Now that the first “Red” Shaw novel — Blood Solutions — is in the hands of some readers and the inventories of a growing list of online book stores, it’s time to make some serious progress on the next one.
I already know where the body is found, and you don’t.
The term “boots on the ground” is popular among the politicians and talking heads who increasingly and disturbingly adopt military-sounding lingo while discussing our participation in deadly violence around the world.
Its four syllables (and worse, the lazy acronym you can see on Twitter) make it shorter than the more precise and honest “America’s sons and daughters” who wear the boots that some are so eager to put on the ground.
If you want to send your fellow citizens off to kill and be killed on your behalf, say it clearly.
About my new crime novel, almost ready for prime time…
Detective Sgt. Edward “Red” Shaw had seen a lot of nasty business in his three decades with Des Moines PD, but the grisly slashing of an old man who was just trying to find his cat one night was among the nastiest.
Shaw knew right away that something was different, that the case would be like nothing he’d worked before.
It didn’t help that his longtime partner was laid up with a bum leg, that Sally wasn’t around, that he’d gotten drunk a few hours before getting called to the crime scene, and that he showed up with a bad case of the queasies. Hung over was no way to start a hunt.
Shaw disliked the young assistant county attorney who caught the case, and he didn’t know about Randy Frye or the Talarico woman. He could’t imagine where the gruesome evidence would lead him.
And then there was Tina…
Agents and publishers
Please contact me if you would like to see sample chapters or the complete manuscript. Thank you.