#TheFriendlyLiteratureFestivalByTheSea Margate Bookie, Friday 22nd – Sunday 24th November @margatebookie @andsoshethinks

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Today I’m not on a blogtour, but I’m sharing information about Margate Bookie, the friendly literature festival by the sea.

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It’s a registered charity (number 1174819) which works to encourage a love of literature. This literary festival has been held in Margate every year since 2015. Lovingly looked after by Andreas Loizou. And now it’s back for its fifth year, with a line up that’s bigger and better than ever!
Headliners are Mark Billingham, creator of the Tom Thorne crime series, and Lisa Jewell, who’s sold over 4.5 million copies of her psychological thrillers. They’re joined by Louis de Bernières (Captain Corelli’s Mandolin), Alison Weir (the top-selling female historian in the United Kingdom) and Richard Skinner (head of the Faber & Faber academy).

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Lisa Jewell
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Alison Weir

Top names include Tom Jackson, the man behind the cult Twitter and books Postcards From The Past.

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Travis Elborough, author of Wish You Were Here and described by The Guardian as ‘one of the country’s finest pop culture historians’ discusses working class culture alongside Melanie McGrath, writer of Pie and Mash down the Roman Road. And in an intoxicating hour of burlesque, ballet and banana dancing, SelfMadeHero and Dr Sketchy’s Anti-Art School team up for a unique life drawing experience.
You’ll get a chance to meet superstar psychological novelists like Nicci Cloke (Toxic), Sunday Times No 1 Bestsellers Renee Knight (Disclaimer) and Lesley Kara (The Rumour), as well as SJ Watson who wrote Before I Go To Sleep which was turned into a movie starring Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth. PJ Whiteley and his band play the music that inspired his third novel, A Love of Two Halves.
Writers are always well looked after at the Bookie. Sebastian Baczkiewicz, author of Radio 4’s Pilgrim, shares trade secrets on how to write drama. In How to Perfect Your Submission, Scott Pack of Guardian Masterclasses offers practical advice on how to pitch your book to agents and publishers. In their latest workshop applying the science of happiness to creative writing, Elise Valmorbida and Vanessa King explore how to engage your senses to write freely. Graphic novelist and team builder Meirion Jones presents his unique course The Graphic Experience.

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Elise Valmorbida and Vanessa King

The festival supports local writers as well as big name authors. There will be a mask workshop with Annie Sutton, group storytelling and rope making from the Listening Post and Waste Land Walking Group, and special movie shows at the Margate School. And local writers will read from their latest works, covering everything from comedy to yoga, love stories to local history, and everything in between. We’ll welcome comedy writer Dale Shaw (Russell Howard’s Good News, That Mitchell and Webb Sound), musician and author Marianne Dissard (Not Me), Maggie Harris (In Margate By Lunchtime) and many, many more.
The festival takes place from Friday 22nd – Sunday 24th November, and coincides with the Turner Prize being resident at the Turner Contemporary, offering an amazing opportunity for visitors to each event to explore new and interesting art forms.
To find out more go to MargateBookie.com. Or buy tickets direct from Eventbrite.

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Today I’m on the ‘Man At The Door (Mike O’Shea Crime Fiction Book 3)’ blogtour, organised by Baker’s Blog Tours and Promo.
To promote this book I have a Q&As post, but before I let you read it first some ‘basic’ information.

About the Author :

3d fleury_juliette_gbFor almost thirty years, Desmond P. Ryan began every day of his working life with either a victim waiting in a hospital emergency room, or a call to a street corner or a blood-soaked room where someone had been left for dead. Murder, assaults on a level that defied humanity, sexual violations intended to demean, shame, and haunt the individuals who were no more than objects to the offenders: all in a day’s work.
It was exhilarating, exhausting, and often heartbreaking.
As a Detective with the Toronto Police Service, Desmond P. Ryan wrote thousands of reports detailing the people, places, and events that led up to the moment he came along. He investigated the crimes and wrote synopses for guilty pleas detailing the circumstances that brought the accused individuals before the Courts. He also wrote a number of files to have individuals deemed either Not Criminally Responsible due to mental incapacity, or Dangerous Offenders to be held in custody indefinitely.
Now, as a retired investigator with three decades of research opportunities under his belt, Desmond P. Ryan writes crime fiction.
Real Detective. Real Crime. Fiction.

Synopsis :

MATD coverMan At The Door, the third in Desmond P. Ryan’s Mike O’Shea Crime Fiction Series, Detective Mike O’Shea solves a homicide, juggles an increasingly complex personal life, and continues to hunt for the cop-killer who has remained at large for the past thirteen years.
It all begins at 6:10 a.m. on a Friday morning when Glen Brebeuf calls demanding answers. He had reported his former lover, Elizabeth MacDonald, missing the previous day and Detective Mike O’Shea finds himself cleaning up the mess some rookie had made of the initial call.
Within hours, Mike takes over the investigation and is on the doorstep of the missing elderly woman’s home, determining that Elizabeth MacDonald—Sibby Mac to her friends—is not missing.
Sibby Mac has been murdered.
Along with Detective Ron Roberts and Detective Sergeant Amanda Black, Mike kicks the investigation into high gear. Very quickly, the ex-lover and a high-profile political figure become prime suspects, but, without a body, would there be enough evidence to charge either of them?
A day spent sifting through rancid garbage at one of the city dumps comes up empty for Mike and Ron, but a foul-smelling steamer trunk reported in another jurisdiction provides the eureka moment they need to proceed.
Meanwhile, Mike is doing double-duty, still investigating what he believes to be a link between the accused he has up in court now and his old partner’s killer.
And then there is his mother. Sensing that her son needs her, Mary-Margaret O’Shea has moved into Mike’s home—and his personal and professional life—pending further notice.
As the pieces of the Sibby Mac investigation start to fall into place, Mike follows up on a hunch and decides to take a detour on his way to work one morning. Using every trick in the book, he ends up saving a life, nearly ending another, and almost getting himself killed in the process.
Whether as a stand-alone or as your next step in the Mike O’Shea Crime Fiction Series, Man At The Door will keep you reading far too late into the night following Detective Mike O’Shea through the twists and turns of a homicide investigation. Once you’re done, take a breath and get reading for Blind Spot, coming out in early 2020!

Q&A :

Hi

First of all thank you very much for taking the time to answer my questions, I really appreciate it. Here we go! 🙂
My absolute pleasure. Thank you for asking me.

Can you, for those who don’t know you already, tell something about yourself and how you became an author?
Well, I was born and raised in Toronto, Canada, and lived there until about a month ago when my wife and I moved back to her home town of London (Ontario). I joined the Toronto Police Service (it was the Metropolitan Toronto Police Force back then) in 1987 and,after almost thirty years, retired as a detective. Having spent all of that time writing reports, court documents, and other legal stuff, I decided to take all of that experience and turn it into something, and here I am. Or, more importantly, here is ‘The Mike O’Shea Crime Fiction Series’.
Fun fact? I’m a classically trained pianist. True story.

Which books did/do you love to read as a child/now as a grown-up?
Truth to tell, I did not read a lot growing up. To compensate, I did my undergrad degree at the University of Toronto in English Literature. I really enjoyed Dickens and anything by F Scott Fitsgerald. And then I discovered Raymond Chandler, Joseph Wambaugh, Peter Temple. And Maya Angelou and Paulo Coehlo.
I look for strong—often unconventional—characters and a story with moral undertones and subtle social commentary.

Is there a writer whose brain you would love to pick for advice? Who would that be and why?
I would love to be able to sit down with Charles Dickens and ask him how the heck he was able to keep track of so many characters and so many storylines while working on such a tight deadline.

If you could, which fictional character (from your own book(s) or someone else’s) would you like to invite for tea and why?
Oh, that’s a great question! I feel like I spend enough time with the characters of my own books, so I’d choose someone else. I think I’d have to say Don Quixote, although, really, I think he’d be the type of character you’d want to go for a couple of pints (or bottles of wine) with! He’s kind of a hopeless romantic in the truest sense of the word who stumbles across fabulously interesting characters while pursuing some hapless quest. I’d definitely be humming (if not outright singing) ‘The Impossible Dream’ at some point during our meeting!

Do you have some rituals or habits whilst writing?
You know, I don’t. As un-sexy as that sounds, I have none. My time is incredibly crunched so I organzied my day to give me a couple of hours to write and, when those hours arrive, I sit down and start. If I’m absolutely not feeling it, I edit. But I sit down and do something every day.

Where do you come up with your idea(s)? Do people in your life need to be worried? 😉
Haha! Increasingly, I am drawing names from people I’ve known, although I have yet to cast those names as pivotal characters. The ideas come from my years on the job, with the twists and turns that I imagine.

Are you a plotter or do you go with the flow, as a pantser?
I am a plotter whose plots get hijacked by my characters. I try to nail down the chapters and what needs to happen to keep the story going, and then, out of nowhere, a character will pipe up and the chapter’s flow will shift or another chapter will have to be added or…. I find the whole process kind of amusing and am sometimes qutie surprised at the outcome(s).
MaryMargaret O’Shea, for example, was just supposed to be a bit player in ‘The Mike O’Shea Crime Fiction Series’. The more I wrote her, however, the stronger a character she became, such that, by the time she appears in ‘Man At The Door’, she is practically taking over the subplot. As a result, I’ve had to give her her own cozy series (coming out soon!).

Can you give novice writers some tips (do’s/don’ts)?
The only real suggestion I would make is to stick with it. If you think it’s good, somebody else will, too. Maybe a lot of people will. And that would be great.
Writing is a very solitary activity, and we/I look for external validation. Be open to the possibility of what that may look like: a traditional publishing deal, seeing your books on the shelves of your local library, doing a reading at a book club, interacting with readers via social media, or maybe something more personal like typing ‘The End’ on your 70,000-word manuscript. Whatever the case may be, if you’ve got it in you, write it down.

What are your futureplans as an author?
There are three more books in ‘The Mike O’Shea Crime Fiction Series’. Before that, though, I’ll be lunching the MaryMargaret Cozies. I’m toying with the idea of a noir based on D/s Robby Williams, but we shall see. A number of readers really love Detective Julia Vendrameni and have asked about a series for her. Or D/S Amanda Black.
Or maybe I’ll do something competely different!

Last, but not least : Can you give my readers one teaser from your book, which is featured here on my blog, please?
Absolutely! Grab a quick cuppa and enjoy.

The two men walked quickly from the car to the front door. Mike fumbled for a few moments with the house key he had taken from his pocket.
“Here, let me. The door can be ornery. There’s a trick to it.”
Standing back, Mike watched Brebeuf effortlessly unlock the door and push it open.
“You’ve done this before.”
“I told you I always watered her plants when she went on vacation, Detective,” Brebeuf sniffed.
Even though Mike had been to thousands of crime scenes during his career, none were more unnerving to him than homicide scenes, particularly after the body had been removed and the air had had time to settle. Maybe it was the influence of his mother’s version of Irish Catholicism, so deeply steeped in spirituality and otherworldliness, or maybe it was just his own imagination, but Mike always felt as though the deceased was watching him trample through their last worldly address. Shake it off.
Mike directed Brebeuf to the kitchen and pointed to the cluttered island. “I’d like you to take a look at this.” He noticed the chalked circles that were Forensics’ calling cards around various patches of red on the floor and wall and hoped that Brebeuf would not. “What do you see?”
Brebeuf pointed to the roll of plastic wrap that lay within the quagmire of random things. “This isn’t hers.”
“What isn’t hers?”
“This. Plastic wrap. Hated it. Doesn’t belong here.” The words practically exploded out of Brebeuf’s mouth.
“I’ll make a note of that. Tell me what else you see.”
“The cards, the scrabble pieces… She cheated, you know.”
“Okay.” Mike looked around the room to see if there was anything else to bring to Brebeuf’s attention.
“And she was terrible at it. I think it was the only thing she was terrible at. Everything else…” Brebeuf’s voice seemed to change very subtly, and Mike noticed the man’s shoulders starting to shake.
Shit. He’s crying.
“I’m sorry, Detective,” Brebeuf sniffled. “I thought I would be okay with this, but I guess I’m not. Can I have a picture of all of this and just write down what it is and where she got it from? I’m really not up to this now.” Turning abruptly, he walked out of the kitchen.
“Yeah, sure.” Mike followed behind as Brebeuf locked up the house. As the two men walked down the steps, Brebeuf stopped abruptly at the bottom one.
“She’d be so annoyed if she saw this.”
“What’s that?”
“This.” Brebeuf pointed up at a gouge in the wood of the second step from the top. “I knew he would damage the stairs with that trunk.”
“Who?” Mike’s hand froze on the car keys he had been hunting for in his coat pocket.
“The man at the door.”

Isn’t that a great reason to pick up this book and to find out more?!
Thanks once again for this lovely interview, Desmond P. Ryan.

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#BlogTour #RandRBookTours @RRBookTours1 @Shanannigans81 / #Review : Hope #Hope – Terry Tyler @TerryTyler4 #Dystopian

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Synopsis :

CoverTitle: Hope
Publication Date: May 24, 2019
Genre: Dystopian / Psychological Thriller

Terry Tyler’s nineteenth published work is a psychological thriller set in a dystopian near future – the UK, Year 2028.

Blogger Lita Stone and journalist Nick Freer live and work online, seeing life through soundbites, news TV and social media. Keeping the outside world at bay in their cozy flat, they observe the ruthless activities of the new PM and his celebrity fitness guru wife, Mona (hashtag MoMo), with the mild outrage that can be quelled simply by writing another blog post.
Meanwhile, in the outside world, multinational conglomerate Nutricorp is busy buying up supermarket chains, controlling the media, and financing the new compounds for the homeless: the Hope Villages.
Lita and Nick suspect little of the danger that awaits the unfortunate, until the outside world catches up with them – and Lita is forced to discover a strength she never knew she possessed.

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About the Author :

Author Pic(1)Terry Tyler is the author of nineteen books available from Amazon, the latest being ‘Hope’, a dystopian, psychological drama set in the UK, a decade into the future. She is currently at work on ‘Blackthorn’, a post-apocalyptic stand-alone story set in her fictional city of the same name. Proud to be independently published, Terry is an avid reader and book reviewer, and a member of Rosie Amber’s Book Review Team.
Terry is a Walking Dead addict, and has a great interest in history (particularly 14th-17th century), and sociological/cultural/anthropological stuff, generally. She loves South Park, Netflix, autumn and winter, and going for long walks in quiet places where there are lots of trees. She lives in the north east of England with her husband

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Review :

I had never heard of Terry Tyler before, but with ‘Hope’ she definitely put herself on my authors to follow-up and read more from list, because holy shit, what a great read this was!
Not only is this a dystopian which sets itself apart from the well-known ones, it’s also not so utopian anymore in my opinion.
Why you ask?
Well, as I’m in my almost mid-thirties and a blogger I’ve seen the world change a lot trough technology and the world wide web, so this story got me a bit in a kind of panic mode as I believe things I read about are already happening in the real world.
I mean everyone is almost every day, every hour online yapping away, posting pictures, giving, sometimes, rude comments,… .
It’s madness, how some (actually quite a lot!) things just clicked.
I don’t want to end up in a Hope Village, I mean there’s no hope there!
It really freaked me out, a bit like it did to Lita, Kendall and Nick, a couple of the characters in this book, I believe.
How I felt for Kendall when they said she wasn’t #FitForWork any longer.
It definitely gets you thinking as there are a lot of people who nowadays already struggle with their weight and so on.
I guess that’s the strength of this book, it hits home more than we want to from a dystopian.
This, together with some brilliant and relatable characters, makes it an incredible compelling and gripping read.
It made me really uncomfortable and I do hope that ‘Hope’ won’t be our real future.
As I’m fearly sure it would be worse for a person in a wheelchair than for the already suffering characters in this recommandable book!

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Today I’m on the ‘His to Defend’ blogtour, organised by R&R Book Tours.
To promote this book I have some ‘basic’ information.

About the Author :

Author PicA native Oklahoman, Rhenna Morgan is a certified romance junkie. Whether it’s contemporary, paranormal, or fantasy you’re after, Rhenna’s stories pack romantic escape full of new, exciting worlds, and strong, intuitive men who fight to keep the women they want. For advance release news and exclusive content, sign up for her newsletter at http://RhennaMorgan.com. You’ll also find all of her social links there, along with her smoking hot inspiration boards.

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Synopsis :

His to Defend coverTitle: His to Defend
Publication Date: October 14th, 2019
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Carina Press
Length: 384 Pages

Book one of NOLA Knights, the heart-stoppingly sexy spin-off series by Men of Haven author Rhenna Morgan
His world. His rules. Her love.
Though his methods may be rough, when it comes to protecting what’s his, Russian vor Sergei Petrovyh’s heart is always in the right place. That’s never been more true than when the gorgeous Evette Labadie asks him for a job. He knows enough to keep his hands off someone as beloved by the locals as Evie, but there’s something about her that calls to him—no matter how badly he burns to make her his.
Don’t think Evie hasn’t noticed the powerful Russian mafia boss who makes her favorite diner a regular stop. How can she not? He’s as hot as his reputation is dangerous. But everyone in her struggling New Orleans neighborhood knows he’s the man to turn to. And right now she needs money to get her son out of trouble.
Her other needs—needs she knows damn well Sergei can more than satisfy—will have to wait.
Evie soon finds herself playing Cinderella to a man who, despite what people believe, is definitely more prince than villain. She can’t help falling deeper in love with each passing day. But when a turf war between Sergei and a rival brings violence to her doorstep, Evie must come to grips with loving a man who will do anything to defend her…or walk away from her best chance at a happily-ever-after of her very own.

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Today I’m on the ‘Sacrificing Starlight’ blogtour, organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.
To promote this book I have a some ‘basic’ information for you.

About the Author :

VNcBOPrwDavid Pipe was born in 1949 in a small Essex village. He attended a local grammar school then the University of Hull where he took a B.Sc in chemistry. He worked in the pharmaceutical industry in England and South Africa before studying for a PhD in organic chemistry at Imperial College. After spells at universities in Geneva and Mulhouse he joined the oil industry in Germany where, aged 53, he gratefully took a redundancy package. Following a period of self-employment he wound down his business, eventually giving it up to scratch the writing itch which has produced Sacrificing Starlight, a timely reminder of the risks our children face and Henry’s Tale, where ghostwriting for his furry friend he describes the emotional growth of a puppy on the rollercoaster of life, compressed into a few weeks because puppies learn faster than their staff.
When he’s not writing David spends his time travelling, reading, swimming and jogging. He is married and lives in Hamburg with his wife and their Border terrier Henry.

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Synopsis :

c9lk95bQTime’s running out for DCI Hunter. His wife and child are missing, perhaps even dead. Unable to pursue those responsible he’s transferred to the wild landscape of Cornwall where another child has disappeared.
Alice Trevelyan’s father has his own agenda and wants retribution for the loss of his little girl and metes out his own violent justice.
Will Trevelyan help or hinder?
Hunter has to make his move if he wants to save Starlight.
But can anyone in this remote location be trusted?

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Today I’m on the ‘Dawn of the Assassin’ blogtour, organised by R&R Book Tours.
To promote this book I have some ‘basic’ information.

About the Author :

Author PicBill Brewer is a member of the Faculty of the College of Health Sciences and Technology at RIT where he serves as the Director of Exercise Science within the Wegmans School of Health and Nutrition. His areas of instruction include Anatomy & Physiology as well as numerous courses in Exercise Science.
Bill is a family man, happily married and the proud father of a son and two daughters. He lives in the South Wedge of Rochester NY. and loves to find outdoor adventure in the Adirondacks and in the Frontenac region of Ontario, Canada.

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Synopsis :

Book CoverTitle: Dawn of the Assassin
Expected Publication Date: October 15, 2019
Genre: Action/ Adventure/ Thriller

Dawn of the Assassin is an action/adventure thriller in which David Diegert, a young man of mixed race from a dysfunctional family, is coerced into becoming a hitman for an immensely wealthy, powerful man.
Thrust into violent situations, he surprises everyone, including himself, with how deadly he can be. After successfully completing trial missions, Diegert is selected for an advanced training program. The fate of the one person he loves, the reputation of his trainer and his own life depend on his ability to prevail in the final challenge of the program, the tournament of assassins.
With fast-paced writing, immersive action scenes, and surprises for Diegert around every corner, Dawn of the Assassin, is sure to keep thriller fans turning the pages.

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Today I’m on the ‘Justice Gone’ blogtour, organised by Damppebbles Blog Tour.
To promote this book I have an excerpt, but before I let you read it first some ‘basic’ information.

About the Author :

N_Lombardi_2N. Lombardi Jr, the N for Nicholas, has spent over half his life in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, working as a groundwater geologist. Nick can speak five languages: Swahili, Thai, Lao, Chinese, and Khmer (Cambodian).
In 1997, while visiting Lao People’s Democratic Republic, he witnessed the remnants of a secret war that had been waged for nine years, among which were children wounded from leftover cluster bombs. Driven by what he saw, he worked on The Plain of Jars for the next eight years.
Nick maintains a website with content that spans most aspects of the novel: The Secret War, Laotian culture, Buddhism etc.
His second novel, Journey Towards a Falling Sun, is set in the wild frontier of northern Kenya.
His latest novel, Justice Gone was inspired by the fatal beating of a homeless man by police.
Nick now lives in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

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Synopsis :

WINNER OF THREE AWARDS
2019 AMERICAN FICTION AWARD
NATIONAL INDIE EXCELLENCY AWARD – Best Legal Thriller OF 2019
SILVER MEDAL WINNER 2019 READERS’ FAVORITES AWARDS
Chosen by Wiki.ezvid.com among their list of 10 Gripping and Intelligent Legal Thrillers

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Justice Gone coverWhen a homeless war veteran is beaten to death by the police, stormy protests ensue, engulfing a small New Jersey town. Soon after, three cops are gunned down.
A multi-state manhunt is underway for a cop killer on the loose. And Dr. Tessa Thorpe, a veteran’s counselor, is caught up in the chase.
Donald Darfield, an African-American Iraqi war vet, war-time buddy of the beaten man, and one of Tessa’s patients, is holed up in a mountain cabin. Tessa, acting on instinct, sets off to find him, but the swarm of law enforcement officers gets there first, leading to Darfield’s dramatic capture.
Now, the only people separating him from the lethal needle of state justice are Tessa and ageing blind lawyer, Nathaniel Bodine. Can they untangle the web tightening around Darfield in time, when the press and the justice system are baying for revenge?”

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Publishing Information:
Published in paperback and ebook formats by Roundfire Books on 22nd February 2019.

Excerpt :

In a room with butter-yellow walls and brown-trimmed moldings, imitation wood-patterned linoleum covering the concrete floor, they sat around a square walnut table; the U.S. Marshal and the delegate from the New Jersey State Police Investigations Branch were at the two heads. By implicit consensus, the U.S. Marshal was reckoned to hold the chair. He was an African-American with closely cut, slightly graying kinked hair and a square chocolate face. He had a distinguished black man’s type of mustache, a velvety salt-and-pepper velour above his upper lip. His hands were clasped on the table as he hunched forward to speak. “I think it’s safe to say that all three acts were perpetrated by the same group and that the connection is the Felson incident. And being that the video of the incident is popular on the internet, provoking all sorts of wackos out there, the assistance of the FBI is most welcome.”
There were two FBI guys, and the contrast between them was so stark that one could conceive it was intentional. One, Agent Crawford, had bushy brown hair, a beak nose, and thick lips, and wore tortoiseshell eyeglasses, while his partner was shaven- headed with thin, nondescript features. Agent Crawford spoke up. “As a matter of routine, we contacted the Marine Corps personnel section to see who his wartime buddies were and whether they fit. We are also investigating several anti-police groups, Second Amendment people, and other related activist groups, focusing on the SPB, the Stop Police Brutality network, as it was they who were responsible for releasing the names and addresses of the officers involved over the net. We are refining our query to those members of any dubious organizations who live within a fifty-mile radius.”
His spooky bald partner spoke up. “If need be, we can easily expand that, but it’s our opinion that this was a local guy, and not some conspiracy group from outside. We feel it’s more likely that this could have been perpetrated by a single individual: easier to plan, less chance of being seen.”
Len Peterson spoke up, his usually dispassionate Nordic face showing some anxiety. “After canvassing the immediate vicinities of all three murders, there was only one woman near the Fox shooting who thought she heard a single shout. Otherwise, nobody saw or heard anything. We assume that the weapon is a sniper rifle with a range of a thousand yards; and because no one heard gunshots at any of the scenes, we assume he used a suppressor. At this point we’re not sure of the line of fire, so we’re concentrating within a ninety-degree quadrant in each case, looking for sheltered, isolated places which are concealed yet provide good vantage. So far, we’ve found only some shoe prints in two of these sites, but they don’t look recent. Whether these fellows are local or not, it’s likely they didn’t stick around. And so as not to overlook anything, we’ve also contacted the New York Police Department and got in touch with the Fifth Precinct, who will extend their cooperation in questioning people at the Manhattan clinic that Felson was attending.”
Lt. Colonel Calvin Gerhard of the New Jersey State Police Investigations Branch leaned forward in his chair so that everyone could see him. His elongated angular face, capped with a crew cut, and dominated by wide, stone-cold eyes and full corpulent lips, exuded a no-nonsense attitude. Other than Chief Peterson, he was the only one wearing his uniform. “These murders all occurred within hours of each other. That takes planning, knowing where these men live, timing their movements, etcetera. The shooter has shown himself to be a cold, calculating killer. He even shot that poor dog for Chrissakes!”
“What have we got in respect to the CSI?” the U.S. Marshal threw out to the group.
“We believe we have all the bullets,” Peterson responded wearily. “There were exit wounds, one only in each of the bodies. We collected one bullet from each scene; caliber .308 Winchester.
Despite exhaustive searches of the grounds, we didn’t find the cartridges or anything else. But the bullets seemed modified. The ballistics report should be ready sometime tomorrow, as well as the report from the coroner’s office; then we’ll know more.”
“Weapon?” asked the U.S. Marshal.
Trooper Gerhard answered. “Could be any number of guns that use that ammo. Not only the generic Winchester, but the Remington 700 series can use the same bullets, and hell, there must be hundreds of models…”
The cue-ball head of the second FBI agent jerked up. “The military has many sniper rifles based on the Remington 700 series. The M24 is the Army rifle, and the M40 series is what the Marines use. Consistent so far with a local Marine. Isn’t Jay Felson’s father a veteran of the Marine Corps?”
The U.S. Marshal then directed his attention to Bruntfield’s chief of police. “Chief Peterson?”
Len Peterson lived his whole life in Bruntfield. He knew almost everyone, and almost everyone knew him. His normally sparkling blue eyes were dull and downcast, his gray hair graying more by the minute, making him seem more aged than his usual appearance. “We intend to dispatch Detectives Cavaluzzi and Ryan to the home of Marshal Felson, the boy’s father, as soon as this meeting has concluded. He is being considered a person of interest at the present time.”
Gerhard shifted restlessly in his chair. “Chief Peterson, given the manner in which these crimes have been carried out, I would consider approaching any suspect with extreme caution. I would suggest a state SWAT team to accompany your detectives.”
Peterson was flabbergasted. “I’m not going to send a SWAT team to Marshal Felson’s house! At this point he’s still a well- respected citizen, and we just need to question him…”
“But if he feels cornered, trapped…” “That’s ridiculous.”
“Ridiculous? Didn’t he release a burst of automatic gunfire at the press people?”
Peterson felt defeated. “But that was different. He was upset.” “And how upset do you think he is now? How upset would he have to be to gun down those men?” “I know this man…”
Gerhard entreated the rest of the group, intending to bring this meeting to a practical conclusion. “We need to determine jurisdiction before this meeting closes.”
The U.S. Marshal intervened. “We feel the best arrangement would be that the New Jersey State Troopers should lead the law enforcement aspect, with investigative support from the FBI. The Bruntfield Police Department will be seconded and provide assistance. The U.S. Marshal’s office will also supplement personnel on the ground.”
And that was that.

The Magic of Wor(l)ds

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