In this prequel to the exciting Max Blake Mystery books, Emerald Ridge and Melia Ridge, a mild-mannered college professor becomes an unlikely candidate to hunt down the killer of the town’s richest man and his movie star paramour. But as things progress, it quickly becomes apparent that every attractive woman on the West Coast has become a maniac’s idea of the most dangerous game.
Called in because of a chance encounter years before, Max Blake, a former newspaper reporter-turned-professor and part-time private detective, is forced to form unusual and sometimes dodgy alliances as he investigates the vicious killings with the city’s police chief. The alliance is even more complicated because of a past history between Max and the chief, and the fact that the leading candidates for the murders are members of the city’s police force.
The trail winds through the incredible mansion called Raptor’s Ridge, down the streets and alleyways of Oregon’s state capitol, and spills into the state’s beautiful but deadly High Desert near the town of John Day.
When the killer is cornered and violence explodes in unexpected ways, Max must use all of his wits and daring, plus a little bit of luck, to remain alive during a deadly night of terror … and eventual reckoning.
About The Author:
William Florence is the author of the Max Blake Mystery series now being brought to you by WildBlue Press. A former award-winning reporter, editor, and college professor, he worked at newspapers in Michigan, Washington, D.C., South Dakota, Indiana, and Oregon for 25 years and for 22 years as journalism and writing instructor at a community college. He attended colleges in Michigan and Ireland. He is a voracious reader and movie aficionado. He is married and has two adult children. His wife, Linda, is his toughest critic and his best friend.