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Swerve: A Detectives Seagate and Miner Mystery (Book 8) by [Markel, Mike]
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From the Author

The Detectives Seagate and Miner Mystery series comprises eight books:
  1. Big Sick Heart
  2. Deviations
  3. The Broken Saint
  4. Three-Ways
  5. Fractures
  6. The Reveal
  7. Players
  8. Swerve
Like the seven previous books, Swerve is narrated by Detective Karen Seagate. She is 43, a recovering alcoholic who is trying to figure out how to deal with her disease, a by-the-book chief, and a world that, in general, makes little sense. She wants to dislike her young partner, Ryan Miner, a sharp, cheerful Mormon with a wife and three kids, but with this, as with most of her life goals, she fails. She relies on Ryan in many ways, and he is starting to figure out how to work with her.

The focus of this book is timely: self-driving cars. I also wove in a thread about cybercrime, a serious problem for all businesses but especially for those whose products, such as self-driving cars, are connected to the web. One of the main challenges that will need to be resolved before self-driving cars can become widespread is that malicious hackers could take control of cars while they are parked--or driving. This has already been done by researchers as a proof of concept.

As Seagate tries to keep her head above water in the investigation, a personal issue that has been festering for a while brings her to her knees. Her son, who has been on the wrong track for years, gets into some serious legal trouble, a development that tests her relatively fresh sobriety.

In this book, Karen Seagate remains cynical, rude, and depressed. She lies constantly and assumes that most of what people say is untrue. She expects nothing good to happen to her and is rarely surprised. She's too high-maintenance for most men and for all bosses. Really, there would be no good reason for anyone to want to have anything to do with her--except that she is extremely good at figuring out which liar is also a killer.

Karen Seagate still curses--a lot--and she still gives her partner, Ryan, a hard time. I hope, however, that readers will see that, despite her rough edges, she has a real humanity, and she tries to treat others, especially the more-vulnerable souls she comes in contact with, fairly and compassionately. Part of this new-found sensitivity is a result of her experience working with Ryan and the new chief, as well as her largely successful efforts to manage her alcoholism.

I want to thank the many readers of the previous seven books in the series who have gotten in touch with me. I appreciate all your comments. And I hope you're willing to give Swerve a try. I think the topic is timely and interesting.

About the Author

Mike Markel writes the Detectives Seagate and Miner Mystery series, which is set in the fictional small city of Rawlings, Montana, home of Central Montana State University. That university is somewhat like Boise State University, where Mike taught writing, but in Rawlings the weather is colder, the football team less successful, and the murder rate much, much higher. 

Mike lives with his wife in Boise.

Follow Mike Markel on Facebook: facebook.com/pages/Mike-Markel-mystery-writer/111910452241789

Read Mike's tweets: twitter.com/mikemarkel

Visit Mike's website: mikemarkel.com

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  • File Size: 2527 KB
  • Print Length: 338 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: August 25, 2017
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0755MK7Q1
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