IndieReader Approved! A quick and thoughtful thriller that takes Officer Cody Byrne around the globe in a series of murderous twists that include shocking personal discovery, Shakespearean drama and royal connections that she never could have seen coming.
An E-thriller.com pick as Thriller of the Month:
"A great mystery story entwined with an insight into M15. This is a roller coaster of a read from the first page and I was hooked. What a find. Highly recommended!"
"Exciting, spellbinding and riveting. One of the best crime/mystery novels I have everread and I've read a lot of them. The action begins in the first chapters andcontinues up to the end." -- Ruth Ann Hixson, BookPleasures blogger
"A thrilling police procedural as Iraqi war veteran turned police officer Cody Byrneinvestigates the death of a Montana professor who may have been hiding one of the biggest secrets in academia--or perpetuating one of the biggest frauds--one that could scandalize the royal family of Great Britain. An entertaining read!" Robin Burcell - award winningauthor of THE BLACK LIST
From the Author
What could be more fun than explosions, spies, and Shakespeare?
This novel started on a slim premise, that an explosion of any sort, accidental, arson, terrorist, whatever, could be bad. Really bad. Definitely dramatic. In Bozeman a few years ago there was a bad gas leak. A block of downtown blew up. One person died, the unfortunate woman who arrived at her art gallery early and flipped a light switch. That's all it takes to detonate a gas leak. But for my story some nefarious motives were required. Then the imagination took over.
That was the beginning of PLAN X. It's a story a few years in gestation, percolating up from that simple, true event to a full-fledged novel. There are some big booms in the book, at the beginning and the end. How are they connected? Well, you'll see when you read it but there are twists in between. Cody Byrne, the cop who is the main character, is dealing with Post Traumatic Stress from her tour in Iraq. She returns, back on the force in Bozeman, just in time for a huge explosion on the campus of Montana State University. It rocks her world all right, and makes her decide she has to conquer the anxiety that she's living with. She's tasked with finding the next-of-kin for one of the victims, a Shakespeare professor. Unfortunately she can't find a single thing out about him, where he's from -- England, yes, but where? -- who his relatives are. But he's done something odd. He's hidden old documents, Renaissance pages of -- maybe -- a play or sonnet with several of his English Department colleagues. Cody latches on to these pages, the only clue she has as to who this man was.