They Tell Me You Are Crooked

They Tell Me You Are Crooked

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Overview

Two years after the murder of his daughter, Governor Duncan Cochrane must hunt down a sniper and a blackmailer.


[Crime Thriller, Political Thriller, Murder Mystery]


Two years have passed since the murder of Duncan Cochrane’s daughter. As governor, he now holds the power to punish all criminals, yet he cannot prosecute her killer without destroying his political career.


Then two new threats emerge: a sniper begins targeting people in Chicago’s most notorious housing project, Cabrini Green; and a blackmailer plans to reveal his ruinous family secret.


To protect his own family and those he governs, he moves into the tenements and begins parallel manhunts for both enemies. Along the way, he faces menacing gangs, a mysterious layman, indifferent police, and self-serving politicians, all of whom impede his investigations.


"They Tell Me You Are Crooked" is the second in a trio of novels detailing Duncan’s rise to prominence and the personal cost of his public ambitions.


"THEY TELL ME YOU ARE CROOKED" by David Hagerty


Evolved Publishing presents the first book in the Duncan Cochrane series of crime mysteries detailing Duncan’s rise to prominence and the personal cost of his public ambitions.


PRAISE FOR BOOK 1 -- "THEY TELL ME YOU ARE WICKED":


"It works as a whodunit, but it’s Cochrane’s story and political life that’ll provide the fuel for this series." ~ Crime Thriller Hound


"...a compelling picture of the Windy City when it was still in thrall to the mob and its own unique political machine." ~ Shots Magazine


"...outstanding and it is so well-written and well-plotted that it is hard to believe it is a debut novel." ~ Theresa O'Loughlin


"This is one of those surprise-ending novels that are so tightly constructed that it’s hard to write synopsis without giving away an important detail. Hagerty makes a contemporary political point, but gently enough that you can just enjoy the story if you are not interested in the politics. If you are interested in modern American politics, he may help you understand how people come to take sides on a current issue." ~ Scott D. Saifer


More Great Mysteries & Crime Thrillers from Evolved Publishing: "Hot Sinatra" by Axel Howerton ; "Red on the Run" by K.M. Hodge ; "Shatter Point" by Jeff Altabef ; "Forgive Me, Alex" by Lane Diamond

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781622536191
Publisher: Evolved Publishing
Publication date: 08/15/2016
Series: Duncan Cochrane , #2
Edition description: First Softcover ed.
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 700,882
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.51(d)

About the Author

AUTHOR: Stories about crimes have always resonated with me, whether it was "Crime and Punishment" or "The Quiet American." Maybe it's because I started my career as a police reporter, or because I worked for a time as a teacher in the county jail. More than a decade ago, when I decided to finally get serious about writing, I started with short stories based on real misdeeds I'd witnessed. I wrote one about my next door neighbor, who'd been murdered by a friend, another about an ambitious bike racer who decides to take out the competition, and a bunch of others based on characters I met in jail. Over time these got picked up by various magazines online and in print. More than a dozen now exist, with most of the latest in Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine and Big Pulp. For my debut novel, "They Tell Me You Are Wicked," I drew inspiration from the most infamous event in the history of my hometown: the real life killing of a political candidate's daughter (though I made up all the details). Now I am at work on a second volume in the series, set two years later, after my hero, Duncan Cochrane, has become governor. He's haunted by the family secret that got him elected, and fighting a sniper who's targeting children in Chicago.

EDITOR: We never read enough books in school, so I would remove the dust jacket from my mom's books and steal minutes during class to read. It always felt like I was getting away with something, or discovering a world few of my peers knew existed. I've been writing since middle school, doing it reasonably well for the last decade. While getting my masters in English from Arizona State, I worked at a daily newspaper as columnist and then opinion editor, and also as editor of the Phoenix Air Guard newspaper. Since living in Roanoke, Virginia, I've formed a weekly writers group and become active in the online peer review community. I published a non-fiction book on digital piracy in 2011, and have several short stories in print. I dabble in horror and YA, but feel at home in literary fiction. Some of my favorites include Neil Gaiman, Cormac McCarthy, Kurt Vonnegut, and Stephen King, but I'm not a hard sell: I'll read anything. If I'm not reading, I'm listening. Audiobooks comprise at least half of what I consume, and offer a great excuse to go on long walks. I have narrated four commercially available titles and produced a dozen more. For me, editing is taking something I already love and helping it grow. I appreciate thick skin and an open mind. In writing, often both are necessary for success. After all, writing is rewriting.

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They Tell Me You Are Crooked 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
notclary More than 1 year ago
I loved the first book in the series and couldn't wait for the second one. It is every bit as good as the first--a gripping tale that grabs and doesn't let go. Now I can't wait for the third book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A thoroughly enjoyable and well written mystery. I look forward to his next installment!