by Blair Denholm
July 1-31, 2021 Tour
Violent crimes. Missing people. Dark secrets. Only one driven detective can unearth the truth.
Detective Sergeant Jack Lisbon travelled halfway round the world to escape his troubled past. Mutilated bodies were never part of the plan.
A body found in the mangroves at first appears to be evidence of a frenzied crocodile attack. But it soon becomes obvious this is a horrific murder.
And when a popular MMA fighter disappears, police now face a possible double homicide. The list of suspects grows longer, but no one in the closed fighting community is talking.
Can hard-nosed ex-boxer Detective Sergeant Jack Lisbon solve the mystery before the panicked town of Yorkville goes into total meltdown?
Join DS Lisbon and his partner Detective Claudia Taylor on a heart-thumping ride through the steamy tropics of Northern Australia as they hunt for a killer out of control.
Justice served with a side order of vengeance.
What readers are saying about Kill Shot:
“Head spinning twists and gritty crisp dialogue make Kill Shot a must read for the gruff mystery thriller crowd out there!”
– Goodreads reviewer
“I would overwhelmingly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good crime fiction, thriller, who-done-it or the like.”
– Booksprout reviewer
“Denholm is a masterful story teller with realistic facts and hardcore action scenes throughout! Readers looking for a real page-turner have found it here!”
– Goodreads reviewer
“The story is so well written and full of action, that it is impossible to put down.”
– Voracious Readers reviewer
“With the heat, crocodiles, press speculation, and lack of progress, the pressure is on for a fast resolution. A cracking police procedural and a highly enjoyable read. I look forward to the subsequent adventures of the promising crime fighting duo.”
– Booksprout reviewer
“There are some surprising twists and turns along the way, one which I couldn’t even imagine which made this read a sheer delight. I struggled to keep this book down. I look forward to reading more of Denholm’s work.”
– Goodreads reviewer
Read an excerpt from Kill Shot:
Five things you didn’t know about Jack Lisbon
1. Detective Jack Lisbon was a proficient middle-weight boxer as a teenager, advised by a number of top trainers to turn professional. After he suffered an amateur championship defeat to a much bigger and heavier opponent at the age of 17, Jack decided to hang up his gloves and join the police force, motivated by a desire to clamp down on corruption. He found out there was a lot of money wagered on the fight he lost and people benefitted financially at his expense. Jack bears a scar under his bottom lip from this bout. Jack entered the London Metropolitan Police force with a fierce determination to seek out and punish wrongdoers, especially those preying on weaker victims. Unfortunately, while working as a Detective Inspector in the Met, Jack succumbed to temptation himself, a decision that led him down a dark path.
2. Jack is allergic to onions. As a child he had an anaphylactic response to a meal at a barbecue which nearly killed him. He always has to mention his allergy when eating at restaurants etc. He hates this affliction because he loves the smell of onions cooking.
3. He took a course in Portuguese at night school but gave up when he found it too hard. Jack’s father was a Portuguese mechanic who migrated to Great Britain in the late 1960s (Jack’s surname is the Anglicized version of Lisboa, Portugal’s capital). He regrets this because he wants to understand more about his heritage and reconnect with his roots. His mother only spoke English at home and his father had little input in raising his son. Jack has visited the Algarve region in southern Portugal on summer holidays and has made a promise to himself to keep trying to learn the language.
4. Jack met his ex-wife, Sarah, in Jamaica during a cricket fans’ tour of the West Indies. In his late 20s at the time, he’d never had a serious girlfriend before and fell head over heels for the exotic Jamaican beauty. Sadly, the romance died after Sarah gave birth to their daughter, Skye.
5. He suffers a mild form of dyslexia. He’s embarrassed by it but has figured out ways to cover up. For this reason he often tasks his partner, Claudia Taylor, to do the research required to track down criminals while he conveniently finds something else to do.
Five things you didn’t know about Claudia Taylor
1. Claudia’s parents met at a Bachelor and Spinster Ball (known colloquially as a B&S Ball). These are traditional dances held in rural areas of Australia, infamous for wild drinking and all-night partying. She doesn’t like to talk about it because she was conceived the night her mother and father met.
2. Claudia has a Pastry Chef Diploma. Claudia worked in a number of restaurants in Northern Queensland before realizing she wanted to joint the police force. Her cousin Robyn, a detective in Brisbane, convinced Claudia to abandon her culinary career and become a cop. Claudia still practices her cooking skills at home, surprising her friends with cakes and pies.
3. Claudia has an abject fear of heights. One of her proudest achievements was abseiling down a cliff face near the Mossman Gorge. She screamed from start to finish, but demanded a second go, which she accomplished in silence.
4. She has a brother, Ian, who is a police officer in Auckland, New Zealand. Ian moved there after his wife got a job as an adviser to the Kiwi prime minister and he was able to join the local force. Unlike Claudia, Ian has a cushy desk job in administration and never faces danger.
5. Claudia was married for two years to a man named Rafael Taylor. One day, without warning, Raf announced he was gay and moved in with another man, Derrick. Claudia was grief-stricken for a week before joining an online dating site and relishing the single life. She’s not sure if she’s attracted to Jack Lisbon or not.
BLAIR DENHOLM is an Australian fiction writer and translator who has lived and worked in New York, Moscow, Munich, Abu Dhabi and Australia. He once voted in a foreign election despite having no eligibility to do so, was almost lost at sea on a Russian fishing boat, and was detained by machine-gun toting soldiers in the Middle East. Denholm’s new series, The Fighting Detective, starring ex-boxer Jack Lisbon, is now up and flying with the first two installments, Kill Shot and Shot Clock. The series is set in tropical North Queensland, Australia, and features heavy doses of noir crime with a vigilante justice twist. Expect at least six novels with Detective Lisbon, his fellow cops and a host of intriguing characters.
Denholm’s debut crime novel, SOLD, is the first in a thrilling noir trilogy, featuring the detestable yet lovable one-man wrecking ball Gary Braswell. The second exciting book in the series, SOLD to the Devil, was released in June 2020. The final episode, Sold Dirt Cheap, will see the light of day in 2022.
Finally, Denholm is working on a crime series set in Moscow just prior to the collapse of the Soviet Union. Captain Viktor Voloshin is a hard-boiled investigator who has to fight the establishment in order for justice to be served, in his own special way. The first in this series, Revolution Day, will be published in October 2021.
Blair currently resides in Hobart, Tasmania with his partner, Sandra, and two crazy canines, Max and Bruno.
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