A Belated Update
As a reader recently reminded me, it's been a while since I published an update. So, here it is, a mix of personal notes and news about upcoming releases. I'll start with the personal notes.
My father passed away a few weeks ago which has been a difficult time for my family and me. Dad was in his eighties, but in reasonably good health so his unexpected and sudden passing was a shock. He and my mom had gone to do their usual Saturday shopping. I'd been on my front porch drinking coffee when they left. I'd seen my dad get out of the car at the corner to check the mail before they drove away. It still feels weird thinking about that, not knowing then it would be the last time I saw him. I'm so thankful that I visited with him the day before and we had a nice conversation. Just a little more than an hour later, my mom phoned and asked me to come to the emergency room. By the time I arrived a few minutes later, dad was gone.
Death is a funny business. We all accept that it is a certainty for all of us, yet it isn't something we like to think about, much less talk about. Personally, when I've contemplated my own future demise, the thought of death doesn't frighten me. Part of it I suppose is that I am a deeply spiritual person. But, I don't mind admitting that the thought of a long lingering death in some hospital or extended care facility, perhaps being really ill or in a lot of pain scares the hell out of me. For that reason, I could find a lot of comfort in how fast things went for my dad. Also, dad had a full and long life. He had a large family and many friends who loved him. Still his passing will leave a void that those of us who remain behind will only be able to learn to cope with, but never fill.
My dad was a good man, one of the best I've ever known. He worked hard all his life to support his family. We were never rich, but we lacked none of the necessities. Dad always kept a roof over our heads, and we never went to bed hungry. I remember when he used to work an extra job, sometimes two when it came time to buy clothes and supplies at the beginning of each new school year. Most of all you always knew where you stood with dad. He was that kind of man. So, another thing his family can remember and feel grateful for is that we always knew how much he loved us.
Now, let me update you on the upcoming new releases.
Malone Private Investigator Series Book 4
Coming September 11, 2018
In 2003, a three-man crew robbed a Los Angeles diamond exchange making off with millions of dollars worth of loose diamonds. Two members of the crew were killed in a shootout with police a few days after the robbery, and most of the diamonds were recovered. The third member of the gang, Kyle Murray, was arrested and sentenced to fifteen years in prison. But, part of the loot from the infamous heist was never recovered.
Authorities always believed Murray knew where the missing diamonds were, but for fifteen long years, he denied it. Just days after Murray completed his 15-year sentence, he disappears. Not so coincidentally, one of the missing diamonds surfaces.
The insurances company that absorbed the loss from the robbery hires Los Angeles private eye Malone to find Murray and to recover the rest of the diamonds. Malone is good at finding things;. Whether it be a missing person, a runaway child, or a deadbeat ex-spouse. But between the long years that have passed since the robbery occurred, and having no clue where Murray has absconded to, even for Malone finding the ex-con and the stolen diamonds is far from a foregone conclusion. Fortunately for him, he’s got a friend who can help in the form of his former partner and associate T. J. O'Sullivan. While O'Sullivan has her own busy investigative agency in Honolulu, she agrees to put her own cases on hold to lend Malone a hand.
As Malone and T. J. start tracking Murray, the chase leads them from Los Angeles clear across the world to New Zealand. While they work the precious few leads they have in the attempt to find Murray and the diamonds, a new complication develops. Malone and T. J. aren't the only ones looking for Murray and the valuable gemstones. An evil duo, who quickly reveal they will stop at nothing, including murder to get their hands on the stolen jewels join the mix.
Foregone Conclusion is the fourth novel in the thrilling Malone Private Investigator series. If you like breathtaking action, laugh-out-loud humor, and a hint of romance, then you’ll love this edge-of-your-seat detective thriller.
Save $2.00 off the $3.99 cover price when you preorder Foregone Conclusion before September 11, 2018.
Come What May Hits #1 in Crime Fiction on Amazon Free Books List
It was a nice surprise when a friend contacted me today to let me know that Come What May, the first book in the Malone Private Investigator series had hit the top spot in Crime Fiction on the Amazon Free Books Best Sellers List. When I had a look, the book was #82 overall on the Free Kindle Books list. I'm so appreciative of all those who have downloaded and read the book. Thanks so much. Free book list or not, I'm stoked to have a #1 book in the series, just three weeks before the release of the fourth book in the series.
At present, I'm waiting to get the Honolulu Blues manuscript back from my editor. It shouldn't be much longer before the book will be ready for uploading to the publisher. Once that is done, I'll be finished with the Fall 2018 releases and ready to relax a few weeks before starting on the next book. Take care everyone and thanks so much for reading.