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Deadly Instinct [Kindle Edition]

K.E. Clark
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A modern tale in the tradition of the noir fiction classics of James M. Cain and Elmore Leonard, Deadly Instinct tells the story of two couples who are brought together by a fundamental human instinct - the desire for children - but instead find themselves embroiled in a dangerous scheme fueled by greed and avarice.

Billy and Barbara Evans seem like an ordinary couple, but looks are deceiving where Billy is concerned. An early-30s man who has never truly grown up, he dreams of riches and position; Barbara, his high school sweetheart, simply wants a family and is blind to Billy's dark side, though she is aware of his close ties to the shady and rich Jacko Denby. Prominent and respectable on the outside, Denby is reputed to have organized crime ties that pay for his opulent lifestyle, one that Billy craves for himself and Barbara. Sarah and Jacob Glass live in the nearby West Virginia coal mining country, but are worlds apart from the Evans in education and social position. Both are salt of the earth people, honest and hardworking, and desperate to have the child they cannot conceive. In their early 40s, they are now eager to adopt, but Jacob's teenage criminal past and their precarious finances have made it impossible.

The story moves at an exhilarating pace when Ethan Boggs, a disgraced lawyer, enters their lives. Boggs, who is adroit at arranging hasty and superficially legal adoptions for aspiring parents who are willing to pay, wrestles with his own demons of gambling and alcohol. His instincts for self-destruction put him under the thumb of a local loan shark and render him constantly in need of cash. Billy's semi-legitimate business schemes with Denby bring him tastes of the wealth he craves. Desperate to have it all, he concocts an unholy plan that will give him the financial success he desires, but at a price he cannot imagine. A shrewd detective and a glamorous television reporter begin to sniff out the truth, leading to a fateful confrontation with a shattering climax.

Deadly Instinct weaves a complex web of deceit, blood and passion in an unforgettable tale of the most basic human instincts - and their explosive consequences.

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About the Author

K. E. Clark has an insatiable appetite for crime genre books and movies. In Deadly Instinct, his first foray into fiction, Clark has demonstrated the imagination the genre demands. His previous book, The Story Behind the Mortgage and Housing Meltdown, is an insightful and illuminating explanation of the historic and devastating 2008 financial crisis. A mortgage professional and executive for over thirty years, Clark is a keen observer of the trends that affect our world. Clark hosted the radio show Rebuild the Dream, which aired on the Washington D.C. area radio station WMAL. On the program, Clark translated and disseminated complex mortgage information for listeners, showing the way for people to achieve the American dream of home ownership.

An entrepreneur, policy advocate, radio host, and writer, Clark’s entry into fiction will prove to be his latest outgrowth of creativity and vision, as Deadly Instinct will keep readers enthralled and on the edge of their seats. Clark is a husband and a father. He is an avid cyclist, and spends his time with his family in Celebration, Florida and Park City, Utah.

Product Details

  • File Size: 465 KB
  • Print Length: 340 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1479781193
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Xlibris (June 14, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00D74TVW4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,506,373 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars IndieReader Review July 29, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Deadly Instinct opens with an unidentified man dying in the grass, and then flashes back one year earlier to introduce a slew of desperate characters.

Sarah and Jacob Glass want a child, but cannot conceive and--thanks to Jacob's criminal record--cannot adopt the usual way. Barbara Evans also wants a baby more than anything, but husband Billy longs to be rich and child-free. What are these folks to do?

Jacob and Sarah, dirt-poor, hire Ethan Boggs, an attorney known for doing things way off the beaten track. Boggs is super-motivated to find them a baby, being in hock to loan sharks, and Billy Evans, a seller of used computer equipment, is only too happy to deliver. Billy's a dreamer, and dreamers take big risks. Billy's ship launches once he learns how a simple mistake can cost a hospital eight handsome figures.Billy concocts a plan to make everyone happy and set for life.

Deadly Instinct is A Simple Plan meets Murder on the Orient Express with a lot of characters to follow--scattered all over the world--some more interesting than others, and no shortage of unscrupulous, unsavory men. Clark skillfully transports us across state borders, West Virginia to Maryland, where most of the action takes place. The plotting sometimes felt too mechanical, a common ailment afflicting crime novels and exacerbated here by the long laundry list of dramatis personae.

For the most part, Clark keeps the tension tight and story moving forward at a nice clip with a few jolts and stops along the way. If you like crime fiction, hop aboard, fasten your seat-belts, and enjoy the ride through the Mid-Atlantic states. Be forewarned, with all the greed and sleaze, you might feel like a hot shower afterwards.

Reviewed by Lucy Wang for IndieReader
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