Saturday, April 14, 2012
Beware the Jabberwock Has a Cover
Here's the long-awaited cover for the first book in my Post Cold War trilogy featuring ill-starred former FBI agent Burke Hill. Beware the Jabberwock will be out soon as an ebook. Here's the plot blurb:
As the Cold War sputters to a close and the Soviet Union disintegrates, international telephone intercepts trigger a CIA investigation into the nebulous codeword "Jabberwock." Burke Hill, whose tarnished FBI career ended years earlier after dismissal by a surly J. Edgar Hoover, is recruited to help an old CIA buddy, Cameron Quinn, whose superiors doubt Jabberwock's dangerous potential. When an accident stops Quinn in Hong Kong, the CIA brass warns Hill to drop the investigation. Knowing Quinn's fears about the operation, Hill and Quinn's daughter, Lorelei, continue the chase. Rogue elements on both sides of the old Iron Curtain work to stop them, along with a relentless Federal bureaucracy. As the clock ticks down on Jabberwork, Burke and Lori realize they alone are the only hope of stopping a plot to assassinate the American and Russian presidents.
An international thriller, Beware the Jabberwock starts out in Vienna, then switches to the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, after that Washington, D.C. The characters take us to a beach on Cyprus, to Tel Aviv, Israel and Hong Kong before swirling about the eastern half of the U.S. from New Orleans to Niagara Falls. Much of it takes place on an island off the Gulf Coast of Florida.
It's a tale about what people accustomed to having power will do to cling to it when circumstances threaten their hold. Sometimes they form unholy alliances in an attempt to maintain the status quo. That's what Burke Hill and Lorelei Quinn encounter when the end of the Cold War threatens to leave groups of old enemies out in the cold.
The life-threatening spiral accelerates after Burke and Lori attempt to prove Cam Quinn was not drunk when his rental car crashed on a dark night in Hong Kong. You'll have a chance to read the whole exciting story shortly when Beware the Jabberwock appears as an ebook for the Kindle.