Imagine the irony. The first love of your life…ends up being the death of you?
That's the very thought running through Lee Hamilton’s mind as he stares down the barrel of the Smith & Wesson pointed at his chest. Just a week earlier he was sitting with old friends, reminiscing about wild college days and old flames, now all of them are faced with almost certain death. Little did they know that innocent inquiries about Lee’s first love would set them on a collision course with an assassin whose shadowy wake included numerous unsolved homicides.
Thirty years ago Lee was immediately smitten with Andi Porter when their eyes locked across a busy dance floor in Panama City. He was a lonely college sophomore dragged into a last minute road trip to Florida by his roommates, and she was a freshman from another southern university on an annual visit to see family and friends. Lee’s shy nature was no match for Andi’s buoyant, self-confident personality, and the two quickly became inseparable. Their week together under the spell of the Florida panhandle was abruptly ended when she was summoned home, but Lee vowed they would beat the odds against long distance relationships and find a way to make it work between them. In return, Andi handed Lee a sealed white envelope with strict orders not to open it until she instructed him to. As he watched Andi drive away through tear filled eyes, her envelope gripped tightly in his hand, little did Lee realize that events had been taking place around them that would ultimately derail the promise of a future together.
The future, and Lee, were crushed when a letter arrived bearing the tragic news of Andi’s death in a car accident during her return trip from Florida. Lee did the only thing he could…he fled. He ran away from his friends, from school, from everything that reminded him of the girl who had captured his heart and soul.
Now years later, Lee is a recent widower struggling to get his life back on track once again. After stumbling across objects from his past that bring back painful memories of abandoned relationships and a fleeting love, he resolves himself to reconnect with his old college buddies. Their nostalgic get together ends in a pact to seek out the answers to questions Lee couldn’t bring himself to ask thirty years ago. In doing so the Knights happen to run into a female private detective who is attempting to solve a 30 year old murder case and together the answers they find that have them in the predicament they find themselves now, but also hint at even larger question.
Could Andi still be alive?
Status: My first novel, in need of some serious editing.
FALLEN KNIGHT (Mystery/Thriller)
Most of America is unaware that in 1984 the largest bio-terrorist attack on U.S. soil took place in the Pacific Northwest. Seven hundred and fifty-one people were sickened, but miraculously nobody died. Now in a quiet commuting town just outside of our nations capital there exists a growing threat in someone who believes one inescapable truth...they can do better.
Lee Hamilton is a HR Manager whose stereotypical life is buoyed by his recent marriage to an old flame, and his relationship with five old college buddies, the Knights. That changes early one morning when one of the Knights is found brutally beaten and left for dead.
For Lee and the others a long forgotten motto comes rushing back -- you mess with one Knight, you mess with them all. They wonder if the attack is related to their friend’s recent hiring at a private detective agency and their answer comes from the firm's manager, Dianne Williams. She suspects the beating is connected to an attempted poisoning of her office staff and that someone is trying to put the agency, specifically its newest investigator, out of commission. With their friend lying in a coma and Dianne's workforce seriously ill, an old alliance is re-formed between the determined investigator and the Knights to hunt down those responsible. The mystery deepens when clues are uncovered that point to a Columbine-style school shooting in Virginia.
The unconventional group follows the trail into the midst of less than helpful local officials and a population distrustful of outsiders. Despite the obstacles, they learn that everything is not as reported in the news, including a set of mysterious numbers connecting the school shooting to other crimes, each one escalating in scope and violence. The most baffling clue of all is the suicide note left by the young shooter that simply reads…I’m not finished yet. Now their efforts have drawn the attention of an improbable puppet master who decides to teach the Dianne and the Knights a lesson, one which will not only put their lives in danger, but thousands of others as well.
Status: Ready for querying agents.
KNIGHT WATCH (Mystery/Thriller)
The trajectory of Private Detective Dianne Williams life was determined at a young age on the night her parents were killed in an automobile accident. The police were never able to identify the driver of the other vehicle and that unsolved mystery drove Dianne into a career of criminal investigation and eventually become manager of Greenville's most successful Private Investigation firm.
Now 20 years later, a cryptic note addressed to Dianne found in the shoe of a man murdered on a commercial jet while in mid-flight, leads Dianne to believe that her parents death may have not been an accident. Once again she calls on Lee and the Knights to help her uncover a trail of long kept secrets that reach all the way up to the highest levels of our government and surprisingly began on the steps of the Twin Towers.
MOVING FEAR (YA Paranormal)We are indeed a planet on the move. In the United States alone the average American moves 11.7 times in a lifetime. The length of an average move approximates the distance from New York City to Des Moines, and involves 6,900 pounds of possessions. It is one of those times when we are most vulnerable, and in people’s lives moving is the third most stressful event, behind only death and divorce.
It’s why it chooses them. It’s why it has remained unnoticed for so long.
To hear other people tell it (including his own family), Knox Gidden is nothing but a sixteen year old, stuck-up, military-brat...emphasis on brat. The constant moving from state to state and school to school had left him withdrawn, bitter, with a tendency to act out following each of his father’s transfers. But that was before, and despite what people may say…sometimes we do get what we wish for. It appears his family is finally settling down, but not before losing his mother to cancer and a prank-gone-wrong has tragically sentenced his younger brother to a wheelchair. Now Knox must do his best to make amends for past behavior and earn back his families trust.
The move to Ox Bow was intended to be a fresh start, but unbeknownst to the Gidden’s something else has moved in with them. The appearance of a mysterious black box in Knox’s room marks the first of ominous events that have repeated for centuries. Inside awaits an ancient evil, a demon that has chosen one of the Gidden’s as its next vessel to do its bidding. It falls to Knox to figure out who that is and find a way to defeat the entity without killing its human host. Along the way Knox meets the socially inept boy from next door desperate to make a friend, and the girl-guardian who’s reluctant to let that happen. But time is running out for the three of them as the malevolent force draws closer to obtaining the two things it hungers for most, mortal fear…and fresh souls.
Status: 1st draft complete.
APOLLO'S GHOST (Horror/Sci-Fi)
Brett Hannity thought her life was as stressful as it could possibly get. A single mother to a precocious six year old, working full-time at a low-level NASA job during the day while attending college courses at night, and trying to take care of an aging aunt who's experiencing the onset of dementia and claiming to regularly hold conversations with her astronaut brother, Brett's father, who's been dead for 20 years. Most days were a struggle at best.
Then she was almost killed by a small plane crashing into the side of her house...and she too saw a vision of her dead father.
Stress was only the beginning.
Status: Mulling Over
ITINERARY - my first short story. Submitted for possible publication.
FIGMENT - short story.
TIL DEATH DO US JOIN - short story.