time private detective books of the late 40’s, 50’s and 60’s. I used to love to sneak them from my parents’ night-tables and read them as a young boy. Angels, is a modern day take on the old style hardboiled detective. Angels In Mourning won the Amazon.com Book of the Month Reader’s Choice Award shortly after it was published.
My most current thriller, The Cured, was written with Terese Ramin.The idea for this Medical Thriller came shortly after the death of a close friend. I couldn’t help but wonder about the medication….
My previous suspense thrillers are The Hyte Maneuver, (a Literary guild alternate selection); As Peace Lay Dying, Conspiracy of Mirrors, And Down will Come Baby, Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep, and Shadows.
My favorite (novel) thriller hero to movie thriller hero
Being both a thriller and a science fiction writer, this was a big quandary for me: which level of thriller, of mystery, of suspense did I want to look at? I thought about Blade Runner, (Philip Dick’s Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep) The pressured against his will Detective Deker, played by Harrison Ford, was great, the movie, not terrible but…. Then I thought of someone else and the answer was easy.
The first Robert Ludlum book I read—too many years ago—was The Chancellor Manuscript and it made me a lifelong fan and reader of Ludlum. The book blew me away on two levels; as a reader, and as a writer. There were things Ludlum put into this book that made me, as a writer, sit up and take notice.
But translating mystery and thriller novel protagonists to the screen never quite seems to work as well as an original screenplay. Yet, when I saw Ludlum’s The Bourne Identity, I knew they’d hit it right, as far as the part Matt Damon played.
While almost everything about the movie was different from the book, (in fact only the first half hour, the ship’s doctor and the names Jason Bourne and Marie were the same as the book) it made no difference as far as enjoying the movie and being inside Jason Bourne’s head. For me, that was unusual because if I loved the book, I wanted the movie to have as much semblance to the book as possible.
There is no way to properly translate the Bourne Series to the screen the way it was written, but watching Matt Damon play Jason Bourne was a treat. While Damon is younger than the Bourne was in the book and the time period was changed as well it didn’t matter. If it’s truly possible for an actor to nail a fictional hero, then Damon did just that. He did what Ludlum did, suspended the disbelief and sucked you right into the story. He showed his angst, his confusion, the need to get to the bottom of, not just who her was, but how he got there and why. Ludlum puts levels and levels of misdirection into his stories to keep you on the edge of your chair. The movie wasn’t as highly structured as a Ludlum novel, Damon put those levels into himself, and made you sit on the edge of your seat while you watched him go through his changes.
Damon played the part with every ounce of his talent and only when the movie ended, was the audience able to catch their breath.
That’s what I like in a movie made from a book, the same thing I get when I read and when I write. Having the experience of living within the words, of seeing and hearing and breathing what happens on the pages and becoming part of the world I hold in my hands.
Angels In Morning, takes private detective Gabriel Storm from the theatres of Broadway, through the alleys of Hell’s Kitchen to Miami’s ‘Little Cuba’ and onward to the U.S. Senate in his drive to find the killer of his close childhood friend, Scotty Granger, considered to be the best playwright of the modern generation.
Early one morning, Gabe is summoned to his friend’s apartment by the NYPD, and told Scotty Granger has been murdered in a botched burglary attempt—the murder occurs while his newest play is in rehearsal. Unwilling to believe this theory, Gabe begins his own investigation, which centers on the “angels” who have invested in the show and an unknown woman whom Scotty has been seeing.
Working with his friend, Captain Christopher Bolt, the head of the Mayor’s Special Crimes Task Force, Storm follows a warped path of suspects from Scotty Granger’s Angels – the show’s investors – to pimps and prostitutes before descending into the twisted sub-culture of sexual predators and following paths that reach all the way to Washington’s law makers. We discover that Scotty Granger’s sister, Elizabeth, a victim of a predator, was abducted at the age of eight and has never been found: When Scotty became successful, he created an organization to help children abducted by pedophiles or lured from their homes by predators.
The action moves quickly as Storm pursues the illusive killer by using a network of people who are part of the killer’s world. Working both alone and with the FBI, Homeland Security, a mafia connection and the NYPD, Storm navigates the twisted trails and unlikely suspects who populate the story from Wall Street financiers to pimps and gangsters and a U.S. senator, on the road to an unexpected, suspenseful and surprising conclusion.
When over 4000 people world-wide died after taking a cure for cancer, the drug was recalled. But the questions kept coming. Was it contamination? Was it sabotage? Or, was it outright murder by an insane research scientist in retaliation against the pharmaceutical giant he worked for and to avenge the death of his wife?And everyone wanted Doctor Donald Brockman! The lawyers wanted answers; the FDA wanted answers and, Homeland Security wanted the doctor!When the 911 code flashed across her beeper, Doctor Kira Brockman went cold. The one thing she had been dreading had happened and her life as she knew it hadbeen changed, and the change was for the worst!
The wrong people had found her father!
She knew she had very little time to get out of the hospital, to find her brother and to run before Homeland Security and the FBI found them, and they were not the only ones: the lawyers who were in the midst of a huge class action suit against the international pharmaceutical manufacturing giant who had sold the cancer cure wanted her and the evidence she had as well as the lethal security team from the drug company who was trying to stop Kira Brockman from disclosing the evidence only she could get—evidence that would save her father—and they would use any means necessary to stop her.
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