Harry Starke by Blair Howard *Review and Giveaway
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by Blair Howard
It’s midnight on a cold and snowy night in January when a beautiful young girl, Tabitha Willard, throws herself off the Walnut Street Bridge. Harry Starke happens to be there. Wrong time, wrong place? Maybe. Although he tries, he is unable to stop her. Thus begins a series of events and an investigation that involves a local United States congressman, a senior lady senator from Boston, a local crime boss, several very nasty individuals, sex, extortion, high finance, and three murders. Harry has to work his way through a web of deceit and corruption until finally…. Well, as always, there’s a twist in the tale, several in fact.
Harry Starke is a big fish in a small pond. He’s a tough individual with a past and a conscience. He has friends in high places. He’s single, successful, wealthy, a womanizer, well educated, and he will hurt you if he needs to. This book is the first in the series of Harry Starke novels.
“You’re about as transparent as that window, Benny. Maybe more so. It’s filthy. Now tell me the truth.”
“Screw you, Starke. I don’t have tell you nothin’. Get the hell out of my office, and stay outa the bar too.”
I sat there for a moment, contemplating his fat face, then I nodded and rose to my feet, but I didn’t leave. I walked around the desk, reached inside my jacket and pulled out the MP9, and sat down on the desk facing him.
“Whoa.” He leaned away from me, his eyes wide, his hands in front of him, fingers spread.
“Now then, Benny. There are two ways we can do this; either way you’ll tell me what I want to know. So, what do you think? Painful or not?”
“Harry, I swear I don’t know those two guys. I barely even noticed ’em.”
I nodded, and then tapped him gently on the bridge of his nose with the barrel of the nine.”
“Ow, ow, ow.” he yelled. “That hurt, you son of a bitch.”
“I asked you, Benny… painful or not? You chose painful.” I tapped him again.
“Oh ow. Goddam it, Harry. Quit it. You’ll bust my nose.”
“Yup, it’s quite likely I will. You ready to talk?”
“I told ya, I don’t know who they are.”
Smack! This time I laid the flat side of the gun hard against his ear.
“Uch, uch, uch, uch, uch,” Hah, the man was actually crying, sobbing as he rubbed his ear. The bridge of his nose was already turning black.
I grabbed his right hand and slammed it down on the desktop, fingers spread.
“Benny, you want to talk to me, before I start on your fingers?”
“Okay, okay.” He nodded enthusiastically.
“They… they… work… for the Packman.”
“The Packman? You mean Lester Tree, Shady?”
You were at the wrong place at the wrong time. How many times have you heard that? Well, our troublemaker detective indeed was at what, from the perspective of many, would seem a wrong place and time. Nevertheless, it was probably the only way all this web of corruption, deceit, and murder that he stumble upon would have been known. He witnessed the suicide of Tabitha Willard. The woman threw herself off the Walnut Street Bridge after watching Mr. Starke. Her face looked so terrified when she looked his way, but it was the first time he had seen her. How come she was scared of him?
Witnessing a suicide would mark any person and Mr. Starke is no different. The image of the woman falling to her death would forever be burned into his mind. Unlike many others that would search for bury themselves in depression, our determined detective starts searching for answers. He never expected what he found, though. The woman was just one out of four deaths in a crime so deep that it tangles itself with politics, financial fraud, corruption and, many more dirty little secrets that many powerful figures would stop at nothing from hiding from the public eye.
I have to admit I loved our detective’s attitude. I couldn’t help myself but love his honesty and laugh at the way he saw things and handle them. There is some sort of fearlessness that comes with the ex-cop/detective territory. I was kind of expecting him to have it. Nevertheless, I have to admit that man rocks it in a very unique way. The way he made his theories based on things that, to the unobservant, might have been unimportant details is quite impressive. Must confess that I got so into the story that I was starting to make my own theories about the culprit’s identity. In fact, I was shouting at the poor detective who should he interrogate.
The plot was nothing near boring. As soon as I thought I got everything figured out, the author introduced a twist that made me doubt all the theories about the murder, the culprit and motive that I had barely made. There were so many important political figures tangled in this web that I started doubting everybody, even the poor senator Linda and the victim herself.
I truly recommend this novel to any mystery novel lovers. I can assure it lacked nothing: comedy, mystery, ashes from a romance that wasn’t meant to be, dirty laundry of politicians, IT geeks playing for the wrong teams, high class hookers, and so much more.
Reviewer for Paranormal Romance and Authors That Rock
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Blair Howard was born and raised in England. He writes sweeping historical epics, and is the author of four historical novels, with a fifth due to be released at the end of July this year: be on the lookout for Three Days in Hell: a Novel of the American Civil War. His current novels are: Chickamauga: a Novel of the American Civil War; The Mule Soldiers: a Novel of the American Civil War; The Chase: a Novel of the American Civil War: and Comanche: a Novel of the Old West. His new book, Harry Starke, mystery novel will be available on September 4, 2015 All of Blair’s books are available on Amazon as eBooks or Paperbacks.
Blair is also a travel writer and professional photographer specializing in golf travel, vacation travel, and golf course photography. His travels take him throughout the United States, Europe and the Caribbean playing golf, writing about his experiences, and photographing the golf courses he visits. You can follow him on About.com here: http://abt.cm/1zoDpei.
Blair is the author of more than 40 books and more than 4,500 magazine, newspaper, and web articles. His work has appeared in many national and international publications, including Delta’s Sky Magazine, PHOTOgraphic magazine, The Mail on Sunday, The Walking Magazine, Petersen’s Hunting Magazine, The Boston Herald, The Detroit Free-Press, The Anchorage Times and many more.
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