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A COLD KILL by Ray Bates

A COLD KILL

by Ray Bates

356 pages
A COLD KILL, number seven in the Detective John Bowers Police Procedural series with the Central Precinct Homicide Unit. Bowers dishes up more bloody murder, forensic reality, steamy sex, romance and the heartbeat of the City's criminal players. This time, it's uptown lawyers, a Barbie doll and John's ex who end up in the line of fire.

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About the Book
It’s a good day to die for lawyers. A deposition is about to begin in a large, metro law firm where the senior partner is breathing his last before a shooter barges into the conference room and redecorates with blood and brains compliments of his Glock nine.

The shooter seems like a nice guy. Admits everything, asks for his lawyer and the only question unanswered by the Central Precinct detectives is the motive. Lots of folks have grudges against lawyers, but this killer’s reaction seems a bit extreme even for clients with a distaste for the legal system in general and insurance defense lawyers in particular.

Detective Sergeant John Bowers and his interim partner Detective Max Bando need to start pulling threads at the scene of the crime and work backward to find answers. Preliminary investigation points to a related cold case involving the victim’s ex-wife. Is the shooter on to something?

And waiting in the wings is another Bowers ex laying landmines for John. His number-two wife Doris shows up for a repeat performance. Only this time she’s mixed up with some genuine bad guys, Mexican drug bandidos, and she’s eager to get John tangled up in her trouble. And meanwhile, John’s regular partner Detective Minola Raye is on the sidelines birthing twins when an unexpected twist and look back stops the clock.

 

Reviews
“Number seven is a welcome addition to the series. All the elements of a cold-blooded murder, a cold case and a Mexican heroin dealer John’s ex-wife brings on scene make up a fast-moving plot we don’t get ahead of. And being John Bowers, there’s plenty of sexy romance and the comfy-ness of being reunited with all the Central Precinct crew we’ve come to know so well. Add it all up, and A Cold Kill hits another home run.” — Marc Dennis, Rose Review
- Marc Dennis, Rose Review
“Another fast-paced Procedural from Bates with all the realism of homicide investigation and the dog work needed to bring closure to a case. Cold cases are always a challenge, and in this one, it takes a new murder to shine light on an old one. I always love following John and Minnie on the trail, sniffing out forensic clues and wringing truth from dark minds. A Cold Kill brings me home again and lets me dive into a new case without leaving the comfort of my arm chair. Five stars for this one.” — J. A. Barnes, Ret. Captain, NYSP
- J. A. Barnes, Captain NYSP

 

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About the Author
RAY BATES is an Oregon native, a retired criminal investigator and consultant for Regency Fox Films, He writes the Detective John Bowers police procedurals highlighting Portland, Oregon's Central Precinct Homicide Unit.

BATES resides In Portland.

 

 

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