by Blair Howard
GENRE: Mystery/Crime Fiction
It's midnight on a cold and snowy night in January when a beautiful young girl, Tabitha Willard, throws herself off the Walnut Street Bridge. Harry Starke happens to be there. Wrong time, wrong place? Maybe. Although he tries, he is unable to stop her. Thus begins a series of events and an investigation that involves a local United States congressman, a senior lady senator from Boston, a local crime boss, several very nasty individuals, sex, extortion, high finance, and three murders. Harry has to work his way through a web of deceit and corruption until finally.... Well, as always, there's a twist in the tale, several in fact.
Harry Starke is a big fish in a small pond. He's a tough individual with a past and a conscience. He has friends in high places. He’s single, successful, wealthy, a womanizer, well educated, and he will hurt you if he needs to. This book is the first in the series of Harry Starke novels.
Now here she was in the wind and the snow, running, frightened, looking back over her shoulder, as if she thought she was being chased. Then she tripped, stumbled, almost fell. I started toward her, but as soon as she saw me, she stopped, put her hands to her mouth, looked desperately about her, then turned, ran to the rail and started to climb.
"No!" I sprinted the few yards that separated us, but I was too late. She was on the rail before I could reach her. She looked wildly around, first along Walnut and then at me... and then she jumped. I dived the last couple of yards, my arms outstretched, and I managed to grab the collar of that fancy parka with both hands. I slammed into the rail. Man was she heavy? I hung onto the fabric, hauled on it as hard as I could, but it wasn't enough. She simply threw her arms over her head, slipped out of it, and down she went. I barely heard the splash over the noise of the wind howling through the ironwork above. I leaned over the rail, looked down. Nothing, just the white caps on the river some eighty feet below. She wouldn't last more than a few minutes in those icy waters, always supposing she'd survived the fall.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Blair Howard was born and raised in England. He writes sweeping historical epics, and is the author of four historical novels, with a fifth due to be released at the end of July this year: be on the lookout for Three Days in Hell: a Novel of the American Civil War. His current novels are: Chickamauga: a Novel of the American Civil War; The Mule Soldiers: a Novel of the American Civil War; The Chase: a Novel of the American Civil War: and Comanche: a Novel of the Old West. His new book, Harry Starke, mystery novel will be available on September 4, 2015 All of Blair's books are available on Amazon as eBooks or Paperbacks.
Blair is also a travel writer and professional photographer specializing in golf travel, vacation travel, and golf course photography. His travels take him throughout the United States, Europe and the Caribbean playing golf, writing about his experiences, and photographing the golf courses he visits. You can follow him on About.com here: http://abt.cm/1zoDpei.
Blair is the author of more than 40 books and more than 4,500 magazine, newspaper, and web articles. His work has appeared in many national and international publications, including Delta's Sky Magazine, PHOTOgraphic magazine, The Mail on Sunday, The Walking Magazine, Petersen's Hunting Magazine, The Boston Herald, The Detroit Free-Press, The Anchorage Times and many more.
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A new to me author, and one I am intrigued by, Blair Howard offers up an interesting mix of sexy thriller procedural in "Harry Starke." The eponymous hero, Harry, is a sort of Jack Reach type enigma only with an apparently giant libido that he uses to not only enmesh himself into the investigation that includes a sex club used by politicians and others and by one in particular to get those folks in trouble, but also to end up in a relationship--although not his long-suffering cop girlfriend that we are made to believe is "the one", but one of the almost-framed politicians.
Complex sounding? It's not, really. Harry Starke moves at a satisfying pace from instigating incident, through investigation to reveal even if the reveal itself is a bit long-winded. It has a nice mashup of thug bad guys and slimy Senators and their over-eager, doomed staff members and the touch of sexy gives it a nice oomph.
A solid read, great if you are into Lee Child-style, coffee-addicted heroes with a bit of a sex addiction with an author who has a deft touch with dialogue and a great sense of pacing.