By Tom Ellis
Mystery & Detective / Police Procedural
When the CEO of a local casino is fished out of a lake by former police officer Andy Burns, it sours his otherwise peaceful retirement. Something about the murder weapon, a custom-made knife jutting inches above the late CEO’s silk tie, sticks in Andy’s mind. He’s seen this blade before and Andy is not happy about the implications his admission will mean for an old friend.
Sergeant Jolene Hadfield is assigned the case, and despite rampant racism, sexism and nasty inept department politics that hamper her investigation, she comes to suspect an unlikely motive for revenge may be the reason for the murder. Her boss on the other hand, insists she button the case up, and pin the whole thing on a too convenient suspect—compelling evidence to the contrary or not. For Hadfield solving the crime might become secondary to keeping her job.
Burns and Hadfield are back !
When the horse of rancher Lyon Hamilton arrives at a neighboring ranch riderless, everyone fears the worst. Hamilton practically lives in the saddle, often surveying his family’s huge tracts of land in the San Rafael Valley near Patagonia, Arizona astride his stallion. To unseat such a seasoned rider, something needed to go terribly wrong.
When local law enforcement fail to find Hamilton or a believable reason for his disappearance, Hamilton’s sister hires Jolene Hadfield, a retired police chief, to look into the mystery. Jolene and romantic partner, Andy Burns are soon on their way to the remote Hamilton family ranch, a spread that sits close to the Arizona-Mexico border.
Unknown to Hadfield and Burns, FBI Agent Ron Kroll has also arrived in Arizona. Kroll is going deep undercover to infiltrate a criminal group suspected of smuggling narcotics and human trafficking from Mexico along the same remote section of borderland as the Hamilton’s ranch. The smuggling group is headed by a disgraced ex-agent, so Kroll and the Bureau’s interest in this case is more than professional—it’s about settling the score with one of their own that has gone bad.
An all new Burns and Hadfield novel
A killer is stalking southern Alabama, and the body count is starting to mount. A series of racially-motivated shootings has left several dead…including Andy Burns’ and Jolene Hadfield’s groundskeeper. All the victims were killed with a .30 caliber carbine round, which may mean the killer is a leaving a message for the authorities, but what is it?
In the meantime, Jolene finds out about some departmental shenanigans at her police academy. Three women cadets have had their firearms altered to mess up their chances of ever qualifying on the shooting range. Jolene takes them under her wing to insure they get a second chance at qualification. With Andy’s help in the form of Burns Built pistols, the women move to the Burns’s ranch and receive the proper training the good old boys at the academy had denied to them. As the women move on to active duty, one will face a life-altering decision.
The fast-paced followup to San Rafael Jacked, featuring retired cops Andy Burns and Jolene Hadfield.