From the award-winning literary criminologist and bestselling crime novelist R. Barri Flowers, author of the acclaimed Dean Drake hardboiled mystery, Dead in the Rose City, comes the much-anticipated sequel, Alive in the Rose City.
Dean Jeremy Drake, a six-five Jamaican-Italian American private eye, nicknamed D.J., is once again up to his neck in danger, deception, and murder, as he works three different cases in Portland, Oregon, in the mid-1990s.
The former Police Bureau homicide detective reluctantly agrees to be the bodyguard for a gorgeous lady named Bailey Carlyle, who claims to be on the run from her abusive boyfriend. When the boyfriend turns up dead and is identified as running a high-end call girl operation, the authorities point the finger at Bailey as a leading suspect in his murder, labeling as a jealous and vindictive prostitute. As he is seemingly her alibi, Drake works to prove Bailey’s innocence or guilt, possibly to his own detriment.
He also looks into the alleged suicide of former gang member, Liam Henriquez, on behalf of his grief-stricken grandmother, who insists he would never have taken his own life. The police think otherwise, attributing the death to pressures from competing gangs.
Lastly, Drake searches for a missing coed, Olivia McNamara, presumed dead by the police after disappearing without a trace more than a month ago. Only her father believes she is still alive and hires Drake to try and prove it.
Packing a .40 caliber Glock, along with sharp detective skills, raw nerve, and gut instincts, Drake follows the clues wherever they may lead with a never quit attitude, in spite of the obstacles and peril that he faces, the closer he gets to solving the cases.
For fans of Dead in the Rose City, PI Dean Drake will be equally entertaining and in character in Alive in the Rose City.
Bonus material includes a complete mystery thriller short story, “The Wrong End of a Gun,” by R. Barri Flowers, and excerpts from the author’s bestselling mystery and thriller novels, Dead in Kihei, Deadly Defense, Killer in the Woods, and Justice Served.
"An interesting blend of classic film noir and rough, modern black cinema…. Quick action and tight dialogue make it a jolting thriller, but it's also got the psychological tightness of a good mystery puzzle." -- Robert A. Sloan, mystery author on Dead in the Rose City
"Murder on Kaanapali Beach is among the best of his tales. This one deserves to be at the top of your must read list." — John Lutz, Edgar winning, bestselling mystery author
"A fine procedural along with appealing characters and great local color." — Bill Crider, Edgar winner and crime writer on Murder on Kaanapali Beach
"A masterful thriller set in the dark underbelly of Maui, with lots of fine action, down and dirty characters, and the vivid details of police procedure. A terrific read!" — Douglas Preston, bestselling author on Murder in Maui
"R. Barri Flowers writes with the passion and knowledge of someone who truly knows his craft. A steamy, non-stop thrill-ride through the seamy underbelly of Hawaii." — Allison Leotta, former federal prosecutor and author on Murder in Maui
"An exquisitely rich and masterfully constructed mystery... A savvy, smooth, and sumptuous read that's as hot as Waikiki beach sand." — Jon Land, bestselling author on Murder in Honolulu
"Infidelity and murder in paradise lead to a one of a kind case for PI Skye McKenzie Delaney, and an enjoyable ride for the reader. Definitely put this one on your list." — John Lutz, Edgar winner and bestselling author on Murder in Honolulu
"Murder in Honolulu, is a gripping tale of crime and investigation, set in a vivid, gritty island underworld. It is filled with excitement, a sense of place, and memorable characters. Highly recommended!" — Douglas Preston, New York Times bestselling author
“State’s Evidence is a mixture of murder, mystery, madness and mayhem. The story was well-written and believable, and at times erotic. Flowers inflicted the characters with human flaws, among them the desire for love and revenge.” -- RAWSISTAZ Reviewers
“An A+ suspense/mystery with a touch of heartfelt romance.... Is not just simply compelling, it also activates reader’s consciousness.... Powerful legal suspense is riveting.” -- Fresh Fiction on Justice Served
“Justice Served is a model of crime fiction .... Flowers may be a new voice in modern mystery writing, but he is already one of its best voices.” -- Statesman Journal
“A story that keeps you on the edge of your seat .... A page turning story I couldn’t put down.” -- Romance Junkies on Persuasive Evidence
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