Oboe

Oboe

by Robert P. French

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Overview

A ritualistic murder. An autistic child who saw more than he knows. Can one detective solve the riddle before a ruthless killer strikes again?

Detective Cal Rogan is down to his last shot. His supervising officer has him on probation and he's determined to prove he's cleaned up his act. But his return to the department may be enough to drive him back to the lure of heroin when he sees the crime scene of a child's grisly murder.

On the search for clues, he starts to suspect the young victim's death is only a small piece of a bloody conspiracy steeped in ritual. Before long, he finds himself swept into the strange world of a religious cult. Between the zealous believers and closely guarded secrets, his best chance at solving the case may come from a single word uttered by an autistic boy.

With his colleagues turned against him, can Rogan solve the puzzle and catch a child-killer before he claims his next victim?

Oboe is the second book in the exhilarating Cal Rogan Mysteries crime thriller series. If you like flawed heroes, high-stakes suspense, and twists and turns that'll leave you guessing, then you'll love Robert P. French's gritty thrill ride!

Buy Oboe to crack the code to a complex, compelling mystery today!

Product Details

BN ID: 2940161854624
Publisher: Robert P. French
Publication date: 09/11/2018
Series: Cal Rogan Mysteries , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 1,164,475
File size: 537 KB

About the Author

My life as a writer began around February 12th, 2003. At the beginning of that year, I had reluctantly decided to leave the company I had put my heart and soul into, as Chief Technology Officer, and was doing what all techies do when out of work—trying to find some consulting projects. After a long morning on the phone, I opened a new WORD document and started to write a story that had been sitting in the back of my mind for months. I wrote until near midnight. I was hooked. I worked for several months on that book and stalled after about 30,000 words. I turned to my trusty helper, The Writer's Handbook, a book published in the 1960's as a series of essays by well known authors. I opened the book at random and found a bit of advice: if you get stuck on one book, put it to one side and write another... which is exactly what I did. I wrote a business thriller, anchored in some of my experiences in the world of high-tech. It was called by the awful name Vengeance dot com. I received over seventy rejections.

Then I discovered Lisa Rector-Maass, an independent editor in New York City. I was so impressed with what she had to say that I engaged her to help me with the book, now renamed Sting the Scorpion. Lisa did a wonderful thirty-seven page review of the book, pointing out everything that was right with it and everything that was wrong and why. After studying this review, I decided that I would need a major rewrite and, even then, I did not know if it would be a winner. I mentally reframed the three years spent as my apprenticeship.

While writing, I was earning my living by doing consulting work and had a client in the downtown east side of Vancouver. Every day on my way to the office, I would carefully step around needles and other drug paraphernalia, discarded by addicts. I often used to walk past an alley that was always teeming with addicts and I got obsessed with the idea of how awful it would be to wake up one morning in that alley. Thus was Junkie born. I worked with Lisa from day one and she was my editor, writing mentor and friend. If you are a writer you could not do better than to make her your editor.

Junkie was finished in November, 2010 and the work of submitting to agents began. After six months, I got tired of the waiting and went indy. I think it might have been the best decision ever. Time will tell.

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