Scorpio Rising (New Age noir)
In the space of one hour, three strangers die violent deaths. A hit-and-run vehicle kills a dot-com millionaire jogging in San Francisco. A car bomb obliterates the team leader of a government counter-terrorism project in Los Alamos, New Mexico. An assailant ambushes a New York heiress walking home from Broadway and forces her own pepper spray down her throat.
In all three cases, investigators reach an immediate impasse. Each victim leaves an estate of millions, but their beneficiaries all have perfect out-of-town alibis. Theories swirl around the victims like flies on a corpse – a contract killing for financial gain, a lover’s quarrel spiraled out of control, a domestic al-Qaeda strike...? The police are stymied and the FBI is worried.
Axel Crowe, criminal psychologist, is summoned to New York by the brother of the woman who was murdered. Crowe is a man with an obscure past but a brilliant reputation. Occasionally he consults as a profiler for the police. More commonly, he is a finder of wayward people and stolen possessions. Despite initial stonewalling from the NYPD, Crowe profiles the killer in his own unique way – using astrology, palmistry and other unconventional techniques.
His investigation follows a tangled trail of illicit relationships – from one suspect to another and, eventually, yet another. Ultimately, he learns that all three victims were killed in the space of one hour. But is it coincidence or conspiracy?
Facts are gross, but the truth is subtle, Crowe’s guru used to tell him. And although the truth lies buried in the past, Crowe is relentless until he uncovers it.
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About the Author
ALAN ANNAND is a writer of crime fiction, offering an intriguing blend of mystery, suspense, thriller and occult genres. When he’s not dreaming up ingenious ways to kill people and thrill readers, he occasionally finds therapy in writing humor, short stories and faux book reviews. Before becoming a full-time writer and astrologer, he worked as a technical writer for the railway industry, a corporate writer for private and public sectors, a human resources manager and an underground surveyor. Currently, he divides his time between writing in the AM, astrology in the PM, and meditation on the OM. For those who care, he’s an Aries with a dash of Scorpio. ALAN ANNAND: - Writer of mystery suspense novels, and astrology books - Astrologer/palmist, trained in Western/Vedic astrology. - Amateur musician, agent provocateur and infomaniac. Websites: - Writing: www.sextile.com - Astrology: www.navamsa.com Fiction available at online retailers: - Al-Quebeca (police procedural mystery thriller) - Antenna Syndrome (hard-boiled sci-fi mystery thriller) - Felonious Monk (New Age Noir mystery thriller #2) - Harm’s Way (hard-boiled mystery thriller) - Hide in Plain Sight (psychological mystery suspense) - Scorpio Rising (New Age Noir mystery thriller #1) - Soma County (New Age Noir mystery thriller #3) - Specimen and Other Stories (short fiction) Non-fiction available at online retailers: - The Draconic Bowl (western astrology reference) - Kala Sarpa (Vedic astrology reference) - Mutual Reception (western astrology reference) - Parivartana Yoga (Vedic astrology reference) - Stellar Astrology Vol.1 (essays in Vedic astrology) - Stellar Astrology Vol.2 (essays in Vedic astrology) Education: - BA, English Lit - BSc, Math & Physics - Diploma, British Faculty of Astrological Studies - Diploma, American College of Vedic Astrology