Harm's Way

Harm's Way

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by Alan Annand
     
 

Lee Harms is an ex-cop turned private investigator. To his former partner, he’s a loyal friend with too much heart for the business; to his ex-wife, a cheating bastard; to his daughter, a hero; to his girlfriend, a bundle of contradictions; to his clients, a finder and a fixer.


When Harms accepts a case to retrieve the runaway daughter of an

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Lee Harms is an ex-cop turned private investigator. To his former partner, he’s a loyal friend with too much heart for the business; to his ex-wife, a cheating bastard; to his daughter, a hero; to his girlfriend, a bundle of contradictions; to his clients, a finder and a fixer.


When Harms accepts a case to retrieve the runaway daughter of an aspiring politician, his disregard of warnings to back off soon draws him into a plot of corruption, decadence and greed. And even when violence endangers everyone dear to him, his selfless sense of duty hurls him onward to the twisted end.


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Lee Harms is an ex-cop who’s traded financial security and office politics for the tenuous existence of a freelance investigator. He’s divorced and paying child support for a 10-year-old daughter whose affections he must earn, which isn’t easy when his ex-wife bad-mouths him every time he’s late on support payments. So when he gets a lucrative offer to trace a runaway girl, an assignment he generally declines, he goes after her with all the enthusiasm he can muster.


Political hopeful Doctor Reynolds has already paid $50K to suppress a videotape of his daughter in a lesbian porn flick; now there’s a second demand for $250K and promise of worse revelations to come. He wants her found and put on the next plane to England where she’ll go into rehab and put her life back together before she ruins his.


As Harms learns, she’s been living quite a life already – shoplifting, drug abuse, pornography, and maybe even prostitution. Everywhere he looks, he encounters the human archetypes of moral depravity, and every one of them warns him to drop the case before it gets too hot for him to handle. As stubborn as he is cash-strapped, he eventually locates the daughter at a party thrown by her current lover, a Honduran drug dealer. Although Harms extricates her, things get nasty in the chaos – the drug dealer winds up dead, and a large stash of his cocaine goes missing.


All of a sudden, Harms is in the cross-hairs of a death squad whose sole purpose is to find him and the girl, and kill them both to avenge the dealer’s death. When Harms turns out to be too elusive and tough to dispense with, the Hondurans attack his cop buddy and kidnap Harms’ own daughter to force his surrender. Meanwhile, someone has also killed his client Doctor Reynolds, jeopardizing the whole case, and throwing suspicion on him.


Overcoming huge odds, even as violence endangers everyone near and dear to him, Harms must use all his ingenuity to outwit a vicious drug gang, identify the unknown blackmailer and prove himself innocent of murder.


(80,500 words)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940011518133
Publisher:
Alan Annand
Publication date:
09/06/2011
Sold by:
Smashwords
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
141,997
File size:
2 MB

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