by Cliff Protzman
on Tour April 1-30, 2018
Dead Air signals trouble at the radio station.
Glenn Beckert discovers his high school best friend is shot in the head while on the air. Beck, the owner of Blue Water Security, is employed to provide security for the station.
He becomes willingly embroiled in the investigation by the not-so-innocent widow. The list of potential suspects is long, gleaned from the numerous extramarital affairs of the victim and widow. The pending sale of the radio station has created friction between his now dead friend, Richie Zito and the major stockholders. Motives for murder becomes increasingly murky after the search reveals an encrypted file on Zito's laptop.
Beck enlists the help of a friend from college, Irene Schade, to break the code, revealing a money laundering network leading to the financial and political powers of his beloved city of Pittsburgh. Their collaboration ignites the flames of passion each had considered extinguished.
A former college teammate, police Lieutenant Paglironi delivers a message to back off. Arrogantly, he ignores his friend’s advice. The threats from less friendly sources are more ominous, forcing Beck to move in an unfamiliar world. A startling revelation from his client forces Beck to deal with his inner conviction of right and wrong, challenging the gray areas of his ethical principles. Betraying his client's confidence could expose the killer. The alternative is to confront the suspect and take matters into his own hands. Either way his life is in jeopardy.
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, SuspensePublished by: IndiePublication Date: October 2017Number of Pages: 308ISBN: 1545607141 (ISBN13: 9781545607145)
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A fast paced crime mystery dealing with deception and dark subject matters.
Like the author, our hero, Glenn Beckert, or Beck, had been involved in banking. He also thought about a future in baseball. But his career is now as a P.I. after several life disappointments and a general distrust of, and perhaps a dislike for, most people.
If you have any knowledge of broadcast media, specifically radio, you know that when an on-air personality needs to take a break, for whatever reason, they play a longer song or set of music or commercials. The trouble came when this song ended and nothing followed.
There is nothing worse than Dead Air. Well, possibly murder.
Beck's security firm was not only responsible for the safety of the radio station, the murdered man, one of the owners, was a close friend of Beck's. He is going to find out who did this, no matter those who stand in his way. The deeper Beck digs, the more complicated this mystery becomes.
What is the true motive behind Richie Zito's death?
Beck is not the only one who doesn't know who to trust. He calls upon his one time love interest to help him dig into financial clues. What she uncovers puts them even more in danger, and more focused upon by whoever doesn't want their plans disrupted. This case and the cover-up goes deep.
The characters are well defined and the settings are extensively described. At times there is perhaps too much description. The author makes sure to refresh our memory several times along the way to be sure we did not miss important clues. Although this may be considered "wrapped up" at the finale, as in real life, we understand this is not the end.
Cliff was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA. Cliff's family relocated to Northeast Ohio when he was in high school. Immediately after graduation he returned to his hometown to attend the University of Pittsburgh. Cliff planned to major in journalism and write the great American novel. Instead, he switched to Business Administration and began a 30-year career in accounting and finance.
Cliff rekindled his passion for writing acquired as a reporter for his school newspaper. He published his first novel, DEAD AIR: a Glenn Beckert Mystery in September 2017. Cliff also writes short stories. He was a winner in the Unfinished Chapters anthology in 2015. Cliff is a member of the Mystery Writers of America and Pennwriters.