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The Devils of China Lake

Cate, Clifford C.

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ISBN 10: 1449009220 / ISBN 13: 9781449009229
Published by AuthorHouse, Bloomington, Indiana, 2010
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Mystery and intrigue in the California desert. Inscribed by author on the front free end paper. Jacket is BroDart protected. Ships in bubble wrap in box. Bookseller Inventory # PC 58-6

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Title: The Devils of China Lake

Publisher: AuthorHouse, Bloomington, Indiana

Publication Date: 2010

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Inscribed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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The Devils of China Lake is a captivating narrative of the search for Kenneth Thomas (missing fourteen years) by lawyer Jack Matthews and his companion, Emily Holly. Their search commences when Jack agrees to look into the matter on behalf of Kenneth's wife (who might now be Kenneth's widow). Seemingly it was a simple, low risk assignment. Jack questions that conclusion upon learning that Ken's facial features are almost too similar to his own-especially when he discovers that Kenneth had been secretly involved in obscure, high risk projects for the FBI and that the repercussions are being passed on to Jack. Matthew's quest leads to a strange cavern search on a naval weapons test range, the interrogation of a paranoid and angry book vendor, the murder of one of Jack's associates and the apparent kidnapping of another, deadly altercations with MS 13 gang members followed by an episode in a Navy chopper in actual combat, and a treacherous meeting with the gang's revenging kingpin.. Although a man of ordinary capabilities, Matthews rises to extraordinary challenges. He's an amiable, down-to-earth lawyer who somehow has a knack for slipping in and out of the most severe difficulties. The novel's good characters are people you'd like to know. Cate's style provides an easy, intriguing read for his readers. The story's ending and its epilogue leave readers more than satisfied and eagerly awaiting Cate's next novel.

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Retirement after many productive years as a practicing lawyer gave Clifford C. Cate the time to pursue his love of writing. A graduate of Pomona College and USC School of Law, he is a native Southern Californian. The Deadly Run was his first adventure-thriller, self-published by Authorhouse in 2005. The fictional lawyer, Jack Matthews, and his lady companion, Emily Holly, are again his lead characters in The Devils of China Lake. In constructing novels, Cate's imagination produces gripping anxieties that ultimately lead to satisfying resolutions. His adventure-thriller plots follow logical progressions through exciting events that do not strain credibility. His style continuously tweaks reader interest. Cate even admits to interjecting his alter-ego into the lead character, sometimes entertaining a certain envy of the protagonist. The author also savors dabbling with paints as an illustrator and portrait painter. His real life lady, Joanne, enthusiastically supports his creativity. The Cates currently reside in Pasadena, California.

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