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Diamonds and Cole: A Cole Sage Mystery #1 [Kindle Edition]

Micheal Maxwell
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Book Description

An emotional pile-driver, that takes you from the windy streets of Chicago to the California heat

Cole Sage, a once brilliant journalist, has just about reached rock bottom. Haunted by the longing for the woman he lost, Cole is jarred to a crossroads when a hostage negotiator is killed in front of him. Later, Cole is stunned to receive a one line cry for help from his one great love. Face to face with his past, and an uncertain future he tries to find her estranged daughter.

The path to keeping his word is blocked at every turn by the husband who abandoned her, his shady real estate deals, violent con men, street thugs and the lure of a fortune in diamonds that unite them. The anger, sorrow, and crippling guilt of twenty years fires Cole's drive to keep a promise, that in the end, will heal and return the soul to the great journalist.

Beaten, bloody but determined, Cole Sage conquers greed and hatred with a strength that only love and a will as hard as diamond can achieve.

Interview with the Author


Q - So, tell us about Cole Sage. What makes it special?

A – When I wrote Diamonds and Cole I never dreamed it would still be going five books later. Part of the motivation to write more books was the response to Cole. He's a guy with a lot of heart. Men and women both really respond to him. He's suffered loss and heartache and comes back stronger and wiser. In a lot of private detective novels, the character isn’t somebody you’d have over for dinner, at least not more than once. Because Cole is a newspaper man and journalist, he's an everyman, not a typical hardboiled detective. In life there is crime and punishment and that's what motivates Cole. He has a pretty strong moral compass. That’s not to say he won’t make a pretzel or two out of the rules though.

The Cole Sage books draw from a lot of genres. At their heart is the mystery and thriller - private detective genre. The stories could be torn right off the front page of the paper. The political thriller aspect is true crime, current news, and the serial killers Cole deals with seem to have real faces.

I want people to have a great read, with some twists and turns, that in the end leaves them wanting more of this unique and exciting mystery book hero.

Q – Do our readers have to read the Cole Sage Series in order?

A - There is a back story that weaves through the books, but each book can and does stand alone. But this is probably the best order…

- Diamonds and Cole
- Cellar of Cole
- Helix of Cole
- Cole Dust
- Cole Shoot (coming soon)

Q - Why should our readers read The Cole Sage Series?

A – I think mystery books for Kindle give people the freedom to try new authors like me. I believe the Cole Sage Series can hang right in there with the best of them. Being the new guy on the block I have to deliver the goods and The Cole Sage Series does just that. Diamonds and Cole got all the way to #2 on the Mystery > Private Investigators Amazon Rankings, that says a lot right there!

I think once readers meet Cole Sage they'll keep coming back for more.

Q – What is your favorite kind of Book? Would Cole Sage fit on the list?

A – He sure does. I’m a sucker for mystery books in general, but a good crime of the heart always gets me flipping pages. I love political thrillers, good old fashioned hard-boiled detectives are my kind of guys. So when Cole gets involved with a missing daughter, domestic terrorists, con men, child murders, street gangs, and true crime situations he pretty much ticks all of my reading boxes. So I guess a part of what I love I have put into the series.

Q- Thanks for giving our readers a look inside The Cole Sage Series.

A - Thanks for the opportunity!

Cole Sage Mystery Series eBook Categories


- Crime and punishment
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- Crimes of the heart
- Political thrillers kindle book
- Mystery thrillers suspense
- Romantic detective fiction
- Mystery Romanc

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  • Editorial Reviews

    About the Author

    Micheal Maxwell was taught the beauty and majesty of the English language by Bob Dylan, Robertson Davies, Charles Dickens and Leonard Cohen. Mr. Maxwell has traveled the globe, dined with politicians, rock stars and beggars. He has rubbed shoulders with priests and murderers, surgeons and drug dealers, each one giving him a part of themselves that will live again in the pages of his books. The Cole Sage series brings to life a new kind of hero. Short on vices, long on compassion and dedication to a strong sense of making things right. As a journalist he writes with conviction and purpose. As a friend he is not afraid to bend the law a bit to help and protect those he loves. Micheal Maxwell writes from a life of love, music, film, and literature. He lives in California with his lovely wife and travel partner Janet.

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    • Language: English
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    78 of 88 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars I strongly recommend it to everyone November 6, 2013
    Format:Kindle Edition
    For years I had been reading Fiction both for personal enjoyment and also for research. Thus each time I pick up a fiction, I have the above two, and then a third (review) purpose in mind. Fortunately, the book came to me just before I traveled to a totally isolated camp-site where I was teaching, and thus I had plenty of distraction-free time at hand to read the book in a leisurely manner.

    The author picks the theme of genuine love and weaves a story around how love can put a person in unbelievable situations and how such persons try to go to any length for the sake of their love. The theme looks very simple, but it becomes complex when human ego, misunderstandings, and every-day circumstances add unexpected components to the recipe. The question now is, would circumstances, misunderstandings, human ego, and human frailities quench love or would people find a way to sustain love by rising above these factors. The story therefore becomes one filled with complex questions.

    The author has woven it all in a very expert manner so that the reader does not lose the thread and each moment wishes to know what would happen next. There is no obvious answer to that question, and this makes the story absorbing and interesting.

    The novel comes to an unexpected and unbelievable conclusion, but that conclusion is greatly satisfying to the reader. It also conforms to the moral expectations of those who want this society to be a good place. As always, I will not give away either the story of the end of it so as not to reduce the charm of reading it.

    I can summarize my review only by saying that this turned out to be a superb novel and that I strongly recommend it to everyone.
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    30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars more than a mystery July 10, 2014
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    This was a very well written story. I bought it because it was a mystery but it was so much more. It was a story of love and family with a little violence and greed thrown in for spice. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
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    21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome! July 19, 2014
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    Don't pass on the opportunity to read this book. Great story and characters. Be sure you have tissues close by; if you have a heart, you'll need them. Can't wait to read more about Cole's adventures!
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    20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
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    love it love it, there are no other words today.....but do be careful reading the reviews before reading the book, they give away the ending of the story.,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,stupid people............................spoiling such a super good book.
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    15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars worth reading August 25, 2014
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    Even when writing fiction it is important to do accurate research. Saying diamonds were marked up 600% is not accurate research. As a former gemstone dealer I know the average markup is 10 to 15%.
    Adding background to the story, the author kind of disturbs the flow. Though well written, he gets lost in himself.
    But after reading so many free novels under the Bangkok sun, this one was the first that I thought warranted comment because it was so well written. I'm sure anyone who picks it up will enjoy it. I did.
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    27 of 33 people found the following review helpful
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    A tale of regret and coming to terms with it told in a very well-put-together way.

    Cole Sage is a newspaper hack working for the Chicago Sentinel, having worked his way down from a top-flight award-winning career with The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Time Magazine. The fire had gone. Then the love of his life, the woman he let slip away, contacts him asking for help. And so his path back to caring begins.

    The story encompasses diamond smuggling, money laundering, horrible husbands, sincere cops and eager journalists, the forgotten residents of nursing homes and a crook with a good heart. Beginning with what Cole believes is the simple matter of making sure his ex-love is cared for while she succumbs to a terminal illness, he soon finds himself on the receiving end of threats and a beating.

    Maxwell knows how to keep his readers interested, unfolding the story evenly without any dips. I liked his fleshing out of the secondary characters as well as the primary with, among other things, natural dialogue. Combined with a fluent use of language and good plotline it made for a well-rounded story. One I enjoyed.

    This is the first book in the Cole Sage series.
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    9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Diamonds and Cole July 17, 2014
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    This book has everything you would want... lots of action and suspense, love, humor and tears. I absolutely enjoyed reading this story.
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    18 of 23 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome and captivating September 14, 2013
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    This was an amazing story that captivated me from beginning to end. The details during the story are amazing and you feel like you are in the story with the character. Can't wait to see what happens in the next saga. Follow this author, well worth it!
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    3.0 out of 5 stars DIAMONDS AREN'T A GIRL'S BEST FRIEND: 'Diamonds and Cole' Coulda Been...
    I really wanted to like Diamonds and Cole. After all, it had an interesting premise and started off strong. Read more
    Published 12 hours ago by Ebony Edwards-Ellis
    5.0 out of 5 stars A page turner
    It was well written, believable, and kept my interest all through. have some Kleenex handy for the end. Good read.
    Published 1 day ago by G. Braunn
    5.0 out of 5 stars Mystery + love story + God
    Good vs. Evil....the good guy wins in the end.....great story getting there. Journalist Cole Sage is quite the detective and makes friends easily with folks who can help him.... Read more
    Published 1 day ago by Lila Martinez
    5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Characters!
    Michael Maxwell tells a fine story, but most importantly he provides characters with incredible depth. Read more
    Published 2 days ago by DJ
    5.0 out of 5 stars Poignant and Uplifting
    The story of a glorious and beautiful love story. You can almost feel yourself cheering the "good guy" on. It is hard to not want the bad guy get "what's coming to him."
    Published 4 days ago by ann hughes
    4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
    It was an enjoyable read.
    Published 5 days ago by Jim feight
    3.0 out of 5 stars Expected a Mystery, Got Christian Romance.
    Unevenly written story. It started out as a mystery and ended up more like a Christian romance novel. The characters were okay, but I got tired of the sermonizing. Read more
    Published 5 days ago by Lady Silverlocks
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Very good book held my interest throughout
    Published 5 days ago by DeannaGroce
    5.0 out of 5 stars Diamonds at Large
    To have read two great books in a row is phenomenal to say the least I am going to keep exploring new authors.
    Published 6 days ago by Amazon Customer phwhitworth
    5.0 out of 5 stars Page turning!!
    I really enjoyed this book - had a hard time putting it down. What does a person do when life has finally knocked them down? Read more
    Published 6 days ago by iwrite05
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    More About the Author

    Micheal Maxwell was taught the beauty and majesty of the English language by Bob Dylan, Robertson Davies, Charles Dickens and Leonard Cohen.

    Mr. Maxwell has traveled the globe, dined with politicians, rock stars and beggars. He has rubbed shoulders with priests and murderers, surgeons and drug dealers, each one giving him a part of themselves that will live again in the pages of his books.

    The Cole Sage series brings to life a new kind of hero. Short on vices, long on compassion and dedication to a strong sense of making things right. As a journalist he writes with conviction and purpose. As a friend he is not afraid to bend the law a bit to help and protect those he loves.

    Micheal Maxwell writes from a life of love, music, film, and literature. He lives in California with his lovely wife and traveling partner Janet.

    Currently Available:
    - Diamonds and Cole (Cole Sage Mystery #1)
    - Cellar Full of Cole (Cole Sage Mystery #2)
    - Helix of Cole (Cole Sage Mystery #3)
    - Cole Dust (Cole Sage Mystery #4)
    - Cole Shoot - (Cole Sage Mystery #5)
    - Three Nails
    - Coming Soon: - Cole Fire (Cole Sage Mystery #6)

    - The Time Pedaler (A Young Adult Time Travel Series) with Tally Scully
    - The Return of the Bride, a short story in the anthology, Eight the Hard Way



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