Author: James L. Weaver
Print Length: 388 pages
Publisher: Lakewater Press
Genre: General Fiction (Adult), Mystery & Thrillers
Publication Date: September 25, 2018
With his wedding day fast approaching and his PI boss heading out of town, ex-mob enforcer Jake Caldwell decides to take one more job before a much needed vacation. But in a matter of days, his client is assassinated and her six-year-old son kidnapped.
With just a few clues, Jake calls on old friends to help track down the person responsible. Only this time his fiancée Maggie, desperate for Jake to leave his violent history behind, can’t guarantee she’ll be there when, or if, he comes home.
But Jake can’t turn his back on those who need him. It’s in his blood.
A perilous plot of lies and secrets unfolds, and Jake encounters criminals more brutal than ever. And when a threat to thousands of innocent lives is uncovered, Jake once again dives back into his past, requesting favors from some unexpected and unsavory contacts.
Jake needs to stay one step ahead of the bad guys if he’s to have any future at all.
The third book in the award-winning JAKE CALDWELL series is an intense, complex, and frantic race against time. Weaver has done it again in this raw and riveting read set in the Ozarks.
“I’ll tell you exactly what cards you and kid poker have. If I’m right, you let me buy you a drink and we talk. If I’m wrong, I’m out of here and I won’t bother you again.”
Keats studied the board while the other players at the table waited with anticipation. “Fine. I fold. Make your call.”
Jake took another peek at the cards on the board and played what little he’d seen of the hand through his head. Keats acted first before the flop and probably raised first, which meant he held decent cards. But, he didn’t like the connected and double suited board. The kid oozed confidence despite how much he tried to hide it.
“You have king queen suited, but not spades,” Jake said to Keats. “The kid has a set of jacks and raised in case you were on a flush or straight draw.”
Keats looked to the other end of the table. “What’d you have, kid?”
“You gotta pay to see ’em, man.” The kid was clueless as to the identity of the man asking the question. Several of the table patrons cringed.
Jake held twenty dollars in chips, dangling them above the pile. The kid’s head bobbed in agreement, Jake dropped the chips and the kid flipped up two jacks. Keats grunted and turned over a king and queen of clubs.
“Damn. Wish I knew how you did that.” Keats told the dealer he’d be back and led the duo outside the poker room. He made his way to an empty table in the corner of the bar while Jake fetched Keats two fingers of their best Scotch and a beer for himself.
About the Author
James L Weaver is the Kansas City author of the Jake Caldwell series featuring IAN Thriller of the Year finalist Poor Boy Road, and the IAN Thriller of the Year finalist and New Apple Official Selection sequel Ares Road from Lakewater Press. He makes his home in Olathe, Kansas with his wife of 20 years and two children. His previous publishing credits include a six-part story called “The Nuts” and his 5-star rated debut novel Jack & Diane which is available on Amazon.com. Author note: a handful of the raters are actually not related to him.
His limited free time is spent writing into the wee hours of the morning, playing parental taxi cab to his kids’ sporting endeavors, and binge-watching Netflix and Amazon Prime