Blake Herro is a cop in the Cleveland Police Force. Ever since he was a child he wanted to do right by the city he loved by cleaning up the streets and protecting its citizens. Red, a notorious mobster, has other plans.
On a bitter December night, ten police officers are drawn into a trap and killed by Red’s followers. Blake wants to bring down the Mob to avenge his fallen brothers and to prevent other cops from being murdered. Except the only way he can do that is by infiltrating the Mob.
Every minute he’s with these mobsters he’s in danger. Around every corner lies the threat of coming face to face with a gun. Will he make it out of the Mob alive or will he be their next victim?
Targeted Age Group:: 18+
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
After I published 30 Seconds, readers wanted to know what Blake went through while undercover in the Mob. I couldn't ignore their curiosity, as it piqued my own curiosity, so I decided to write the events that lead right into the opening scene of 30 Seconds.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
Blake Herro already existed in 30 Seconds. He came to me in a dream, and I simply could not ignore the cop in full uniform. It was a lot of fun digging deeper into his character in 30 Seconds Before, though. I got to explore his background and past, and learned things about him that I hadn't known before.
Blake’s gaze continued to scan the area. Too many officers needed help. Blake strained his eyes to see if the nearest officer was still breathing, but the darkness and flashing lights obscured his vision.
Dread was ripe in his veins, twining his intestines into knots. The assailants who attacked the officers could be lurking nearby, watching and putting him in their sights. Being out in the open with nothing but his Kevlar vest as protection was not where he wanted to be, but the officer he was helping would bleed out if he moved.
Blake studied the officer. His lips were an unnatural shade of blue. He was shivering from the frigid December night as well as blood loss.
“Did you see them?” Blake asked. “Do you know who did this?”
The officer’s lips moved.
Blake leaned forward, bringing his ear to the officer’s mouth. “What was that?”
The officer took a shuddering breath. “Red.”
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