Tuesday, October 18, 2011
A Sid Chance Thriller - The Good the Bad and the Murderous
My friend Chester Campbell’s second Sid Chance thriller, The Good, The Bad and The Murderous, finds his protagonist Sid Lanier Chance, taking on one of his toughest cases. A young black man just out of prison after serving thirteen years for a murder he committed at age twelve is charged with a new homicide. Detectives say they have evidence that proves his guilt. His grandmother hires Sid to prove they’re wrong.
Jaz LeMieux, board chair of a large truck stop chain whose curious background includes champion woman boxer, Air Force Security Policewoman, and Metro Nashville cop, assists Sid in the investigation. They turn up evidence of Medicare fraud, drug dealing, and police corruption. In the process, Jaz faces police retaliation and a hired gun appears to have Sid in his sights.
A little backstory for those not familiar with Campbell’s work: After serving with Army Special Forces in Vietnam, Sidney Chance put in nineteen years as a National Park Service ranger. That career tragically ended when marijuana growers using a remote section of a national park nearly killed him. He worked as police chief in a small town not far from Nashville for ten years until an unsavory sheriff falsely charged him with bribing a drug dealer. Disillusioned, he holed up in a cabin in the woods until a former cop turned wealthy businesswoman coaxed him home to Nashville and into the PI business.
The Surest Poison, the first Sid Chance mystery, won the Silver Falchion Award at the 2009 Killer Nashville conference.
Campbell is the author of five Greg McKenzie mysteries.
For more information, go to http://www.chesterdcampbell.com.
The book is available in trade paperback and for the Kindle at http://www.amazon.com/dp/0984604448. It's also at http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/79094 for various formats.