Renee began the Throwback Thursday meme on her blog, “It’s Book Talk“ to share some of her old favorites as well as sharing books published over a year ago. Sounded like a good reason to join! My TT posts will not come from current ARCs or new releases. Means I’ll be going back over some of my oldies but goodies, my favorite authors, and some of my favorite stories from authors you might not have previously experienced. Hopefully, you’ll find either a story or author that interests you and you’ll check them out.
This week I am highlighting William F. Brown, another terrific, prolific author who has produced the Bob Burke series (Burke’s War), an Eddie Barnett FBI Counter-Terror Thriller (Aim True, My Brothers), and Ed Scanlon Cold War Spy Thriller (Winner Lose All), all of which were reviewed on Goodreads and noted below, as well as the one featured first, The Undertaker: Pete and Sandy Murder Mystery. He has actually written nine suspense novels released as eBooks and five as audio books on Audible. Half were published by St. Martins, Beaufort Books, and Harlequin Gold Eagle as well as foreign editions. He consistently runs approximately 4.5 stars for any of his books sold on Amazon. His books run full-tilt and keep the suspense going–no dull moments!
Originally posted June 14, 2017
Book Blurb: Someone with a scalpel and embalming table is planting bodies under other people’s names. Pete Talbott, a harried Boston computer wonk, is still grieving over the death of his wife, when he finds himself at the wrong end of Gino Parini’s .45 reading his own obituary torn from the morning newspaper. Talbott figures it’s all a big mistake, until Parini shows him his wife’s obituary too; and that’s a mystery that Pete Talbott can’t leave alone. Sandy Kasmarek is a kick-ass art gallery attendant on Chicago’s stylish North Michigan Avenue, and her late and un-lamented husband is also featured in another of the bogus obituaries. With a photographer’s sharp eye and the quick feet of a black belt, she and Pete are soon embroiled in government corruption, organized crime, and an FBI undercover shell game. From a funeral home in Indiana, to car chases on the Dan Ryan Expressway, a bloody townhouse in Boston’s Back Bay, snipers in New York’s Washington Square, the cramped lower bunk on an AMTRAK train, they find themselves knee-deep in sleazy lawyers, corrupt County sheriffs, the FBI, and Mafia hit men. And if Pete and Sandy can’t stop him, they know they will be next on the Undertaker’s list.
The Undertaker starts a new series featuring Peter Talbot and Sandy, the latter of whom manages to overcome Peter’s year long grieving process for his late wife, Terri. Terri died of cancer and it has all but killed Peter as well, turning him into a robot, going through life mechanically–unemotionally.
Gino Parini is the first to shake up his life by showing him an obituary of himself, supposedly dying in an auto accident. Who cares…it’s not him…but then, Gino also shows him an obituary of his wife dying in the same accident and both due to be buried in Columbus, Ohio. And that does it! No way will he stand for that–so off he goes to get to the bottom of it, and this naive, aeronautical software engineer morphes into a reluctant, but almost street-smart 007…See my full blog review here.
Winner Lose All
“I thoroughly enjoyed this thriller taking place near the end of the war, when I’m sure it was true that no one wanted to be on the casualty list that close to going home. Ed Scanlon is not exactly hero material, but is thrust into the role of espionage agent in Leipzig where he meets Communist cell resistance leader, Hanni Steiner. Theirs is an impossible relationship, but seals shortly before he is captured and tortured by the local Gestapo chief… This book reflects on just how events laid down our future–and it does seem that close…” See my full Goodreads review here.
Aim True, My Brothers
“Aim True, My Brothers gets a little too close for comfort! Another in an electric and topical series by William F. Brown, he knows how to get your attention and keep it riveted to the page. This political slash espionage slash terrorist thriller moves the plot through at a frenetic pace…” See my full Goodreads review here.
“Having read and enjoyed Winner Lose All by William F. Brown, I was certainly prepared to enjoy Burke’s War. First, it was necessary to suspend disbelief to think that a passenger on a jet landing into O’Hare in Chicago could not only see a murder taking place on the roof of a building, but look into and lock eyes with both the murderer and the victim…” See my full Goodreads review here.
About the Author: William F Brown is a native of Chicago, receiving undergraduate as well as graduate degrees from the University of Illinois. He served as a company commander in the U.S. Army. He traveled extensively as the VP of a real estate subsidiary of a Fortune 500 corporation. William is a landscape artist as well as author having written nine suspense novels, stand alone as well as series.
More Throwback Thursday Blogs
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Jill at Jill’s Book Cafe
Rebecca at The Book Whisperer
Lynn at Fictionophile
Sam at Clues and Reviews
Holly B at Dressedtoread
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