Sunday, February 6, 2011

Silent Killer, A Robert Sable Mystery October 2011

Silent Killer is another fast paced and exiting Robert Sable Mystery to be out in October 2011.  Here is a quick overview:
           While on a fishing trip to Whittier, Alaska, Alaska State Trooper Aaron McCabe tricks his Tlingit partner, Sergeant Robert Sable, into viewing boats for sale.  All the owners and their families had died by carbon monoxide poisoning, the silent killer, either at home or on their boats.   By accident, Sable discovers markings, a smiley face and the number 2000, on a boat’s generator exhaust stack.  Though pitted by holes and rust, Sable can tell the pipes have been sabotaged.  Holes drilled into the sleeping quarters allowed the poisonous gas to flow freely throughout the boat.   
          As Sable digs into the meaning behind the symbols, he finds the adult male victims were all bullies from Chugach High School’s graduating class of 2000.  It appears the killer is exacting revenge for bullying and abuse endured in high school.  The killer has left bodies across Alaska, Washington and Idaho, leaving no forensic trace.  Worse yet, so far all the deaths have been ruled accidental and numerous suspects had been verbally and physically abused.  As the team interviews suspects and bullies, no one wants to help find the killer.  The abused feel the killer is a hero finally evening the score.  Meager clues lead Sable and McCabe from the streets to the offices of corporate CEOs.
          It’s a race against time when Sable realizes his wife, Sue, and Cindy McCabe are Chugach High graduates and at every turn, the killer remains elusive.

Lost Legion, A Robert Sable Mystery August 2011

        Lost Legion is NOW out from Whiskey Creek Press. Here is an overview:

        At the Governor of Alaska’s bequest, State Trooper Captain Carl Owen pulls Tlingit Sergeant Trooper Robert Sable from his honeymoon to investigate the murders of the governor’s brother, William Landen and the brother’s friends--a famous TV archeologist, Jonathan Flint, and an archeology professor, Phillip Reed, from the University of Alaska.  Fishermen found the bodies in the middle of the Alaskan bush in a riverboat just off the Porcupine River.  The men have been killed by arrows and bullets.  The arrows are not commercially made or belong to any native group or tribe.   At the scene, Sable and his partner, Aaron McCabe, find clutched in the dead men’s hands are gold coins imprinted with the likeness of Augustus Caesar.  At first Sable believes the coins are counterfeit.   In one of the men’s hand is an ancient scroll written Latin.  None of the clues make any sense. 
        As the partners investigate the murders, they investigate several possibilities from revenge to salting archeological sites.   While visiting the deadmen’s houses, Sable and McCabe find a book on the mythology of Romans in Alaska.  Before they can interrogate one of the victim’s wives, Catherine Flint, she makes a run for it.  When she’s brought in, she reveals their husbands were looking for Roman treasure.   As proof, she shows them a gold crown embedded with rubies, emeralds, and diamonds.  In the centered of the crown was a double headed cobra symbol of Cleopatra VII Philopator.  Still, Sable can’t quite believe it Romans had visited or settled in Alaska though he knew legions made it to India and China.Sable and McCabe investigate threats against the governor, Landen’s competitors to his engineering firm and emerging Italian influence in the case. 
       The case takes them from the universities deep into the Alaska wilderness in search of the killers and gold.