A Cry in the Night - Mary Higgins Clark

** Naive cliché

I should say that the review contains some spoilers, but in fact the plot is so obvious that I don’t think it’s necessary.
Let’s start with the few positive aspects of this novel.
The prose is definitely beautiful and clean. The author is very good in managing the point of view of the protagonist and overall the text compels you to a quick read, though I must confess that I was in a hurry to finish it just to get rid of it as soon as possible.
But despite the excellent technical skills, the story is just a naive cliché.
The useless prologue makes it clear immediately how the story will be developed and how it will end: it anticipates the child’s death (which then actually occurs at about 80% of the novel), shows that she is alone and that there is something strange regarding her husband.
Everything else is clarified in the first chapters.
Jenny, the main character, is absolutely non-credible. Whenever does it happen that a single mother, divorced, so experienced, in New York (not in the smallest village), immediately trusts the first guy who shows interest on her? Indeed, she should doubt this sudden interest. He proposes to her after a week! Any woman would run like hell and someone like her, who has two daughters, faster than any other. This lack of credibility makes her annoying because of her excessive stupidity, weakness, and total lack of temper.
The fact that the story is set in the 80s can justify the plot being overworn (at the time it wasn’t so overworn), but not its poor development and two-dimensional characters.
He looks sinister since the beginning. After reading the prologue, it is natural to question him immediately, all the more because of his way of being intrusive and overbearing with a woman he just met and of whom he is interested because she is almost identical to his dead mother, another reason why any sane person would immediately run away from him.
The author attempts to confuse the facts and make you doubt the protagonist fail miserably. Not once she has managed to divert me from the conviction, gained from the first moment I met Erich in the first chapter, that there was something wrong with him, that he was the cause of everything. The late inclusion of elements of doubt seems like clutching at straws and the tendency of the protagonist to give credit to them makes her appear even more stupid and weak.
The ending is predictable. How do you think a story like this would end? Come on!
The veiled (but not too much) reference to Psycho must have made Hitchcock turn in his grave.
It was the first time I read a book by Higgins Clark and, no doubt, it will be the last.

A Cry in the Night on Amazon.

Crime scenes and artistic licences

Being a crime thriller fan myself, as a reader and author, but also viewer, I’ve always been intrigued by the way in which reality of investigative procedures, in particular concerning forensic science, is reinterpreted in fiction (including TV shows and films) for showing it in a way that is comprehensible and able to entertain the audience. One thing I have always noticed is that anyone who is the protagonist of the story, whether it’s a detective, a medical examiner, a criminologist, a prosecutor, a lawyer or even an anthropologist, that character automatically rises to a crucial role in the investigation.

Of course, the procedures vary from one country to another and with respect to the United States, a frequent scenario in which a reader/viewer comes across, even from state to state, so it is not absurd to think that depending on the location where the story takes place the dynamics between people who work to discover the culprit of some crime (generally a murder) are ruled differently.
But, beyond individual cases, I’m more inclined to think that this phenomenon is simply the result of artistic licence. Except when the protagonist is a detective, which by definition has the role to investigate, all the stories with different positions as protagonist must necessarily yield to the will of their creator, so that action involves the main character, and therefore the story works.

The role of medical examiner is one of the most popular. Do you remember “Quincy”? It is a series broadcasted NBC between the 70s and 80s that features a pathologist who finds himself investigating cases of murder. I was too young back then, but I happened to watch it more recently on Sky, and despite the effect of the passing of time, I always find it very compelling.
A similar situation is seen in TV series such as “Crossing Jordan”, “Body of Proof” or the recent “Rosewood”, without forgetting the fiction series of Kay Scarpetta by Patricia Cornwell: all series in which pathologists or medical examiners (there is always a lot of confusion about the terminology, which gets worse because of the translations into other languages) will get busy to find the culprit, as if they were detectives, and often risk their life.

The role of the criminologist, however, owes much to the CSI franchise, which has brought it to light for the first time, so that significant interest in it was created in the public and increased the number of young people who wish to pursue this career, and then maybe find that it is much less exciting and decisive in the resolution of a case than how it looks on TV! In this regard, I wrote about the “CSI effect” in an old article.

In the constant search for a possible new star of the investigations that it is not the classic detective, they even came to the forensic anthropologist in “Bones, a TV series inspired by Kathy Reichs’s (who is a real forensic anthropologist) novels, where Dr. Temperance Brennan along with their colleagues at the Jeffersonian Institute (which does not exist!) in Washington solves brutal murder cases. Okay, along with her is also FBI Special Agent Seeley Booth, but, let’s face it, the engine of all is Brennan.

The reality on how you carry out the investigations of a murder is different, of course, but that doesn’t matter, because we’re talking about fiction, not documentaries. What matters is that the story works and that the reader/viewer is having fun.
And, anyway, the artistic licences go well beyond the roles of the characters. Just think of the clothing on a crime scene. Whoever has watched only an episode of “CSI: Miami” has certainly noticed criminologists wandering among corpses in elegant suits (men) or impeccable lady’s suit complete with shoes with high heels (women). And all this in hot Florida. Where are the protective overalls, shoe covers, hoods and everything else? The maximum that you can see on them is latex gloves!
Not to mention the fact that at the appropriate time they all become perfect shooters or skilled negotiators or that the most insignificant physical evidence (e.g. the usual fibre) is enough to nail the murderer, since there is a database of everything.
In short, artistic licences are everywhere and we are not always able to identify the boundary between reality and fiction. And, all in all, we aren’t even interested.

Personally, being a biologist, I am fascinated by forensic science, but rather at a theoretical level. Having worked in the past in a university laboratory (although my “investigations” were in the field of ecology, so definitely a lot more cheerful!) I know perfectly well that it is a job made of slow procedures, often not entirely reliable, full of repetitions and inconclusive results, where you produce a flood of data of which only a small part is really useful or usable. If the stories narrated what it really means to analyse all the evidence from the scene of a crime, their consumer would be bored to death.
This is why you come to the artistic licence: in books, movies or TV series, each event must push the action forward and it doesn’t matter how the characters are dressed, what their capabilities are or what exactly their roles should be.

So when I found myself writing for the first time a procedural crime thriller, “The Mentor”, on one hand I tried as much as possible to keep a certain inherent logic within the plot as well as a substantial scientific plausibility, on the other hand it was me as author who created the rules that govern the world in which my characters move.
This is how my version of the scientific department at Scotland Yard comes from, where criminologists are almost all also police officers (which is not true in reality) and, as such, not only they own a weapon (most British police officers are not armed), but use it with ease. In addition, I never specify if they are wearing any special protection on the scene, apart from the usual latex gloves, but then I don’t even say the opposite.
Even the explanation of their ranks within the police is minimized according to the needs of the plot. For example, the main character, Detective Shaw, is chief of a scientific team, but only in the second book I clarify that he is a detective chief inspector, because he mentions about a possible promotion, which then will fall into the plot of the final book of the trilogy: “Beyond the Limit”. Similarly in the second book you discover that officer Mills became a sergeant: the reason is to further show the fact that two years have passed.
Sometimes, moreover, the characters can count on futuristic technologies invented by me (like the program used by Martin Stern in “Syndrome” to create an explorable computer recreation of the crime scene) that accompany the real ones, for which I performed specific research (the detection of fingerprints with silver/black powder or blood with luminol).

I also admit that only half of such research is derived from the study of techniques and procedures used in real life, through an online course that I attended (created by the University of Leicester) and of course Google, while the other half comes from my TV, cinema, and fiction background.
Besides, the reader uses it as term of comparison and, basically, reproducing some aspects already seen in a book or on TV does nothing but reinforce the suspension of disbelief and, ultimately, increases the enjoyment of the novel.
The purpose is to entertain and artistic licence is and always will be an essential element in achieving this goal, even when it comes to the most rigorous matters, like science.

Blackout - Marc Elsberg

***** Realistic, scary, unpredictable

It is no coincidence that Marc Elsberg is compared to Frank Schätzing. This novel is really a beautiful European techno-thriller, which surpasses in quality the works of many overseas colleagues. The story of an extended blackout throughout Europe is particularly disturbing since the scenarios are very realistic. It doesn’t take place in the future, but is something that could happen right now. We used to take for granted the availability of electrical power, but what would happen if this were missing for days or weeks? What would be the consequences? But, above all, what or who might be the cause?
All these aspects are explored in “Blackout”.
The technical part is very accurate and interesting, a sign that the author must have done great research (although he admits that he had taken various licences), but despite the abundance of information, it is never boring.
The novel can be defined choral, because it moves so many characters, which at the beginning seem separate from each other, but whose stories eventually converge. And, even if they are numerous, Elsberg manages to characterise them well. In particular I felt involved in the adventures of Piero, who is what could be referred to as the protagonist.
The decision to give the role of hero to an Italian is surprising, since it was made by a German author. Indeed, virtually all of the most positive characters of the novel are not German, while Germans often appear those who make mistakes (sometimes fraudulently) or are too rigid in their positions and therefore unable to find real solutions.
I read another novel on a similar topic, entitled “Cyber ​​Storm” by Matthew Mather (Canadian author). It dealt with an Internet blackout and the consequent loss of power supply in a New York City plagued by a long snowstorm. But “Blackout” is, in my opinion, a better work because it illustrates a more realistic scenario, and above all it is a real techno-thriller, as it shows the sabotage to the electricity network and how everybody tries to get to the bottom of it. “Cyber ​​Storm”, on the other hand, focuses on the drama of the protagonist who has no idea what is going on and has nothing to do with the investigations. In addition, the technology is only hinted at, making the plot slide into a post-apocalyptic cliché. I must say that in certain creative scopes Europeans have the ability to get out from the clichés, to think outside the lines, and create original stories and unpredictable developments, while overseas authors sometimes tend to return to certain topics.
Even the character of Piero, a hacker from Milan, is credible. There aren’t the usual stretches that are seen in the works of foreign authors when they describe Italian characters.
Finally I must say that, despite being a very long book, I read it all in a few days. I could not stop and I could not wait to get back to read.
I tried to think what could be a downside to “Blackout”, in relation to my taste, but in all honesty I have not found one.

Blackout (English edition, available on 9 February 2017) on Amazon.
Blackout (original edition in German) on Amazon.

Why I am enthusiastic about Star Trek Beyond, but also the previous ones

I’ve never been a Trekkie. Sure, I am a science fiction fan and I live on this planet, therefore I have met several times the Star Trek franchise throughout my life. I watched a few episodes of all series and some films as well.
The only series I watched from the first to the last episode (though not exactly in that order) was Star Trek Voyager. It happened for a series of random circumstances. It was broadcasted on Canal Jimmy (in Italy), if I’m not wrong, every day in the morning while I was having breakfast, before going to the lab (when I used to work at the university). But I really liked it. I especially liked the character of Seven Of Nine and her inner conflict.
I also started watching Enterprise. I watched one or two seasons, but then I wasn’t able to catch it anymore on TV. I always promise to myself to retrieve it.

My relationship with the other series has always been a little tepid. Although I am too young for the classic series, it is definitely the one that I lingered on watching more often. I was fascinated by the character of Spock (who isn’t?). But the generational gap was evident. I was born in the 70s and in fact I grew up with the science fiction of the 80s (just as an example, with V). And then there’s the not insignificant fact that I am a fan of Star Wars (well, my nickname on the web is Anakina). Not that one thing excludes the other, since they are two completely different visions of this genre. But even of Star Wars (strictly the classic trilogy) what I love most is the cunning, irony, and action, while the philosophical part does not exactly strike a chord on me.
And then there’s Darth Vader: the villain tormented between the loyalty to the Emperor and the feelings for his son. Again, a character that lives a conflict.
Added to this are the surprise effect, the plot twists, characters that take their own destiny and change things.

One thing that used to puzzle me in Star Trek was a certain fatalistic aspect. This damn Enterprise always got herself in bigger trouble than she was able to manage, the characters risked succumbing, but then they made it thanks to a fortuitous event that changed the situation and put them in condition to get by.

Now, as a forty-something (oh yeah!), I find myself developing a passion for Star Trek thanks to this new movie franchise.
Yes, I know, most of the Trekkies hated Abrams’s movies or at least have had critical views on them (I have seen them recently on DVD to get ready for the new one), whilst, as far as I know many of them are appreciating Star Trek Beyond, directed Justin Lin.
But I loved them all, in a crescendo.

I am certainly aware that the latter has a more compelling and elaborate plot (and there are no lens flares!). It seems it has less stretching from the rules of the old universe of Star Trek, rules which I don’t know (and then it is still an alternate reality), so this doesn’t make any difference to me.
But I must confess that what keeps my attention alive are elements such as action, irony mixed with cunning, characters finding solutions without these to fall from heaven (or at least not entirely or they don’t give this impression, because you’re distracted by something else) and especially the way they interact, some of them showing a certain depth because of their past (i.e. Kirk and Spock).

On the first point, suffice it to say that you are talking with a person who doesn’t miss a Mission Impossible, Fast & Furious, 007, and Jason Bourne film. I want to be amazed with incredible action scenes so that I can scream, laugh, and clap. So fistfights, shootouts, collisions, and so on send me over the moon. And the so-called Kelvin Timeline is filed with this stuff.
Irony and cunning fall a bit in the classic American stuff (in Italy we call it “americanata”), so I’m not saying anything new.
But one thing I really appreciate is the least dominant role of the good luck factor (especially for what concerns its perception). Yes, well, of course there is some good luck, yet (I don’t know if it’s just me) if compared to the old Star Trek the characters in this new movie franchise go looking for their good luck. It seems they have a complete control over the situation, even when they’re in the worst trouble. It’s obvious that then they make it (it’s taken for granted), but they make me suffer a bit less about their fate and have more fun for the things they say, their witty remarks or racking my brain to try to understand what the screenwriter will invent to save them whilst making me laugh and wonder.

I think this is simply due to the fact that the way of telling stories, and with it the tastes of those who benefit from them, has changed, so, like many who defend the work of Abrams say, the new Star Trek adapts to the times and the new public.
At the same time I understand the difficulties of the old fans to accept this change (I’ve been already there with Star Wars) and basically I think my appreciation for these films arises from the fact that I’ve never been a Trekkie.

However, I can only say that I adored Star Trek Beyond because of all these elements, to which a quite well thought out storyline is added, even though the basic story remains the same: a supervillain who wants to avenge (but in Into Darkness Khan, which I liked a lot, at least had its own logic in practicing his revenge), creates a lot of problems and is eventually defeated. But in my opinion among the best things in this film are the subplots and generally the interaction between the main characters (equally important), which managed to make me smile and laugh.

And I love Spock, which is the main reason of my enthusiasm. It is a wonderfully complex character, because of the internal conflict due to his special nature midway between Vulcan and human (the moments when he pulls out his emotional part alone are worth the price of admission!), and Zachary Quinto gives a fantastic performance, both for his ability to bring us back to mind the one of the late Leonard Nimoy and for his own special something he is able to lend to the character.

As you can see, just like in my books, again I’m attracted by a character that lives in irresolvable conflicts. In the end this is the crucial element that makes me love a story, because I can identify myself in such a character. Then the barrier between reality and fiction collapses and I find myself fully experiencing the magic of the latter.

British action thriller “Kindred Intentions” available on all major ebook retailers

Under the rain of an unusually warm English summer, “Kindred Intentions” follows the story of Amelia Jennings, an officer at the City of London Police for just a week, which is sent by detective Monroe to work undercover at Goldberg & Associates, a law firm plagued by a series of murders committed by a hired killer.
But her career as investigator ends before it even begins.

When Amelia goes to give her final job interview and met a competitor, Mike Connor, in the waiting room, her only concern is that the man can steel her job, thwarting the work of her team. But not five minutes later that same room becomes the scene of a shooting.

Infringing the orders of her boss, Amelia throws herself in pursuit of the killer and this reckless choice causes a series of events that leads to radically change her life in a matter of just twenty-four hours. Amongst kidnappings, murders, (not exactly accidental) car accidents, chases, shootouts, explosions, we follow her in a descent into hell, during which if she wants to survive she’ll have to figure out who she can trust.

With self-deprecating humour and a vivid imagination, Amelia will try to get on top of what is happening and, in doing so, she’ll attenuate the drama of her adventures with fun, imaginative, and often saucy thinking. At her side is Mike, a man who seems more accustomed than her to be the target of a killer team. Although they may appear two almost opposite people, in the course of this adventure Amelia and Mike will discover that they have something in common.

“Kindred Intentions” is now available as ebook on all major retailers at $4.99 (or corresponding amount in other currencies).
You can get your ebook copy now on: Amazon, Nook, Kobo, iTunes, Google Play, Smashwords, Scribd (also free for subscribers), Tolino (via your ereader or on Thalia), 24Symbols (free for subscribers), and more ebook retailers.
It is also available for libraries on OverDrive.

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Dayworld - Philip José Farmer

***** Brilliant dystopia of other times

I’m not wild about contemporary dystopian novels, but lately I started to appreciate this sub-genre of science fiction when it comes to books of a few decades ago, destined to become classics. The inevitable anachronism of certain elements of the plot gives “Dayworld” by Farmer a special charm and originality that I can hardly see in the most recent stories.
Specifically, one of the topics of this novel is suspended animation, which is described from a different angle than the usual one for which this technology is assumed to be used in the future: to deal with overpopulation. Since there are too many people in the world, it is decided to let them live only one day a week, reducing to one-seventh the number of active individuals on the planet. This crazy idea is the basis of the story of Jeff Caird, a “daybreaker”, i.e. a person who, instead of living one day per week, lives them all, by taking seven different identities. And here immediately a second brilliant element comes up: Caird changes his name, life, but also personality every day. Each of its seven versions is a distinct character, which is also obvious to the reader, and it’s even hard to him to “connect” with his other versions.
As if that was not enough to have a main character who lives on the brink of madness because of the presence of seven personalities in his head, Caird (and the others) is a rebel of the Dayworld system and he ends up rebelling against those who want to overthrow the system, too. And for this reason he risks to be killed, revealing that neither side is really “good”.
The structure of the book, in which the many facets of the protagonist are shown to you one after another, is a perfect mechanism, which still manages to engage the reader, despite the constant changes in point of view.
In addition, although more than thirty years have passed after the original publication of this novel, it holds well the passage of time. Anachronisms are not excessive and sometimes could also be seen as a natural regression.
There are amazing and exciting action scenes, totally unpredictable developments including the ending, which it is impossible to predict.
Overall it’s a really good book, the first in a trilogy that promises to be very enjoyable.

Dayworld on Amazon.

Teaching self-publishing at university, the Detective Shaw Trilogy and more

It’s a long while since the last time I wrote on this blog. I had been so busy lately that I was forced to give priority to the Italian market.

After publishing “Kindred Intentions” in English I had a very long May, in which I taught a class about self-publishing at the University of Insubria in Varese, in Northern Italy, that is very far from where I live. Actually I had to take a flight, a bus, a metro train and a train to get there from my city, Cagliari. I spent two separated weeks there, at the beginning and the end of the month, during which I ran a 16-hour course.
It was a great experience. I had the chance to teach what self-publishing really is to some students who had no much information about it. But, as you can imagine, the preparation for this job needed more time that the one used for the actual classes. I had been preparing it since January and when it finally ended I realised that I had fallen behind with everything else, also because in the meantime I was finalising the publication of the Italian edition of “Syndrome” (the sequel to “The Mentor”), which was published on 21 May (see the Italian cover of the book at the bottom of this article). Then its promotion followed, and therefore I found myself at the end of June and, now, at the middle of July.

But I haven’t forgotten my English books and my English-speaking readers.

Right now, I don’t know when I’m going to translate another book into English. I wished that the next one were “Syndrome”, given that “The Mentor” had so many readers (more than 165,000), but as you know, the latter was published by AmazonCrossing and, since they don’t appear interested to translate its sequel, at least at the moment, I decided to focus my efforts regarding the Detective Eric Shaw Trilogy on the Italian editions, so that I can have it completed by next May. Once I have the whole trilogy ready, I’ll decide whether I should self-publish book #2 (Syndrome) and book #3 (Beyond the Limit), unless I get an suitable offer from the publisher.
I must say that having no control of book #1 limits the chances to promote the other novels (which reminded me why I love to be a self-publisher!), but I could maybe bypass the problem by creating a book #0 and/or a book #1.5 (probably novellas), which would raise interest in the series in potential readers and even fill the gaps for those who haven’t read or doesn’t want to or even couldn’t (because they aren’t Kindle users) read book #1.
I don’t lack imagination, so I think I’ll find a way. The only thing that I lack at the moment is time, so I must focus on some priorities.

Anyway I have some news concerning my English books: Kindred Intentions” will be available on more retailers starting from 26 July!

I tried KDP Select for 90 days and I’m not satisfied.
Kindle Unlimited was a total disappointment. I didn’t get enough read pages to justify giving exclusivity to Amazon. Moreover this isn’t a long book; therefore the maximum amount I can earn from a full read copy is really small.
Paid promotions on Amazon website were useless and I wasn’t allowed to put advertising on Kindle devices because there are guns in the cover. This is really funny, given that “Kindred Intentions” is an action thriller! Apparently you can buy a gun whenever you want in USA, but you can’t see a gun pictured on a book cover in an ad on your ereader.
You can just laugh at this, can’t you?
Finally, I used Kindle Countdown Deals. They worked only because I had paid some third party services, but there was no long-term effect on the sales and couldn’t fully exploit them because the book wasn’t available outside of Amazon. The Kindle Countdown Deals are surely a convenient way to schedule a priced promotion, but 7 days out of 90 aren’t enough, and you can get the same effect if you have your book elsewhere, do a priced promotion there, and let Amazon adjust the price. So it can be fully replaced.

Once “Kindred Intentions” will be available everywhere, I’ll focus on finding new ways to promote it, before taking decisions on further translations.
Anyway there’s another book that I’d like to translate in the near future, i.e. “The Isle of Gaia” (original title: L’isola di Gaia). It is the second part in the Aurora Saga, which includes the “Red Desert” series as first part.
I’m currently editing part #3 in the saga in Italian; it is titled “Ophir”. And there will be two more novels in this series, which will keep me busy until 2020.
I promise all of them will be translated into English. I’ll be able to give you more details at the beginning of the New Year.

Moreover I’m actively seeking new opportunities for exploiting more rights from my books. I can’t be specific now, but I hope that, if some of them are successful, it’ll make a difference in the English market, too, and could speed up the translation of more books of mine.
I just have to keep working, but I also ask you to keep your fingers crossed for me.

And now, just stay tuned, because this blog is coming back to life. I’m going to publish more posts starting from next week. They’ll include book reviews, a series of articles related to forensic science in fiction, the locations of my books (some suggestions for your next holidays?), my favourite TV series and authors, and much more.

“Kindred Intentions” is out now: enjoy my new British thriller!

24 hours.
2 people.
1 target.

I’m happy to present my new thriller, “Kindred Intentions”, available on Amazon starting from today: http://smarturl.it/intentions

Amelia Jennings is a City of London Police office for just a week, when she is sent by Detective Monroe to play the mole at the law firm Goldberg & Associates. A few lawyers of this firm were murdered by a hired killer and the police think one of the clients is behind these crimes.
She is waiting to make the final job interview, when she meets a possible competitor, Mike Connor. Her only concern is that the man can get the job position in her place, nullifying the efforts of her team.
But just five minutes later the waiting room becomes the scene of a shooting. 

The story, all narrated from Amelia’s point of view, occurs before your eyes through her senses and thoughts. You see and hear what she sees and hears. And you only know what she knows, or at least the part that she reveals to you.
Amongst kidnappings, killings, car accidents, chases, shootings, explosions, we follow the protagonist in a 24-hour descent to hell, during which if she wants to survive she’ll have to understand who she can trust.

Characterised by self-irony and a fervid imagination, Amelia will try to discover what’s happening. Together with her is Mike, a man who appears to be more used to play the target of a killer squad.
But who’s Mike? What are his intentions? Are they the same as Amelia’s?

There’s only a way to find it out: read the book.

Kindred Intentions” is now available exclusively on Amazon, both as e-book and in paperback: http://smarturl.it/intentions
And if you are a Kindle Unlimited or Prime member, you can read it for free!

You can start reading it now (see on the right).

Here again the book description.

It was 10 a.m. when undercover agent Amelia Jennings arrived at the law firm Goldberg & Associates for a job interview. Her mission was to investigate a series of murders involving some well-known lawyers in the City. Her target, an elusive hired killer who had been of interest to the police for months.
But her plan is doomed to fall apart before it even starts.
In less than twenty-four hours Amelia will be the prey in a man hunt and her destiny will become entwined with Mike Connor’s.
Their intentions, apparently similar, may prove to be contrary, but the affinity binding them goes beyond what they think they know about each other.

Meet Amelia and Mike, and your life won’t be the same anymore.

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Please notice: like the RED DESERT series, and unlike THE MENTOR, this book was translated into British English.

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As Scotland Yard chief forensics detective Eric Shaw works a case with some resemblance to a crime he investigated twenty years earlier, he is convinced it is just a coincidence. But when more deaths occur in a style similar to those killings from the past, Shaw suspects that he has a serial killer on his hands—one who is pursuing a personal, cold-blooded vendetta.
Working closely with his protégée, Detective Miriam Leroux, Shaw analyzes the crimes down to the finest detail. He finds himself increasingly drawn to the lab, where criminologist Adele Pennington, a beautiful, enigmatic woman more than two decades his junior, proves distracting. Determined to maintain his professionalism despite the attraction, Shaw struggles to keep her at arm’s length. Yet Pennington’s unique insight proves critical, and as the investigation develops, so does their personal connection. With a killer on the loose, Shaw must follow a winding, blood-soaked trail that will take him in an unexpected and terrifying direction.

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24 hours. 2 people. 1 target.

It was
10 a.m. when undercover agent Amelia Jennings arrived at the law firm Goldberg & Associates for a job interview. Her mission was to investigate a series of murders involving some well-known lawyers in the City. Her target, an elusive hired killer who had been of interest to the police for months.
But her plan is doomed to fall apart before it even starts.
In less than twenty-four hours Amelia will be the prey in a man hunt and her destiny will become entwined with Mike Connor’s.
Their intentions, apparently similar, may prove to be opposite, but the affinity binding them goes beyond what they think they know about each other.

One day to survive. One day to let go of the past.

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Pre-order the new action thriller: “Kindred Intentions”

Imagine that you are a police officer, whose task is to work under cover in a law firm. You must observe, listen, and report.
But on the very day you should be hired, while you’re waiting for your final job interview, you find yourself in the middle of a shooting.

And it’ll be only the beginning of a crazy adventure, which will change your life.

This is what happens to Amelia Jennings, the main character of “Kindred Intentions”, my new action thriller set in London and surroundings. It also includes a romantic twist, some drama, and a bit irony. And yes, a lot of killed people.

Kindred Intentions” is now available for pre-order exclusively on Amazon: http://smarturl.it/intentions

You’ll get it directly on your Kindle on 26 April 2016.

Here is the book description.

It was 10 a.m. when undercover agent Amelia Jennings arrived at the law firm Goldberg & Associates for a job interview. Her mission was to investigate a series of murders involving some well-known lawyers in the City. Her target, an elusive hired killer who had been of interest to the police for months.
But her plan is doomed to fall apart before it even starts.
In less than twenty-four hours Amelia will be the prey in a man hunt and her destiny will become entwined with Mike Connor’s.
Their intentions, apparently similar, may prove to be contrary, but the affinity binding them goes beyond what they think they know about each other.

The paperback edition will follow very soon.
Also available for Kindle Unlimited members starting from the publication date.

Meet Amelia and Mike, and your life won’t be the same anymore.

Pre-order it on Amazon: http://smarturl.it/intentions