Welcome to my stop for OCEAN PARK by Michael Walsh. Michael will be awarding a $25 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Follow the tour here: http://goddessfishpromotions.blogspot.com/2015/10/excerpt-tour-ocean-park-by-michael-walsh.html
GENRE: Mystery, with minor romance
All Detective Matt Conley ever wanted was to raise a family in Ocean Park with his stunning and ambitious wife Lisa. When a corpse is found in his church, Matt begins a journey that reveals corruption and decay in his city and deceit in his marriage. As he searches for the murderer of a local businessman, a gang war erupts for control of the city’s drug trade, and the body count rises. With his reluctant new partner, Detective Lloyd Kendricks, Matt weaves his way through the puzzling connections between street gangs, politicians, bikers, and a private kink club.
Will their unlikely alliance be enough to return Matt’s beloved hometown to its halcyon days? And will he find the faith he needs to rebuild his crumbling marriage?
Sheila Thompson nuzzled the side of Conley’s neck, her warm breath caressing him. He raised his chin to savor the smoothness. Her soft hair fell across his face. He closed his eyes in mock rapture. After all, they were . . .
He slid his hand down her supple back and let it rest on the rise of her hips. She was graceful as a ballerina, swaying as she ground against him. Hard to believe they were . . .
Their disguises—she’d dyed her hair red and he’d grown a goatee—made him feel like they were strangers who’d just met, even on this third night posing as a couple hunting for the Paladin, the sex club that had threatened Victor Rodriguez. Third night—a Monday—trolling the sleaziest Boston couples bars they could find. Other couples danced toward them, spinning and drifting away like saucers in a teacup ride. The mirrored ball in Misty’s Tavern painted them with colored light.
The music stopped. They walked away from the dance floor and sat at a small table to wait for new couples. New propositions. She swirled merlot in her glass and watched the red tears run down the inside.
Thompson had a lot in common with Conley’s wife Lisa. Women of resolve, both of them used to getting their way.
So very determined.
Lisa and Sheila Thompson—the same.
But Lisa was all about career and Thompson would go to the wall for an abandoned little girl she barely knew.
So very different.
When it came to warfare, Lisa was the German army—and Sheila Thompson the Russian winter.
The gauntlet began.
Big Hair made the first run. Her mate trailed behind, a young dude with a jet-black mullet.
“Hey, you guys are new,” she said and thrust her breasts so far forward her halter top became transparent. She placed a hand on the back of Thompson’s chair.
“Only to you.” Thompson smiled, covering the hand with her own.
“Looking to party?” Mullet said in a voice so low Conley felt it in his chest.
“Sure,” Thompson said. “Let’s head for the Paladin.”
“Never heard of it,” the woman murmured and massaged Thompson’s arm and shoulders. “How’s a hot tub sound?”
“You know what?” Thompson said, shrugging the hand away. “We’re not interested after all.”
Cold wind howling across the Siberian tundra, so powerful it drives powdered snow back toward the sky.
Who would have guessed?
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Michael Walsh attended Boston University, where he became a staffer for the Daily Free Press and earned a degree in journalism. His first professional job was at a public relations and advertising firm, writing press releases that appeared in the Boston Globe, Boston Herald, and New England Journal of Engineering. He later became a technical writer, writing and editing jet engine manuals for General Electric Aircraft Engines. GE relocated him to Cincinnati and Florida, where he currently resides. He’s written and studied fiction for years at BU, the University of Cincinnati, and now Jacksonville, where he won the First Coast Writers Festival short story contest and had work published in the UK’s Twisted Tongue and Askew Reviews. He’s an active member of the Bard Society, Florida’s longest-running writers’ workshop.
His five novels and dozens of short stories, most of them richly-layered mysteries, take place in New England. Mike and his wife Jean live in Florida with their three sons.
Amazon link to Ocean Park – Ocean Park (The Ocean Park Series Book 1)
Barnes and Noble link to Ocean Park – http://bit.ly/1KmExbw