Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Excerpt from Red Herrings:


By
Jean McLennan:


A new development in forensic science will provide real and contemporary fi citious detectives with another tool in the fight against crime. Until now the challenge has been to obtain clear footprints from a scene of the crime where they have been left on fabric, such as carpet or clothing. (...) By adapting existing visualisation techniques, Doctor Kevin Farrugia of Abertay University, Dundee has developed a method of obtaining detailed images of latent footwear left on fabrics. These images will give investigators information about the brand, style and size of the footwear, but more than that, because an individual’s gait varies, the wear on a pair of shoes is subject to random and individual characteristics. The print can identify the wearer. The technique will work equally well on old prints as new and will be used in the re-examination of unsolved crimes.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Operation Genocide

Operation Genocide, a thriller published by Stairway Press, will hit the shelves in 2013. Here is the cover.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Edge by Jeffery Deaver

Blurb:
Behind the well-known U.S. security organizations-- the FBI and CIA among them--lies a heavily guarded, anonymous government agency dedicated to intelligence surveillance and to a highly specialized brand of citizen protection. Shock waves of alarm ripple through the clandestine agency when Washington, D.C., police detective Ryan Kessler inexplicably becomes the target of Henry Loving, a seasoned, ruthless "lifter" hired to obtain information using whatever means necessary. While Loving is deft at torture, his expertise lies in getting an "edge" on his victim--leverage--usually by kidnapping or threatening family until the "primary" caves under pressure.

What I loved about this book:
  • The protagonist is passionate about board games.
  • He's intelligent and can think strategically.
  • He's tough yet emotionally vulnerable.
  • Great dialogue.
  • Ever-twisting plot.
  • Fast pace.

Thursday, March 07, 2013

Announcing: Operation Genocide

It is my tremendous pleasure to announce that my thriller "Operation: Genocide" will be published by Stairway Press later this year.

Premise:

Whether you’re a monster or a hero depends on who will write the history books. Back in 1982, Annette Pretorius discovers that her secret agent husband developed the HIV virus as a commission from the whites-only South African government. When her husband is found dead with a carving of a white unicorn in his clenched fist, it's a warning. To protect her family, she should bury her husband's national secrets with him. But can she stand back and let the innocent millions suffer?


Heading the investigation is Captain Trevor Watson, Annette's ex-boyfriend. Six years before, he was driving an armed vehicle whose crew was supposed to shoot bullets into a crowd of protesting black schoolchildren. Watson went against orders and turned the vehicle around. His decision cost him his religion, many friends and as many promotions. In the Pretorius murder case, Watson’s loyalty is being tested again when all the evidence stacks up against his high school sweetheart.