Hello from Heart Beat Books!
Ambition can be murder in SILHOUETTE, a new release I'm excited to announce that may be the start of a series.
Newly-widowed single father Ben Harper is a small-town prosecutor investigating a murder in his rural Louisiana parish.
All the evidence points to nearby New Orleans, where Ben's former mentor, charismatic Black mayor Jarman Martrell, is in the political fight of his career.
Armed with an ambitious plan to transform the city, Martrell faces challenges on all sides: a cagey opponent who's expert at playing voters' emotions; high-powered donors and handlers with hidden agendas; an impatient lover; a suspicious wife; and a racially-explosive secret that looks like a motive for murder.
With a deadly adversary beckoning, Ben must uncover a terrible truth before more people die on the altar of ambition.
What early readers have said:
"A fascinating read, clear and suspenseful, all the way until the end. Keeps the reader guessing and turning the page. This is a complex tale with lots of characters."
"The author does a wonderful job expressing the intricacies and nuances of race in America."
"Ben Harper is smart, anchored, educated, and cares about his people."
"I was very pulled in by the writing, culture, setting, and characters. The prose works to help the pacing move along in a very commercial way, but has a literary feel about it."
"Martin explores character, history, race, and politics. I loved learning about the post-Katrina political landscape. Really, really good!"
"Loved the writing. It's streamlined and economical, but still has a lot of texture and layering."
Silhouette is FREE in Kindle Unlimited, $3.99 otherwise, and will be out in paperback soon. Pick up your copy at Amazon:
Silhouette: A Ben Harper Mystery. FREE in Kindle Unlimited.