Flight of the Tarantula Hawk
by Michael Allan Scott
on Tour at Partners In Crime Virtual Book Tours in September 2014
Genre: Mystery / Thriller with a Paranormal Twist
Published by: Telemachus Press
Publication Date: 02/10/2014
Number of Pages: ~350
ISBN: 978-1-940745-00-8 / 978-1-940745-01-5
Series:2nd Lance Underphal Mystery, Can Be Read As a Stand Alone Novel
Warning: This book is not for everyone! It includes Excessive strong language, Graphic violence, & Explicit sexual scenes.
Realtor Carla Simon has her first showing in nearly eighteen months. Recovering from a nervous breakdown, she arrives at the bank-owned foreclosure well ahead of her prospect. When her buyer pins her against the wall, it turns out to be the last house she’ll ever show.
Working on rebuilding his life, Lance Underphal attempts to bury his psychic curse alongside his troubled past. But when cryptic nightmares begin to plague him, he comes to know his struggles with the supernatural are far from over.
Lacking evidence, Homicide Detective Frank Salmon drags the reluctant psychic into the investigation. Underphal clues him in—this psycho is just getting started. Salmon assembles his crew and digs in.
Jack Jacobs, a PI and a shipmate of Salmon’s, fields a call from his girlfriend’s frantic daughter. She recruits him to locate her missing husband. Finding the husband’s Accord parked outside a long-vacant house, Jack senses he’s out of his league and calls Salmon.
Salmon’s manhunt ratchets up as Underphal’s predictions come to pass. Salmon, Jacobs and Underphal soon join forces, driven to stop the killings—a monumental task. And it’s not long before they disagree, each tracking their own suspect. All are led astray. A wild ride full of twists and turns, from a Goth-fest gone wrong to a shiny new morgue, they grapple with demons real and imagined.
As Lance’s dead wife Sonja whispers words of warning, he comes face to face with the murderer fresh from a kill. It’s only then he discovers it’s the murderer who’s stalking him. Lance wrestles with grim choices: Give up the chase and abandon his friends, or immerse himself in the killer’s dark past and risk annihilation. Lance’s only shot at redemption—face the horror and reveal its source.
Read an excerpt:
Q&A with Author
Writing and Reading:
Do you draw from personal experiences and/or current events?
Yes, I draw on both. The Lance Underphal mysteries are loosely based on real life experiences over a backdrop of current events extrapolated into a fictional reality.
Do you start with the conclusion and plot in reverse or start from the beginning and see where the story line brings you?
I start with an incident as an idea and throw together the basic plot and characters in the form of cryptic notes. I liken my process to my days as a jazz drummer—improvisation on a theme.
Your routine when writing?
I have to schedule my writing time. Otherwise, I’d never get to write.
Not so much, but I DO love to set the mood with music. The right piece of music is always a source of inspiration.
Is writing your full time job?
Yes. But so is book marketing and book publishing. Guess I’m the head cook and bottle washer of this outfit.
If not, may I ask what you do by day?
Additionally, I own and operate a commercial real estate company.
Who are some of your favorite authors?
I have a ton of favorites. Poe, HP Lovecraft, Asimov, Frank Herbert, Huxley, Heinlein are a few of the classic masters I love. When it comes to contemporary mystery, James Lee Burke and Michael Connelly are two of my faves.
What are you reading now?
Most of my reading these days is research for writing. However, here’s a few I’m reading now, mostly for fun: Creole Belle, by James Lee Burke; The Automatic Detective, by A. Lee Martinez; The Deep Blue Good-By, by John D. MacDonald; and Poe, by J. Lincoln Fenn.
Are you working on your next novel?
Two, actually. The 3rd in the series, Grey Daze, is with my editor now, and I’m nearly twenty thousand words into Operation: Cut-Throat, which will be the 4th Lance Underphal Mystery.
Can you tell us a little about it?
There are now three Grey Daze excerpts posted in my blog – http://michaelallanscott.com/blog/.
Operation: Cut-Throat adds elements of black-hat hacking, terrorism and international intrigue to the core elements of my paranormal murder mysteries. I can’t wait to see the ending, ha!
Your novel will be a movie. Who would you cast?
In addition to Jack Nicholson or John Travolta as Lance Underphal, I’d cast Dwayne Johnson as Jake Jacobs.
Manuscript/Notes: handwritten or keyboard?
Keyboard, only. At sixty-four years of age, I don’t have enough time left to hand write anything.
Favorite leisure activity/hobby?
Leisure? What the hell is that? I spend my time creating . . .words and pictures—my joys.
Let me eat cake! CHOCOLATE cake! Yeah, baby! That’s what I’m talkin’ about!
Flight of the Tarantula Hawk – Book Trailer:
Born and raised at the edge of the high desert in Kingman, Arizona, Michael Allan Scott resides in Scottsdale with his wife, Cynthia and their hundred-pound Doberman, Otto. In addition to writing mysteries and speculative fiction, his interests include music, photography, art, scuba diving and auto racing.