"...intriguing...suspenseful...very exciting...kept me on the edge of the seat..."-Valory Elliot, author of An Act of Honor and soon to be published An Act of Revenge.
"...compelling...great characterization...The very first sentence will capture the reader..."-Colonel Tom C. McKenney, USMC (Ret), award-winning author of "Jack Hinson's One-Man War"
FULFILLING HIS BEST FRIEND'S DYING REQUEST TURNS MIKE KIDD'S PLEASANT LIFE INTO A NIGHTMARE.
Mike Kidd is not a detective; in fact, he has no vocation. He takes a job from time to time to augment the modest but steady income the single oil well on his inherited farm provides, but has no career. He was just as unfocused in college, taking classes that intrigued him so that he is well educated but has no degree.
His pleasant but unaspiring life is upset when his best friend dies and bequeaths a going business to him. Along with the business, he inherits unexpected danger and a mystery concerning just what the business produces. His friend also left him a briefcase with instructions to burn it without opening it. Mike soon finds himself in danger because a shadowy group is convinced Mike knows the briefcase's secret and is willing to kill to get it. Enlisting a most unlikely group of allies, Mike must piece together clues in order to reconstruct the information the briefcase held. The more they learn, the greater the threat becomes.
"I loved this story because of the characters, the plot, and the setting."-Mark Vogl, author of Southern Fried Ramblings with Grits and All the Fixins, and his column "America Today" at Nolan Chart in Washington, D.C.
"...character-rich, strong Texas flavor...I simply didn't want to [put it down]."-Tom King, author of Going for the Green.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
There is a saying that your truest, best friend is not the person that comes and bails you out of jail, but is sitting right beside you behind bars exclaiming, "Man, we really messed up, huh?" This is how I envisioned the characters of Mike Kidd and Vince Talbot in Charles Hayes's book, The Briefcase. While the story begins after Talbot's death, there's just enough about him in the story that made me want to read more about this extraordinarily brilliant character with the love for puzzles, games, and goodhearted 'dirty tricks' on his friends, family, and co-workers. Mike's memory and descriptions of his dead friend really make the reader believe that Talbot is not dead, that even after he's gone, his influence is still felt. The Briefcase was a very enjoyable read: mixed with mystery, intrigue, and a touch of romance, this story drew me in and allowed me to escape reality for a few hours - something that I always look for in a book.
I loved this book!!! Every time I finished a chapter, I wanted to just quickly read the next one. I hope the author writes more books with these characters. A great beach book!!!