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Wet Work

Wet Work

by Donald J. Bingle

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Dick Thornby is not Hollywood's idea of a spy.

He's not a supercool guy in a tuxedo or a crazed loner who does nothing but kill and drive fast. He's just a regular guy with some skills for a job that needs doing. He also has a wife, a teenaged kid, a mortgage, and all the mundane problems associated with life. His friends from the New Jersey subdivision where he lives all think he is a wastewater treatment consultant. But instead of dealing with the dirty job of processing sewage in third world countries, he is really on missions, some mundane and dirty, others of vital importance and even dirtier.

In Net Impact, the first Dick Thornby Thriller, Dick teamed up with a computer geek to take on a maze of conflict involving Hong Kong arms dealers, cyber-criminals, Chinese government goons, and even militant Maoris, leading to a final confrontation that incorporates real-world conspiracy theories and cutting-edge technology. In the end, Dick could save his partner, save his marriage, save his son, or save the world, but he couldn't do it all.

In Wet Work, the next stand-alone adventure in the series, Dick takes personal revenge on the criminal behind both his son's injuries and the continued disintegration of his marriage, then is teamed with Acacia ("Ace") Zyreb, a young, female agent from the East European office of the Subsidiary, to deal with the mystery behind coordinated hacking of the braking systems of several car models.

Doing his best to maintain his vows to his wife, Dick struggles to deal with the inexperience and provocative attitude of Ace on her first non-European mission. Their somewhat combative investigation takes a left turn by uncovering a much more sinister threat to the world and to Dick's family. He's willing to risk his job, his partner, and his life to eliminate the threat, but the clock is ticking.

Says author and award-winning editor John Helfers about Wet Work: "Dick Thornby would be the first person to tell you he's no James Bond. And that's a relief, because he's something even better in the world of slick, breathless thrillers with superhuman protagonists--Dick is a real person. Whether he's bending the rules of the super-secret spy agency in an effort to hold his rocky marriage together or breaking in an assistant who's just as acerbic and to the point as he is ... Dick is a fully-realized, living, breathing person with hopes, dreams, and fears, all of which he juggles while trying to save millions of lives. Don Bingle's written a taut, gripping spy thriller, and with Agent Thornby at the center of it, you're in for a wild ride."

Flash Drive, the third Dick Thornby Thriller, is now available.

From the author of the original Dick Thornby Thriller, Net Impact, plus other fine thrillers, including Forced Conversion, GREENSWORD, and Frame Shop.

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Product Details

BN ID: 2940159029973
Publisher: 54-40 Orphyte Inc
Publication date: 06/11/2018
Series: A Dick Thornby Thriller , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 434,386
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Donald J. Bingle is the author of seven books (Forced Conversion, GREENSWORD, Frame Shop, The Love-Haight Case Files, Net Impact, Wet Work, and Flash Drive) and more than sixty shorter stories in the science fiction, fantasy, horror, thriller, steampunk, mystery, romance, and comedy genres, including many tales in DAW anthologies and sanctioned stories in the Dragonlance, Transformer, and BattleTech universes. He is also an editor and ghostwriter. He is a full member of the International Thriller Writers, Horror Writers Association, International Association of Media Tie-In Writers, GenCon Writers Symposium, and Origins Game Fair Library.

Don was the world's top-ranked player of classic role-playing games (like Advanced Dungeons & Dragons) for fifteen years, playing more than 600 different characters in more than 450 (sometimes multi-round) tournaments (winning more than half the tournaments he has ever played) and has written gaming tournaments, adventures, or source material for TSR, West End, and other game companies in the Forgotten Realms, Paranoia, Chill, and Timemaster game worlds, among others.

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