Gripping Crime Thriller
‘Deadly Defiance’ solves the unfinished business of the first international thriller, ‘Fair Ways and Foul Plays.’ Do you crave fast-paced crime, mystery and suspense? This second novel keeps you spellbound from one conflict to the next.
Tensions are rising near the ancient Potawatomi burial mounds on the shore of Lake Maxinkuckee in northern Indiana. The Indian tribe’s ancestors remain in the area and testimony from one of them has sent a Neo-Nazi to prison for murder. Cronies of this hate group now seek revenge.
The lake is also the vacation home of Jack McCabe. After the brutal annihilation of the maniacal terrorist leader of the New Global Order, Jack becomes the unexpected heir to a pharmaceutical company and its highly coveted drug. He is soon threatened with the loss of its formula to a rogue competitor. This blackmail scheme leads Interpol on a search for the criminal along the French Riviera.
The New Global Order has been nearly decimated, but three members are still at large. Interpol is intent on completing its mission and sends battle-tested teams to hunt down an illegal arms dealer near Budapest, a heroin trafficker in Naples, and a renowned jewel thief from Amsterdam.
Targeted Age Group:: 16+
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
After living in Rome, Italy, for a year and traveling extensively, I yearned to create novels that took place in many wonderful European locations. One of my favorite experiences growing up was the time I spent at our family's lake house cottage in northern Indiana. It was exciting to develop a murder mystery that transitioned from the lake to international locales to hunt down the criminals.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
Some of the main characters are patterned after my own experiences and people I have known. Others are based on those who I may have run across in movies, literature, and other lifetime occurrences. If interested, readers can try to solve my 'name game' challenge. Many of the characters' names can be turned into other words by using their nicknames or initial letters. For example, the greenskeepers' name is Lonnie Moore. What would his name be? Lawn Mower, of course.
It was a warm, sunny day and the zoo had attracted its usual crowd of people eager for a visit. Arriving at the meeting location early, Poole sat on the edge of a fountain located on the street in front of the zoo. Shortly after 3:00 Bin Hai appeared next to her and announced himself. “You have money, I have ricin,” he muttered.
Poole stood up and asked how he was delivering the toxin. Bin Hai said it was sealed securely in a small vial inside a second container.
“Let me see it first, then I’ll give you the cash,” Poole stated.
Bin Hai reached into a pocket of his dress coat and briefly exposed the container. At that point Poole pulled out her Interpol badge and told him he was being arrested for selling an illegal substance. Bin Hai grabbed the container from his coat and tossed it in the air. He started running.
The container momentarily floated, reached its arc, and started falling to the ground. Poole had her eye on it. Reacting quickly, she leapt toward the object in a horizontal position with her arm stretched out. She landed hard on the concrete walkway, grabbing the poison just before it hit the ground.
Officer De Klerk had requested support from the toxicology unit. Two men were on the scene in hazmat suits and rushed over. One of them took the container from Poole and placed it in a secure bag. They announced their plan to analyze the material in their van and confirm their findings in a report.
At the sight of Bin Hai taking flight, Kaide stormed after him. Two young Chinese men who were there for Bin Hai’s protection intercepted Kaide. The undercover police were farther away. They started pursuing the fleeing Bin Hai who had entered the zoo.
Kaide fought off the first attacker by grabbing his leg and flipping him over. The second man pulled a knife and swung it aggressively at Kaide, slicing his arm. Kaide was stunned for a second but continued to fight back. He punched the man in the throat, shocking him. In an instant Kaide reached out and twisted the man’s hand, forcing him to drop the knife. Just then the police who started chasing Bin Hai, stopped to arrest the two attackers.
Immediately ripping part of his shirt, Kaide wrapped his injured arm and ran after Bin Hai. He caught a glimpse of him and began to close the distance. Bin Hai hurried past the exotic bird exhibit and bolted by the monkey cages. Sounds of squeals, hoots, and barks echoed through the zoo. Suddenly, Bin Hai grabbed a small pistol from his belt and fired back at Kaide who dove behind a stone guardrail fence. Pulling his own weapon, Kaide was ready to return fire, but Bin Hai stayed low, out of view.
With the sound of gunfire, more animals and people screamed and howled, shrinking away from the threat. Bin Hai jumped up to run. Kaide tried to get off a shot, but it wasn’t safe with all the people and animals nearby. He chased after him but ducked down as Bin Hai fired his pistol again. Kaide landed next to a rock garden. He put his weapon back in his belt and picked up two baseball-sized stones. Bin Hai appeared to be out of ammunition. Kaide darted after him. He had him in sight, reared back and threw the first stone. It propelled through the air. STRIKE! It blasted the fleeing pharmaceutical maven in the back of the head, causing him to tumble to the ground. As he tried to get up and run, Kaide fired the second stone. It buried in Bin Hai’s temple. Down he went, hitting the cobblestone path hard, sliding forward. He was out.
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