Gary Showalter’s novel ‘The Big Bend’ is listed as free for Kindle download today and tomorrow.
When Terry Rankin launches Rankin Personal Security Services in Orlando, Florida, it’s not his first fresh start. Not by a long shot. After serving as an investigator for the MPs in the U.S. Army, Rankin spent several years on the Pennsylvania State Police force before packing up and heading south. In Tampa, bad business decisions and a penchant for gambling—and losing, badly—sank Rankin’s security business and his marriage. Starting over in Orlando as a middle-aged divorcee certainly wasn’t easy, but he managed to redeem his reputation by choosing his clients carefully and doing whatever was necessary to get the job done.
So when Sheila Adamson comes to him for protection from her abusive husband, Rankin recognizes immediately that hers is not a situation he wants to meddle in. He turns her down, and moments later, when Mrs. Adamson climbs into her car to leave, a violent explosion blows her to bits and knocks down the wall of Rankin’s house. When he wakes in the hospital, his first accusation is pointed at her sleaze ball husband. But then he learns that her attorney, a man with whom he has clashed on a number of occasions, has also turned up dead, leading Rankin to suspect there’s more to this domestic dispute than meets the eye.
He teams up with Orlando cop Cathy Diamond for what quickly unfolds into a tense and exciting race for the truth through the streets of Orlando, the marshes of western Florida, and the labyrinthine waterways of the Everglades. Fans of contemporary murder mysteries are certain to take a shine to Rankin’s sardonic, hardboiled bodyguard-turned investigator, whose dogged pursuit of a calculating murderer makes for a riveting read.
Gary’s book is available today and tomorrow via http://www.amazon.com/The-Big-Bend-ebook/dp/B0035G0722 or http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Big-Bend-ebook/dp/B0035G0722.
Gary Showalter was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. He lived in Aruba, Florida and the Panama Canal Zone before joining the U.S. Army during the 1960s. Mr. Showalter has picked cotton in East Texas, baled hay in Ardmore Oklahoma, sold light bulbs in Los Angeles, California, and built cattle pens in Fallon, Nevada (during a blizzard, of course). After settling in Atlanta, Georgia, Mr. Showalter worked as a professional gardener before turning his hand to furniture making.
In 1981, he moved to Israel, married, and raised four children while working as a furniture maker, silversmith, goldsmith, and ornamental wood turner. He served in the Israel Defense Forces Reserves for sixteen years, and when not on active duty he worked in government and private security. He has also served in senior management positions in two software development companies in Israel.
Gary has published articles dealing with international terror and the Israel-Arab conflict in the Jerusalem Post, Israel national News and several political science web sites.
He returned to the United States in the fall of 2003. He published his first novel, “The Big Bend”, in the fall of 2008, his second novel, “Hog Valley”, in 2009, his third novel, “Twisted Key”, in 2010 and his fourth novel, “Lonesome Cove”, in 2011.
Mr. Showalter resides in Dunnellon, Florida, where he has just finished working on a non-fiction book on rose care http://www.amazon.com/A-Primer-on-Roses-ebook/dp/B00A45AVGY which he would welcome feedback on. He is a finalist for inclusion in a finalist for inclusion in the 3rd edition of “50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading”, which is published by www.TheAuthorsShow.com. His websites are www.garyshowalter.com and www.garyshowalter.wordpress.com.
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