Former cop Frankie O’Neil’s best friend has just taken a high dive out of a plane–without a chute. He’d been working with a couple of cops, Hill and Fetterman, to figure out a complicated scheme involving a shady business at a financial services company. Using a computer system to hide what’s been going on, the police needed help to figure out their scheme. With O’Neil’s friend gone, they turn to him as a replacement. The trouble is, O’Neil doesn’t trust anybody except his young protégé, and together they set out to find out who was really responsible for what happened to Tim Clayton. There’s money involved, and lots of it. When O’Neil’s wife is suddenly taken, he has no choice but to unravel the tangled skein of corruption and missing money made possible by a mix of old-fashioned corruption and a new breed of high-tech criminal.
A captured killer implicates an impossible suspect. A cop’s career is ruined. When James Robinson abruptly leaves the force, he walks away from law enforcement forever, disgraced publicly and privately, his life in complete shambles. Or so he thinks. Years later, another killer is caught, and when lovely reporter Sabrina Wells seeks his help, Robinson won’t even listen. Until she shows him a note in his own handwriting, tying him to a victim he’d long since thought put to rest. Haunted by a promise from his past, Robinson and Sabrina travel north to Baker County, Florida, where they uncover a nest of seemingly unconnected murders. Or are they? Past and present come together in a sweltering mix of passion and murder. Can Robinson escape the sins of his past and catch a killer, or killers, in the process? Or will he himself fall victim to a stalker who knows more about him than he ever dreamed?
|Publisher:||Stark House Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.81(d)|
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Rick Ollerman in his new book, “Turnabout / Shallow Secrets” published by Stark House Press gives us two different back-to-back adventures. From the back cover: Remember those old Ace paperbacks, with two actioners in one volume? Stark House is reviving them, with the current offering holding all the slam-bang anyone might want. In Turnabout, ex-cop Frankie O’Neil is skeptical when a friend’s death is ruled a suicide. He uncovers a crime unknown to the Ace masters: computer theft. These crooks have friends with guns, and halfway along the novel becomes a series of cliffhangers that hit another memory: movie serials. Will Frankie escape in time? Find out in the next chapter. You won’t stop until you know. Shallow Secrets moves slower, with a subtext: the power of chance to provoke horrors, then avenge them. Cop James Robinson doesn’t just know the accused killer. They’re roommates. The coincidence ruins his career. Then there are fresh killings, and Robinson is “a person of interest.” Near the end, Robinson almost tells a woman that “there wasn’t anything they could do to make the world safe” from murders. But coincidence can bring them down, as when someone sees something he’s not supposed to. Yes, it is true. There is not one but two action adrenaline laced adventures bound between the pages of this book. Once you finish the first book I recommend that you take a serious break, perhaps go for a long walk with the dog. This way you get some exercise and some air and can calm your nerves after “Turnabout”. Then, once you are refreshed, you can start on “Shallow Secret’s”. Both of them read like the old pulp stories. There is plenty of action, plenty of mystery and suspense and enough twists and turns to keep you guessing as to what is going on. What a cast of characters and all of them are interesting. Mr. Ollerman did a good job and I look forward to more from this talented author. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Partners In Crime. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
This twofer will keep your attention from beginning to end. I love the simple cover, the colors and palm trees spoke to me. Murder and crime are my game, so I was excited to read this twofer. I thought it was two separate mysteries, but it is really one long book. I am going to review it that way. This noir detective story started out with a splat. Rick’s description of what it’s like to fall (or to be pushed) out of an airplane, with no parachute, counting down the seconds until you hit, knowing you are going to die, had me white knuckled as I read. With a start like that, I am eager to read on. So I did. Frankie O’Neil sets out to determine what really happened to his best friend. He never believed he committed suicide and he would not let the deed go unpunished. If something happened to me, I would love to have a friend like him. O’Neil had retired from the police force because it was so hard on his wife. He loved her and did not want to lose her. He knew getting involved in this investigation would take its toll on their marriage, but it was something he had to do. He has a plan, but there are two police officers who are determined to be kept in the loop, dogging him at every turn. This is in the early days of computers and his friend, Tim Clayton had a consulting business. He had taught O’Neil the ropes and he had started his own consulting business. Reed is a naive and innocent kid he recruits to help him with the investigation. I love the kid. Poor Katy is caught in the middle. Five years later, B J Donnelly is busted with a thirteen year old girl in his trunk and he drops O’Neil’s name. They try to keep O’Neil out of the investigation. He had been running the Sun Coast Murders Task Force, but Detective Sergeant James Robinson will be running it now and every time O’Neil turns around, James is there. O’Neil has become a suspect and once accused, it doesn’t matter much if you are guilty or not. The stigma will follow you everywhere you go. Your life will be ruined. Now it’s eight years later and there is another body. How could that be if Donnelly was the guilty party? Guess there is only one thing for him to do, and that’s to solve it himself. I knew that, but I am happy to ride along with him as we dodge the dirt and corruption. When you don’t know who to trust, trust no one. There is more going on than meets the eye. I had my suspicions. I am so glad I did not quit reading after finishing Turnabout and went right on to read Shallow Secrets. Yes, there are secrets. Suspense, oh yeah. Fear, oh yeah. Twists and turns that kept letting me relax for a moment, thinking the story is over, then knocking me for a loop, again and again. I would highly recommend the debut twofer, Turnabout and Shallow Secrets, by Rick Ollerman. I received a signed first edition paperback in return for an honest review.