A Scourge of Vipers, the fourth hardboiled crime novel in my series featuring Liam Mulligan, an investigative reporter at a dying Providence, RI, newspaper, will be published in hardcover and e-book editions by Forge on April 7.
I love the look of the cover.
Here’s synopsis of the plot, with no spoilers:
To solve Rhode Island’s budget crisis, the governor wants to legalize sports gambling, but her plan has unexpected consequences. Organized crime, professional sports leagues, and others who have a lot to lose—or gain—if gambling is made legal flood the state with money to buy the votes of state legislators. Liam Mulligan, investigative reporter for The Providence Dispatch, wants to investigate, but the bottom-feeding corporate bosses at the dying newspaper have no interest in serious reporting. So Mulligan goes rogue to dig into the story. But when a state legislator turns up dead, an out-of-state bagman gets shot, and his cash-stuffed briefcase goes missing, Mulligan finds himself the target of shadowy forces who seek to derail his investigation by destroying his career, his reputation, and even his life. A Scourge of Vipers is at once a suspenseful crime thriller and a serious exploration of the hypocrisy surrounding sports gambling and the corrupting influence of big money in politics.
You can order the book in advance here.
And you can read a sample chapter on my website.