Eight murders.

Seven days.

Two detectives.

One hacker.

Can MPD's finest crack the case?

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Jim Spoonhour has been a compulsive reader since age 12, consuming two or three books per week his entire life. Like many addicted readers, he long aspired to write novels and has finally ventured into the world of putting stories on paper.

During the interim, Jim got two degrees from the University of Nebraska in Political Science. Then he served as a Special Agent in the Office of Special Investigations while in the Air Force. While assigned to the Pentagon on a major leak case, Jim started attending law school at Georgetown University at night.

After graduating from Georgetown, Jim practiced civil litigation and appellate law with a large law firm in Orlando, Florida for many years. He also was a law professor at the Loyola University School of Law in New Orleans.

Jim is a member of the following writers’ organizations: International Thriller Writers, Mystery Writers of America, Jericho Writers (Oxford, UK), Career Authors, and Authors Syndicate Masterminds.

In addition to reading and writing, Jim’s other joy in life comes from playing tournament croquet over the past 30 years. He occasionally even wins a tournament here and there around the country. Jim is now dedicated to writing and has nearly completed the second in the Detective Mac Burke series.

Incentive for Death

Coming October 3rd

DC homicide detective McDermott “Mac” Burke and his partner are assigned the murder of prominent lawyer. Within days, they suspect that their case may be related to two other homicides that occurred within twelve hours of the lawyer’s murder. Are the cases related?

Over the course of a week, Mac determines that the first three cases may also be related to five earlier homicides. Was there a common link?

When they hit dead ends, the detectives seek help from a friend, who is one of DC’s top hackers. They also get anonymous assistance from Mac’s ex-wife who still lives with him three years after an amicable divorce. Unknown to him, she works for the CIA.

They eventually tie all eight deaths to a man and woman whose identities are protected by the government. Mac and his partner eventually connect all eight cases and find the mastermind behind the scheme of murder for hire.

Perfect for fans of Robert Dugoni and John Sandford.

An ominous tale about need and greed, the tension ratcheted up by a single question, ‘Are they really going to do that?’  Yes, they are. Enjoy this pulse-pounding treat.
—Bestselling Thriller Author Steve Berry


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