Today it is my absolute pleasure to bring you an extract from Highest Lives, the latest instalment in the Craig McIntyre series by Gordon Brown. Thanks to Anne Cater of Random Things Tours for inviting me to join the tour. The last book left Craig in one heck of a messy situtation and I’m really looking forward to tucking into this just as soon as NaNo is over. In the meantime here’s a snippet to tempt you all.
About the Book
In cities across North America people are dying in seemingly impossible ways. Is history’s most outrageous serial killer on the loose? When LAPD Detective Sarah Tracy is secretly instructed to recruit Craig McIntyre to help her investigate the deaths, she is unaware that his mere presence can transform people’s darkest thoughts into action.Available from: Amazon | Waterstones
As Sarah and Craig hunt the murky underbelly of LA for the malevolent figure responsible for the bizarre deaths, they stumble upon the most expensive narcotic ever to hit the streets – a substance that promises something so unbelievable that users are willing to risk death to experience it. With government black ops agency head Senator Tampoline always lurking in the shadows, Craig is used to being hunted. Now he is the hunter. And thousands could die if he fails to track down the killer.
From the Book
Friday in Mulligan’s, will be flipped to a wake.
The Man With Dead Eyes aims his gun at a blue box lying next to the front door of a small shoe store that used to be called Taking A Step. Its name was changed to Kline’s, less than two days ago, with a store sign that the owner thought was twice the price it needed to be. There’s enough C4 inside the plastic box to lay waste to the store and more.
The Man With Dead Eyes knows that, under normal circumstances, firing a bullet into the C4 would have little effect. Today is different. The Man With Dead Eyes knows exactly where the bullet has to enter the box to trigger the explosive. The charge is shaped to ensure he survives – as long as he moves quickly.
It’s not an easy shot. He could do it all by remote, but everyone does that, and he is not everyone. The thrill of being right at the centre of the carnage, the sole survivor, is the money shot for him. He craves the rush and, with his talents in demand, can dictate not only his terms but the way he carries out any job.
The Man With Dead Eyes would smile at this but his lips cannot move anymore. Not since they were sliced from his face for refusing to give away the location of his brother to the West LA Crank Gang. The surgeons did their best to rectify the damage, but The Man With Dead Eyes was poor and the men who could have helped him were charging more per hour than his surgeon charged per day. As a result, he can eat, but kissing and blowing out birthday candles are a matter of history.
About the Author
Gordon Brown has seven crime and thriller books published to date, along with a number of short stories (including a story in an Anthony Winning anthology). His latest novel, Highest Lives, is the fourth in the Craig McIntyre series. He also helped found Bloody Scotland, Scotland’s International Crime Writing Festival (see www.bloodyscotland.com), is a DJ on local radio (www.pulseonair.co.uk) and runs a strategic planning consultancy. Gordon lives in Scotland and is married with two children. In a former life he delivered pizzas in Toronto, sold non-alcoholic beer in the Middle East, launched a creativity training business, floated a high-tech company on the London Stock Exchange, compered the main stage at a two-day music festival and was once booed by 49,000 people while on the pitch at a major football Cup Final.
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