The Wrong Kind
by Austin S. Camacho
A distraught woman hires private investigator Hannibal Jones to track down her daughter who has run away, trying to escape the homeless shelter life her mother has come to accept. When Hannibal finds Connie Blanco she is entwined in a gang war and somehow connected to a murder. The corpse is barely cold before a second murder follows and Hannibal finds himself entangled in a complex plot revolving around stolen drugs…but who is the mastermind of this twisted scheme?
As Chico’s foot hit the first step he noticed Sophia for the first time. Just as his eyes met hers, Hannibal’s right foot thumped into Chico’s chest, slamming him back into the man whose jacket said he was Dave. Then Hannibal leaped from the porch, smashing his right fist across Billy’s jaw. A side stamp dislocated Jimmy’s right knee. Dave swung past Chico and clipped Hannibal’s cheek. Sophia gasped at the flesh-on-flesh sound of the blow.
Hannibal blocked the follow-up punch and snapped two crisp jabs into Dave’s face, staggering him into the tree growing up out of the sidewalk. Chico tried to slip past Hannibal, still driving for the door.
“Not tonight,” Hannibal said through clenched teeth. Sophia didn’t think Chico ever even saw the three punches, left-left-right that put him on his back, barely conscious.
With no standing attackers, Hannibal stepped back up onto the porch. “That was fun, but now I’m running out of patience with you boys.” Hannibal reached inside his suit coat, under his right arm, and pulled out a pistol. He pointed its muzzle down at Chico’s face.
“There is nothing lower than a man who beats his woman, although anybody helping him is mighty close. I’d beat your asses some more, just for fun, but I don’t feel like answering questions at a hospital. Now, all of y’all, drag your sorry asses out of here. And if I ever hear you came back here, or if you tell anybody where this shelter is, I will hunt you down and end you.
- How long have you been a published author?
I’ve been a published author for 20 years. To be fair, that first novel was self-published but soon after I finished my second mystery both were picked up by a small press.
- Do you have any new releases coming soon?
I expect my next novel to hit bookstore shelves late in 2020. The title isn’t finalized yet but it will be a thriller, not a mystery, and it stars a woman named Skye, who is a professional assassin. Skye is hired to take down a criminal mastermind and it’s action all the way.
- If you could co-write with another author who would it be?
I would love to write a book with Jeffrey Deaver. I love the way he builds his characters, and every book is filled with twists and turns that I think my writing would fit well with. Not only do I think we could team up to write one hell of a good book, but I would learn so much in the process that I know the experience would raise my writing to a whole new level.
- Do you listen to music while writing? If yes, what songs are your favorites?
I have to have music to create good prose, but I’m not sure I have favorite songs. I tend to listen to a weird mix of classic rock and R &B, with other genres occasionally thrown in (but not country.) While I can’t settle on a song I can say that my favorite bands are Steely Dan and Aerosmith, for very different reasons.
- What genres do you write in?
I generally alternate between mystery novels and thrillers. The mysteries (like THE WRONG KIND) follow the adventures of Hannibal Jones, a Washington-based, African American private eye. Any of those novels will keep you guessing right to the end. I also write a series of international thrillers featuring ex-mercenary Morgan Stark and retired jewel thief Felicity O’Brien. I’ve also ventured into stand-alones like Beyond Blue and the hired assassin novel I mentioned above.
- If you could write anywhere in the world, where would it be?
It’s hard to imagine any place better suited to my writing than my own home office. It’s the right size and I control the environment and music. When I’m writing, the world outside the room I’m in doesn’t matter. So that office could be anywhere on earth, as long as the space inside those four walls was exactly as I like it.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Austin S. Camacho is the author of seven novels about Washington DC-based private eye Hannibal Jones, five in the Stark and O’Brien international adventure-thriller series, and the detective novel, Beyond Blue. His short stories have been featured in several anthologies including Dying in a Winter Wonderland – an Independent Mystery Booksellers Association Top Ten Bestseller for 2008. He is featured in the Edgar nominated African American Mystery Writers: A Historical and Thematic Study by Frankie Y. Bailey. Camacho is also editorial director for Intrigue Publishing, a Maryland small press.
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