When a high-society call girl is murdered in her Georgetown home, investigators find two cameras hidden in the walls of her bedroom. One has its memory erased, presumably by the murderer. The second is connected to the Internet through an encrypted connection…and no-one knows who’s on the other end.Published: January 10th, 2016When a high-society call girl is murdered in her Georgetown home, investigators find two cameras hidden in the walls of her bedroom. One has its memory erased, presumably by the murderer. The second is connected to the Internet through an encrypted connection…and no-one knows who’s on the other end.Special Agent Allison McNeil is asked by beleaguered FBI Director Clarence Mason to run an off-the-record investigation of the murder. The most direct path to apprehending the killer is to find the videos, but with rumors that the victim’s client list may have included Mason’s political enemies, Allison worries about the director’s motives.
As she starts her investigation, she quickly discovers that she’s not the only one pursuing the videos. In fact, the most aggressive person racing against her might be the murderer himself."A thriller with a sweet-as-pie ending!This story was nothing like I expected it to be at all. It was so much more. There was a great plot. Fantastic and well thought out characters, playing out these scenes of murder and intrigue. Hair-raising moments, that took twists and turns." - Goodreads, Freda Labianca"I loved the way the story is built. It creates a high intensity of engagement and you start feeling things happening around you. You become part of the story as if witnessing every sequence. That is the beauty of Gunhus’ writing. " - Goodreads, Jaideep Khanduja
EXCERPTMarshall “Libby” Ashworth had not been nervous for a meeting in years. Although just turned fifty, he had seen too damn much to bother with nerves. Heads of state, U.S. presidents, celebrities, all had been part of his everyday routine for the last two decades and the novelty had long worn off. Just like anyone else, famous people used the john, got stupid when they drank too much, smelled bad when they sweat and were generally more flawed than John Q Public could ever guess.As a staffer, he’d watched George W. Bush waddle through security briefings asking questions that proved one child had been left behind and he was sitting in the White House. Libby Ashworth was there when that sycophant Clinton said goodnight to the donors who’d ponied up the cash to spend the night in the Lincoln bedroom. He’d cried as the first African-American President was sworn in, only to see him fumble through a presidency high on promise and miserably low on results. And it wasn’t just the executive branch. He’d seen Senate leaders hold up funding for needy families for no other reason than because a bill’s author had bad-talked someone during a poker game. And he’d seen Supreme Court Justices so drunk they couldn’t walk straight, talking trash about the sacred court on which they sat.He’d seen enough of Washington to know better than to hold the people who worked there in enough regard to ever be nervous to meet them.Except the meeting today was different.This meeting had him very nervous.And that scared him.
About the author:
Jeff Gunhus is the author of thriller and horror novels for adults and the middle grade/YA series, The Templar Chronicles. The first book, Jack Templar Monster Hunter, was written in an effort to get his reluctant reader eleven-year old son excited about reading. It worked and a new series was born. His books for adults have reached the Top 100 on Amazon and have been Foreword Reviews Book of the Year Finalists.After his experience with his son, he is passionate about helping parents reach young reluctant readers and is active in child literacy issues. As a father of five, he leads an active lifestyle in Maryland with his wife Nicole by trying to constantly keep up with their kids. In rare moments of quiet, he can be found in the back of the City Dock Cafe in Annapolis working on his next novel.