Drawing from his extensive background in criminal justice, Bruce Hammack writes modern mysteries in yesterday’s style. When not writing, he enjoys reading a good whodunit mystery, watching film noir movies and travel. Having lived in eighteen cities around the world during his life, Bruce now lives in the Texas hill country with his wife of thirty-plus years.
The Long Fall
A Smiley and McBlythe Mystery NovellaPurchase
Working for the Russian mob never entered the minds of Steve Smiley and Heather McBlythe
It’s been a while since private investigators Smiley and McBlythe had a case to solve. When he was working as a Houston Homicide detective, before he lost his sight, Steve never had to worry about the next case. There was always one waiting.
Judson Witherspoon, a lawyer known to work for a Russian mob family, brings them an interesting proposition: prove his client, Rueben Moscovitch, did not commit The Ice House Murder. Steve has history with the wiley lawyer. He knows what he wants and he never lets truth stand in the way of getting it. Steve and Heather agree to accept the challenging case—and the ten day deadline. Witherspoon vows to find another suspect, guilty or not, if they don’t. Halfway to the deadline their unscrupulous client ups the ante when he kidnaps Heather’s beloved cat. All agreements are off. Smiley and McBlythe now have three days to solve the case if they want to see Max again.
With a list of suspects as long as the Houston ship channel, will Steve and Heather be able to prove Reuben’s innocence in three days? Will they discover the real killer? And most important to Heather, will she ever hold Max again?
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