When Ed Lazenby let his friends talk him into being a volunteer tutor at a local middle school, he figured it would be boring, but easy, and it was only for a couple of hours, three days a week. It's not as if he had anything more important to do, anyway. But, when the school principal is found stabbed to death in his office, by Ed of all people, life becomes anything but simple. There's no shortage of suspects, but Ed has to find out how the killer got into the school with the weapon, and out again without being seen. His motives are personal; on the one hand, he's an amateur sleuth who can't resist sticking his nose into a crime, and the other-he's one of the suspects. He knows he's innocent, but can he find the real killer before a couple of overzealous detectives decide he's their man?
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About the Author
After three consecutive overseas tours, he returned to Washington where he served as the Special Assistant to the Director of PM Bureau's Office of Defense Trade Controls. After Washington, he went to Freetown, Sierra Leone as Deputy Chief of Mission.
In 1998, he became the first American consul general in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, with consular responsibility for Vietnam from Hue to Phu Quoc Island. In 2002, he became ambassador to Cambodia, serving for three years. During the 2005-2006 academic year he served as diplomat-in-residence at the University of Houston. After leaving that job, he was appointed deputy assistant secretary of defense for Prisoners of War/Missing Personnel Affairs in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, responsible for the recovery, repatriation and identification of personnel missing from World War II to current conflicts.
His final assignment before retiring from the Foreign Service was as ambassador to Zimbabwe, from 2009 to 2012.
He holds a B.S. in business administration from Benedictine College, Atchison, KS; an M.S. in systems management from the University of Southern California; and an M.S. in national security management from the National War College. Ray is also a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College (resident/non-resident program), the Army War College's Land Forces Commander Course, and the Defense Intelligence School's Postgraduate Intelligence Course.
His military awards include two Bronze Stars, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, and the Humanitarian Service Medal among others. He received a Superior Honor and a Meritorious Honor Award from the Department of State, and the Distinguished Civilian Service Award from the Department of Defense.
A native of Texas, Ray now leaves in suburban Maryland, just outside Washington, DC, with his wife, Myung.