by Robert P. French

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What do you do when a run-of-the-mill missing person case explodes into a crime more gruesome than you've ever seen?

Cal and his partner Nick are taxed to the full when a missing person case leads them to discover a horrific murder. As they investigate they find no shortage of suspects; any one or more of them could be the killer. They are at a loss until they discover one important secret the victim has tried desperately to hide. A secret that propels them into directions they could never have imagined and brings Nick face-to-face with a secret of his own.

Follow Cal as he tries to hunt down the killer while fighting to keep himself out of jail and forcing him to make two impossible decisions about his own life.

Three will get you guessing from the first page to the stunning conclusion.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940161322321
Publisher: Robert P. French
Publication date: 04/11/2019
Series: Cal Rogan Mysteries , #4
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 926,418
File size: 416 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 the Surrey International Writers' Conference. One of the sessions was given by 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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