LIVE AND DEADLY

Highest Lives by Gordon Brown @GoJaBrown @StridentPublish @AnneCater #HighestLives

Source: Review copy
Publication: 8 October 2019 from Strident Publishing
PP: 272
ISBN-13: 978-1910829387

In cities across North America people are dying in seemingly impossible ways. Is history s most outrageous serial killer on the loose? When LAPD Detective Sarah Tracy is secretly instructed to recruit Craig McIntyre to help her investigate the deaths, she is unaware that his mere presence can transform people s darkest thoughts into action. As Sarah and Craig hunt the murky underbelly of LA for the malevolent figure responsible for the bizarre deaths, they stumble upon the most expensive narcotic ever to hit the streets – a substance that promises something so unbelievable that users are willing to risk death to experience it. With government black ops agency head Senator Tampoline always lurking in the shadows, Craig is used to being hunted. Now he is the hunter. And thousands could die if he fails to track down the killer.

I am delighted to welcome Gordon Brown to my blog today and excited to share with you an exclusive extract from his new thriller, Highest Lives.

SHOES

(One year earlier)

The Man With Dead Eyes moves the gun in his hand from

vertical to horizontal.

Across the street, a young woman, pushing a crying baby

buried in a Silver Cross stroller, is trying to answer her cell

phone and steer at the same time. A young male, sitting on a

park bench, is munching on a sandwich from Subway, his last

meal – ever.

Three men, each manacled to the God of fashion, are ranged

across the sidewalk fifty yards behind the young woman with

the Silver Cross stroller. One is dressed in a white vest hiding

beneath a cream boating jacket underscored with lime pants.

His shoes are loafers from twenty years ago. Next to him, the

man with the longest hair is dressed as sharply as a bur from a

metal rod. His suit cost more than he can afford. His shirt cost

more than the suit and the tie cost more than both put together.

The third in the trio of fashionistas is sporting deceptive casual,

driven by dollar signs. His jeans, sweater, sneakers and leather

belt all display high-end designer labels. The three are on the

way to meet their partners. Had they a future, the resultant party

of four men and two women would boost the profit of a new

Nigerian fusion restaurant.

A police officer is located behind and to the left of The Man

With Dead Eyes. Had he stopped to pick up his usual morning

coffee from Zeta’s Café, he would be behind and to the right.

He would see the gun in the hand of The Man With Dead Eyes

and could take him down. But the police officer declined to visit

Zeta’s. A raging ulcer he refuses to deal with is a small volcano

in his gut this morning and drinking coffee is like pouring salt on

a severed leg joint. His fifteen-year service party, to be held this

Friday in Mulligan’s, will be flipped to a wake.

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Now does that not sound compelling? My thanks to Gordon Brown for the use of this extract.

Gordon has been writing since his teens and has six crime thrillers published – his latest, Deepest Wounds, being the third in the Craig McIntyre series, is out now.
Gordon helped found Bloody Scotland – Scotland’s International Crime Writing Festival and lives in Scotland. He’s married with two children. Gordon once quit his job in London to fly across the Atlantic to be with his future wife. He has also delivered pizzas in Toronto, sold non alcoholic beer in the Middle East, launched a creativity training business called Brain Juice and floated a high tech company on the London Stock Exchange.

He almost had a toy launched by a major toy company, has an MBA, loves music, is a DJ on local radio, compered the main stage at a two-day music festival and was once booed by 49,000 people while on the pitch at a major football Cup Final.

Want to know more – go to http://www.gordonjbrown.com/
Follow him on Twitter @GoJaBrown

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