What sort of shady activities do you associate with murder? Not that I suspect any of you of having murderous intentions, you understand…well, not serious ones, anyway. I’m asking purely from a fictional standpoint.
For me, the murky world of gambling in general and fixed dog racing in particular spring to mind. I can just imagine all sorts of unsavoury characters getting caught up in that game, which is why it’s the background for my latest in the Hunter File series.
Risky Business is released by Carina Press today and features my live-aboard detective, Charlie Hunter who, despite his determination to be left alone, seems to get involved into one unsolved case after another. Except this case was solved. A guy is serving life behind bars for the murder of a bookie but his daughter is convinced he didn’t do it. Well, she would think that, wouldn’t she? Okay, so her dad’s a bit of a villain, she concedes, but murder just isn’t his style, especially since the guy who was topped was a good friend of his and there had been no falling out amongst thieves.
Charlie, against his better judgement, agrees to make a few enquiries. Well, Cleo is very attractive and exceedingly persuasive. It hadn’t been Charlie’s case but he remembers having doubts about the conviction at the time. The female inspector in charge had just been moved to the division and was keen to make a name for herself, not caring about collateral damage in her rush to climb the career ladder.
Charlie gets more than he bargained for, not least of which is a ‘fond’ reconciliation with his estranged step-brother, lending fresh clues as to the reason for his mother’s murder more than twenty years previously. Unfortunately it also places his own life in danger since the guys he’s messing with don’t believe in taking prisoners…
Risky Business by W. Soliman. Available today from Carina Press http://bit.ly/MHCsYs and all good on line book stores.
Visit my website at www.wsoliman.com where you can read the entire first chapter.