When psychiatrist Dr. Harvey Chatham was hired by the CIA he thought his job was to help cold blooded assassins make the transition to desk bound civil servants. He was dead wrong.
A fast-paced debut thriller “with great characters and hot action” says Stuart Woods—from an award-winning television writer and producer whose credits include the crime drama hits Law and Order and Columbo. When a corpse is discovered at the edge of the Hudson River, homicide detective Conor Bard is called to the scene. The victim turns out to be Walter Lawton, a hugely successful criminal defense attorney, with rumored ties to the Mafia. Among the prime suspects is Lawton’s chic, sexy wife who stands to inherit two hundred million dollars and was having an affair with one of her husband’s most dangerous clients.
Did Lawton’s ruthless wife kill him with the help of her Mafioso lover? Or the elusive Albanian gunman? Or was it one of Lawton’s bitter clients who murdered him? And how does Monica, the intriguing young Albanian woman Conor becomes involved with, fit into the picture? Conor Bard soon becomes enmeshed in a web of secrets, lies, and seduction.And his own life may be in jeopardy.
Set on the streets of New York City, this tantalizing blend of authentic fast-paced action, crossing plot-lines, and complex, multi-faceted characters marks the start of an exciting new mystery series.
Conor Bard—the fortysomething-year-old homicide detective who doesn’t always play by the rules—is working on the streets of New York City’s Diamond District when he becomes involved in a deadly game of international intrigue.
Gun and guitar packing Detective Conor Bard is back in action when a young female from out-of-town is found stabbed to death in Times Square. The New York City Mayor issues a mandate to the NYPD: find her killer before tourists start fleeing Manhattan. As Conor and his partner, Rosita Rubio, begin the investigation the list of potential suspects grows rapidly. Was it the victim’s ex-boyfriend who had just been unceremoniously dumped? The hedge fund executive with a record of date rape? The bouncer at the trendy club where the victim was last seen alive? Or maybe the creepy club customer with a history of domestic violence. Of course, it also could have been a random act committed by one of the many predators that prowl the Crossroads of the World. While the City is anxious to see the case solved, Conor has his own sense of urgency. His quest for recognition as a singer has led him to the doorstep of the biggest break of his career — an appearance at a major music venue where a high level record company executive is expected to attend. The performance is just a week away. Can Conor apprehend a murderer and also prepare for the show before he takes the stage? Or will he blow the chance of a lifetime because of the job?
WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A COP AND KEVIN MAHER? KEVIN DOESN'T HAVE A BADGE. AND HE DOESN'T PLAY BY THE RULES.
Cop Without a Badge tracks confidential informant Kevin Maher as he helps the NYPD, the FBI, and many other law enforcement agencies solve cases that range from robbery to extortion to homicide. In the process, Kevin becomes the highest paid CI the DEA ever had.
But Kevin's motives are more complicated than simply money. Having been arrested for Grand Theft Auto at the age of sixteen, his felony conviction prevents him from being what he always wanted to be: a police officer. So now he's out to prove to himself he truly is what he could've been. A cop. Even without a badge.