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The Blackmail Club, a Jack McCall Mystery [Kindle Edition]

David Bishop
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Washington, D.C., is a town full of powerful people hiding ugly secrets. The blackmailer, a renaissance man, keeps his promise: pay me, I'll return the juicy evidence I have against you, and you'll never hear from me again. Jack McCall, a former operative for the U.S. intelligence community and now a private investigator hunts this wily and diabolical madman. His victims, having paid and not been further extorted, are reticent to admit ever having been blackmailed. McCall's efforts to solve the case are assisted by Nora Burke, his sexy assistant who also helps Jack recover from the loss of his wife, and Max Logan, a retired detective of Irish-Scottish parentage. Chock full of colorful characters from the worlds of politics, art, and the media, The Blackmail Club is a cerebral, physical and sexy five-course gourmet meal of mystery. Sit back and fasten your seatbelt, relax, and be entertained while you try to fit together the final pieces before you turn the final pages.

Product Details

  • File Size: 522 KB
  • Print Length: 311 pages
  • Publisher: Telemachus Press, LLC (December 30, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,919 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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45 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reader review: The Blackmail Club March 2, 2012
Author David Bishop presents the second book in his Jack McCall series titled: The Blackmail Club. McCall, a former assistant to the CIA Director, emerges as the owner of a Washington, D.C. based detective agency. McCall learns of a dear friend's death and is hired by the widow to learn why her normally stable psychiatrist husband committed suicide. Nora Burk, McCall's partner and confidant, uses her native instinct and intellect to work in harmony with McCall, while radiating feminine charm and sensuality that only dead men could ignore. The investigation uncovers interesting and unusual threads requiring more legwork that yields additional complexities. Together Jack and Nora discover multiple layers of seemingly unrelated events and numerous possibilities that provide some rationale for the doctor's suicide. The case takes McCall from Washington's back alleys and strip clubs to the high-brow blue-nosed realm of society's cultural elite. Suspects abound and McCall must work with and around city police, who deemed the psychiatrist's death as a simple suicide and closed the case. The author's scintillating novel allows readers to peek over McCall's shoulder throughout the book. Once read, the content and style used in The Blackmail Club may convert the most casual reader to an avid fan of master storyteller, David Bishop.

A word of caution dear reader: Be careful when you turn the page. Punches are thrown and bullets fly. Don't forget to duck.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Who Done It at its best! April 23, 2012
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Never read a book by David Bishop before but somewhere between Stuart Woods and John Sandford, he reigns! I was captivated by the synopsis, as I am an avid "suspense with a humorous attitude" reader. I am partial to dialogue, and the show-not-tell technique of story telling - David nailed it. An easy read with likeable characters, even the bad guys. Kudos!
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
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The Blackmail Club is a terrific gift, so soon after The Third Coincidence!!! (You don't need to have read the first one, but I highly recommend it, and they make reference to it ;-) We get to know Jack McCall much better. He is a welcome and refreshing addition to the horde of DIs milling around hundreds of books. And the narrator pays his respects to the ones we all love, especially Sherlock Holmes. Holmes has an ongoing feud with Moriarty. Jack's search is for a killer who calls himself Moriarty, nudging Jack on until the very end.

In addition, Jack is very close to Humphrey Bogart and to Sam Spade. He watches Bogie's movies, and at one point it says "He also knew he would recover. Not tonight. Not tomorrow. But he could already feel his body fighting to regain itself." Who can forget those famous lines from Casablanca? Jack had also bought a weapon - "a leather-wrapped sap, popular in the 20, and 30s, as memorabilia from Sam Spade's era". He even imagines how Dashiell Hammett (Sam Spade's creator) might have written the description of a character's office. And then the description follows, and it is very close to Dashiell Hammett's style. Great subtle touches!

Nora Burke is back, as Jack's clever and perky partner. Rachel Johnstone is not, and her absence gives us a crucial insight into Jack, as he mourns her. Around him there are other remarkable characters, especially Max Logan, the Irish/Scottish retired cop who starts working for Jack. The three make a great team, and we hope to see them again soon.

The resolution is unexpected and admirably developed. However, if you read the Prologue carefully, some of the answers lie there - a very clever twist!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Blackmail Club April 22, 2012
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The Blackmail Club is my first David Bishop novel, but it will not be my last. The texture of the writing is reminiscent of Sam Spade, clear, concise, and always twisting and turning forward. It kept me on my Kindle too long many mornings.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A worthy read November 26, 2012
By Tams
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David Bishop's The Blackmail Club reminds me of those old-fashioned whodunit novels. You got to love the novel's protagonist, Jack McCall, an ex-CIA agent and recent widow just trying to do right by his recently deceased friend. With an intriguing cast of suspects - all of whom could be the culprit - Mr. Bishop does an excellent job of keeping the reader guessing right up to the end. I stayed up way past my bedtime to finish this book. This was my first David Bishop novel, but it certainly won't be my last. Great read!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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My disclaimer: I consider David to be a friend, which doesn't mean I would rate his books at a higher number of stars, but in fairness it has to be said.

Jack McCall has returned from overseas to once again take up his work with his new business McCall Investigations. Nora Burke, his business partner, friend and former Washington, D.C. homicide detective has been managing the business in his absence.

For Jack, everything has changed. His personal life has been dealt a blow, one from which he is still recovering. Not really sure if he wants to continue the business he is faced with the death of a close friend. Asked by the widow to investigate, Jack is once more drawn into the world of politics, clandestine operations, wealth and D.C. power.

One again Mr. Bishop brings us a casts of quirky characters. Max the former D.C. detective with a perchance for blarney and Phoebe, artist, with an interest in several fields just to name two of my favourites. All of the secondary and minor characters are richly drawn, fully complete and serve to move the story forward.

Having read Mr. Bishops mystery novels before I was fully prepared this time. Prepared for twists, turns, bullets, bombs, bad, good, in between guys/gals and looking forward to them. He delivers them again with believability and style, snappy dialogue and finesse'. Mr. Bishop has a way with words that is fun and enjoyable.

This time, oh yes, this time I was going to beat David at his game. I was going to figure it out from the clues and know what happened. I even took notes. Writing down the clues and checking the ones I thought were red herrings against those that I had decided were the real thing. But, he got me, misdirected me off on the wrong tangent.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars a great second book in the series
This one was much more complicated than the first, but it kept you guessing until the very end. I really enjoy the Jack McCall character, and hope there will be more books of his... Read more
Published 6 days ago by Robert Clark
3.0 out of 5 stars Easy read.
A light hearted mystery. Easy read.
Published 18 days ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars McCall Investigations is a place I would love to work
Jack McCall and his partner Nora are interesting characters and I will look forward to reading another of their investigations.
Published 26 days ago by Christmas Carol
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Well written; interesting twists!
Published 1 month ago by Nickie Croas
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Well-written thriller aboud powerful people taking advantage of those with secrets and money. It's a little long.
Published 1 month ago by RY
5.0 out of 5 stars This One Will Pull You In and Keep You Guessing
Sometimes the PI genre can get a little shop-worn and tiresome. However, this one comes out as one that pulls you in and keeps you guessing. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Pheel
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but...
The story is engrossing but I can't help tripping over the wrong words injected several times in the story. These are not misspelling, he for him, pitcher for picture, etc. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Michael R. Todd
5.0 out of 5 stars Both my husband and I enjoyed this book very much
Both my husband and I enjoyed this book very much. David Bishop has interesting plots and he carries them through.
Published 3 months ago by Linda
5.0 out of 5 stars I love those mystery novels!
This book held my interest throughout the entire book and although I had never read a David Bishop, I have already downloaded another of his books after reading this one. 😀
Published 3 months ago by Carolyn Haynie
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very interesting
Published 3 months ago by Billie Jean Reynolds
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More About the Author

David Bishop stuck his author nose under the edge of the mystery tent with his first novel in October 2011. Since then his mysteries have maintained a constant presence on Amazon Best Selling Lists in multiple categories of mystery novels. He has also been listed numerous times among the 100 best selling authors of mysteries, including appearances among the top 10.

He writes several series characters:

MATT KILE MYSTERIES (in the order of release): Who Murdered Garson Talmadge, The Original Alibi, Money & Murder, and his newest release (Feb 1, 2014) Find My Little Sister.
MADDIE RICHARDS MYSTERIES (in order of release): The Beholder, and Death of a Bankster.
JACK McCALL MYSTERIES (in order of release): The Third Coincidence, and The Blackmail Club.
The stories within these series are independent, not continuing. They can be read in any order.

Some personal comments from David:

I was born in Washington, D.C. From there my life likely mirrored that of a lot of my readers. We moved around. I got some education. Played some sports, and got some more education. Prior to becoming a novelist, I worked as a financial analyst determining the value of companies. But let's talk about my current and final career, writing mystery novels.

As a writer, I conjure up occurrences designed to quickly bring the story to a roiling boil. Along the way, I invent people. Victims and villains and heroes are needed, as well as a supporting cast. I make these people fun and interesting so you will welcome them and introduce them to your friends. Primary characters need habits and tics and talents, the qualities that bring them to life and make you love them or hate them. You'll want to see them humiliated or hunted down, be sucessful or seduced.

My mysteries offer you the opportunity to be challenged to find the villain from among the suspects. Clues as large as a log or as tiny as a bump thereon are salted throughout the stories. There are distractions in the form of false clues, called red herrings, which point to someone other than the real villain.

Take a journey with me. Laugh. Hold your breath. Cheer. Boo. The characters are rich and the plots are grabbers. I promise that you'll be glad you came along. Some people don't like golf or chocolate or even a hearty laugh. But I'll bet you like some of those things and I'll bet you'll like my mysteries. Yours very truly, David Bishop

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