Now that foreign interests are at work in the waters off key West, the U.S. lawmakers are getting concerned about our own rights there.
Under The Copper Moon is about the companies that are fighting for a foothold in the Straits and for claiming the over 20 billion gallons of oil that are, as some claim, in the beneath those waters that wash against the shores of the Keys.
Under the Copper Moon has Cooper tackling another missing person case: a fisherman in the Keys who stumbled on to illegal drilling in the Thousand Islands. In researching for the book, I was shocked to see so much foreign activity in the Florida Straits, close to the U.S. coast. A mammoth oil platform has appeared in the last year about 90 miles from Key West. I was fascinated by the involvement of China in the drilling project.
I am about 6,000 words into the third book in the Cooper Mystery/Crime fiction series. Cooper has recovered from his last case involving the kidnapping of a Russian girl. He hasn't made much progress in finding his son Maxie. He plans to spend more time looking for him. It's been 7 years since his son disappeared and the trail has turned cold, no bitter cold. But an old witness comes up with a new clue that may finally lead Cooper to his son.
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Blood Moon Rising, Cooper's second in his trilogy, is now out andready for purchase on Amazon or B&N and other bookstores. Says one critic, Tris Coburn, "Coop's a cross between DeMille's Mac McCormack and Connelly's Bosch.
It's even better than the first ~ Cooper gets closer and closer to solving the mystery of his son's disappearance.
One review from Jack Driscoll, award winning author of Lucky Man, Lucky Woman says:
"The novel is so richly cinematic that I read it while simultaneously imagining each of the chapters and scenes playing out on the silver screen... the suspense high-tension from beginning to end."
"Lovers of the genre will find much to keep them engrossed. The author successfully raises tension with gripping descriptions and emotional dialogue,"
I'M THRILLED THAT I JUST RECEIVED THE FINALIST AWARD FOR MY SECOND BOOK, BLOOD MOON RISING.
THE ROYAL PALM LITERARY AWARD IS GIVEN OUT SPARINGLY AND I'M ONE OF THE LUCKY (AND HARD WORKING!) AUTHORS TO BE PROVIDED THIS HONOR.
I FIND THAT THE MORE I WRITE, THE BETTER AND BETTER I GET TO KNOW MY CHARACTERS. I SLEEP WITH THEM.
COOPER IS IN THE BACK SEAT OF MY CAR, DIRECTING ME HERE AND THERE, WITH A WATCHFUL EYE.
RICHIE IS WATCHING MY BACK WHENEVER I NEED HIS HELP.
HUCKSTER CROWE IS RIDING SHOTGUN AS HE MAKES OUR WAY THROUGH THE DEEPEST PART OF THE EVERGLADES
COME MEET MY WACKO CHARACTERS AND SEE WHO YOU LIKE BEST.