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September 2021 Book of the Month

THE HARRY STARKE THRILLER SERIES

BY BLAIR HOWARD

“For an ex-cop turned private investigator I’ve carved out a pretty nice life for myself. Yes, life is good, but that doesn’t stop me from seeking closure and justice for victims of the darker side of Chattanooga. Some would call me reckless. But I’m just doing it my way, and it works. These then are my stories.”  — HARRY STARKE

*  HARRY STARKE

BOOK 1: It was on a wild December night in 2015, close to midnight, when I found myself on the Walnut Street Bridge.

Moments later I was staring down into the terrified eyes of a young woman—just seconds before she slipped through my fingers and fell to her death. Who was she? Why did she kill herself? The look on that girl’s face will haunt me for the rest of my days. I had to find the answers…

 

*  TWO FOR THE MONEY

BOOK 2:  A Late-Night Phone Call. A Voice from the past. An Apparent Suicide.

The phone call came on a Tuesday evening in the middle of August. Harry Starke hadn’t heard from his old school friend in almost five years, and he hadn’t thought about him in almost as long. Tom Sattler wanted to meet, and it wouldn’t wait until morning. But when Harry arrived at Sattler’s home less than an hour later, he found him lying in a pool of blood with a single gunshot wound to his head and .22 revolver lying close to his hand.

Was it suicide, or was Tom Sattler murdered? If so, by whom and why?

The search for answers plunges Harry into a far-reaching investigation that involves murder, corruption, organized crime, and duplicity. As always, there’s a twist in the tail.

 

*  HILL HOUSE

BOOK 3: For More Than Ten Years She Lay Beneath the Floorboards of Hill House.

For more than ten years, she waited. Who was she? Who put her there? Why?

Harry Starke vows to find the answers to those questions, but how? The trail has gone cold and Hill House is a desolate ruin with many secrets.

To find the answers Harry must embark upon an investigation that will put him and those close to him in deadly danger, take him to the lost and long-forgotten streets under the city, deep into the Dark Web where he comes face to face with murder, organized crime, prostitution, and human trafficking.

One by one, he peels back the layers, and with each one, he sinks a little deeper into the morass, the seamy underbelly of a world few know of, and even fewer want to be a part of. Hill House has many doors. None of them lead anywhere but into darkness and despair.

 

*  CHECKMATE

BOOK 4: They found Angela Hartwell lying in the shallow waters beside the golf course. There was not a mark on her, yet she was dead, strangled. How could that be?

Once again, it’s up to Harry Starke to find out. The investigation takes him into a world he’s very familiar with, a world of affluence, privilege and… corruption.

To solve the mystery, he must deal with three murders, a beautiful used car dealer, her lovely twin sisters, and a crooked banker. Not to mention Burke and Hare, two crazy repo men who will stop at nothing to protect their employer’s interests. There’s also the matter of an ingenious, sadistic killer.

But nothing is ever quite what it seems….

Harry Starke is now a Sixteen-Book Series!
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