While lounging with a bottle of Jack Daniels and his father's retired NYPD detective partner Rick Anthony, Mike Angel and Rick are shocked to see a bound woman dive head first out a second story window across the street, followed by a fireball. Who is she and who tried to fry her alive? Here is the steamiest of the Mike Angel Mystery series! Angel, a 32-year-old private eye in Chicago, follows clues about the woman and winds up infiltrating a white slaver and murder for profit ring that lures conventioneers with sex shows, then tortures and kills them, dumping victims into Lake Michigan. After his office love, Molly Bennett is abducted, Mike barely controls his rage and chases the redheaded prostitute leader to New Orleans, where he races the clock to find Molly before her memory is erased by drugs and she's led into a role as a queen prototype in the flesh markets. Rick works the case from Chicago while Mike and an old army buddy chase the bad guys. The ending twist reveals the mastermind behind the international crime ring. Set in Chicago and New Orleans in 1961, Dark Lake is the 2nd in the Mike Angel Series, each a stand-alone tale.
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The "Dark" series of 4 (to date) Mike Angel Mystery novels began with the stitching of several short stories into Dark Quarry, the first in the series. This is # 2 in the series.
When Amazon or Kindle Direct came along, I put all 4 novels up at the end of December, 2010. I also copied one of the reviews I'd rec'd from the Amazon Shorts program.
During the writing of these novels, the 3 main characters, Mike Angel (age 30), Molly Bennett (24), and Rick Anthony (60) have grown and come alive to me. I know what they might say and do in every situation. This affliction happens to writers. It is a plus, believe me. I have a 5th novel in the early planning stages. I incorporate a lot of historical fiction, using real names and events from the early 1960s. I also have seduction or erotic scenes in each novel--tastefully done I would hope. Beyond that, Mike either suffers from or is blessed by the "voice" of his late father coming at critical junctures of danger or resolution. So, this would be supernatural or paranormal elements, not usually found in detective novels. Recent input from Kindle boards led me to change & enlarge the cover fonts. Though some see the images as erotica, I see only what Mike sees--good looking females, mostly undraped. Seduction is his weakness, his trap, and also an underlying sub-plot in the last 3 novels, as he moves closer to a committment with Molly Bennett, his secretary & helpmate whom he met in the first novel. I appreciate any feedback on these books. They were very fun to write, and quite a change from the academic reference books on Mark Twain that I have (and am) publishing. Good reading!
Mike Angel (aka D'Angelo) tried the police force after a stint in the Army and some time in Korea, but went into private investigations after the slaying of his father, a retired NYPD detective, killed on his first case as a PI. Mike has a weakness for flashy women, and often times booze; he is probably too young (30-33) for a PI (most are much older), but his anger and guilt over his father's death have forced him to try to live up to his father's dream. Understandably, he is often conflicted about continuing as a PI.
A native of Jersey, Mike moved to Chicago during the first novel, partly to investigate a Russian mob with connections to the old Purple Gang of Detroit, and partly to follow Molly Bennett, who became his office whiz. Molly, 24, has all the elements that Mike needs in a woman, yet committment has yet to become a priority.
Rick Anthony, age 60, retired NYPD detective, worked with Mike's father on the force. He came to Chicago after his retirement and talked Mike into a partnership. Over-educated from all the classes he took at NYU, Rick is a logical and wise counterpart to Mike's brash headstrong approach. They make a great team, backed up by Molly in the office.
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Book Description CreateSpace, 2011. Paperback. Book Condition: Brand New. 266 pages. 7.81x5.06x0.60 inches. This item is printed on demand. Bookseller Inventory # zk1467983500