|Author, Robert Thornhill|
My guest today is local author, Robert Thornhill. I connected with Robert on the professional site LinkedIn. Although, I haven't read his Lady Justice series I was intrigued by his blurb and excerpt.
Many of Walt’s adventures in the Lady Justice series are anecdotal and based on Robert’s real life.
Robert holds a master’s in psychology, but his wit and insight come from his varied occupations, including thirty-three years as a real estate broker. He lives with his wife, Peg, in
The main character, Walt Williams, is a 69 year old officer with the Kansas City Police Department. He started the City Retiree Action Patrol. You can see what the acronym spells.
The series is mystery/comedy in the same genre as Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series. The difference is that her characters are young and sexy and mine are old geezers like me.
BOOK CLUB MURDERS
"Of course they caught him. They always do," Ed replied. "One fingerprint --- the guy forgot to wipe one fingerprint off of the light switch --- that's how they got him."
"Well it seems pretty obvious," Ed replied. "Someone commits a crime and gets away with it."
"Please enlighten us, Master," Ed retorted sarcastically.
"For instance, with my job as an orderly at the hospital, I could steal one pair of latex gloves from every box in every exam room for a month and nobody would ever be the wiser --- they just don't keep track of those things.
"Of course, if no one ever knew that the crime was ever committed, it wouldn't make for much of a story in a novel."
"The second kind is the subject of most mystery novels --- a crime is committed --- the cops know about it, and it becomes a cat-and-mouse game to see whether the perpetrator was clever enough to avoid detection. Obviously your guy wasn't --- he left a fingerprint."
"Okay, then what's the third category?"
Ed was impressed. "You seem to know a lot about this subject."
"I've been looking into it."
"Any particular reason?"
Oscar paused before he spoke, "Because I'm going to do it."
Ed was taken by surprise. "Do what?"
"Commit the perfect crime."
Ed and Larry exchanged worried glances.
"What the hell are you talking about, Oscar?" Larry asked. "You're a middle-aged hospital orderly for chrissakes!"
"Exactly my point," Oscar replied with resolve.
"My life is pathetic and so are yours --- and so is this stupid club."
"What's so bad about our club?" Ed asked indignantly.
"Do I really have to spell it out? We started out with ten members and one-by-one they've been dropping away --- mostly because they've found something better to do with their lives --- like Liz, who moved back to Columbia to finish her degree at MU. All that's left is us losers."
"Hey, speak for yourself, you jerk!" Larry retorted.
"Oh please, Larry. You're a forty-year-old custodian in a middle school who spends his day cleaning up after snotty-nosed kids, and Ed, you spend your life in a cubicle doing data entry into a computer for an huge accounting firm that doesn't even know you exist.
"When was the last time that you did something REALLY exciting --- something that made you feel like you were living on the edge?
"When was the last time you got laid --- or even had a date?
Neither of them responded.
"Have I made my point?"
"Don't you think committing a crime is a bit extreme?" Ed asked. "Wouldn't it be more logical to plan a canoe trip or maybe a weekend at Branson?"
Oscar shook his head in disgust. "Nope, an evening with Andy Williams is not my idea of living on the edge --- it has to be a crime --- and not just any crime --- murder.
"I'm going to commit the perfect murder!"
Ed and Larry were speechless.
"I'm going to do it and I want you two to do it too. Let's turn this pathetic club into something special --- something that will make our hearts race --- something that will challenge our intellect and something that will take us away from our dreary lives."
"But --- murder!" Larry stammered. "I could never kill someone --- not on purpose anyway."
"It's not that big of a deal," Oscar replied. "I see people die at the hospital every day. Look at the obituaries in the Kansas City Star. Dozens of people die every week.
"I'm not talking about killing the Mayor or somebody like that. The streets are filled with the homeless and prostitutes. Their lives already suck and we would be doing them and the city a favor by getting rid of a few.
"Think of the challenge. We each have read dozens of crime novels and watched countless TV shows. We know what we have to do to commit the perfect crime. All we have to do is create our plan and execute it.
"We can do this --- I know we can!
"Are you in?"
All of Bob's book's can be found at Barnes and Noble, Amazon, and Bob's website. Here is a link to his special offer page, http://booksbybob.com/lady-justice-combo-special_330.html
Bob, I want to wish you the very best with your writing career. You are a very prolific writer. I think many people will find your website interesting.
Thank you for visiting my blog, and have a good week. See you next Sunday.
Sandra K. Marshall