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Monday, November 24, 2014

Messed Up In Missoula

The mystery thriller novel "Messed Up In Missoula" is now available on Amazon!

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Sometimes doing what's right can lead straight to disaster.

Thomas Catlin is a police detective in Missoula, Montana.  Not exactly the crime capital of the world.  You would expect things to be a little quieter there.  But you'd be wrong.

His partner is William Jones, an unlikable and untrustworthy cop if Catlin ever met one.  And when a drug bust Jones sets up goes bad, Catlin has even more reason to distrust him.  What he doesn't know, however, is that failed drug bust is about to lead him down a rabbit hole of deceit, treachery, and the most damaging little black book since Capone's accountant's.

Jones' sister Mary is Catlin's chief suspect, and when her first love rolls into town right before her husband turns up dead the day after the failed drug bust, Catlin knows he's on the right trail.  Sometimes, however, what we think is true, what we know is true, and what is really true don't line up. In those times it's good to have a badge, and a better partner.  Now teamed with a whip-smart female detective named Delaney, they start to hone in on a secret that many will kill to get, and still others will kill to protect.

"Messed Up In Missoula" is Jake Orlo's second novel.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Bittersweet In The Bitterroot

The mystery thriller novel "Bittersweet In The Bitterroot" is now available on Amazon!

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An intricate web of murder, corruption, and conspiracy has entangled the lives of everyone in Missoula, Montana, and fledgling FBI Agent Maria Hernandez is determined to catch the criminals who spun it, even if it means putting her own life in danger.

"Bittersweet In The Bitterroot" is a fast-paced detective murder mystery that, carries readers deep into the Bitterroot Mountains, where Hernandez is sent on her first official investigation to look into the murder of a young girl whose body was discovered by a local camper.

When another girl goes missing, Hernandez finds herself on the hunt for a serial killer, but what she ultimately discovers is something far more sinister, and she must search for the thread that ties everything together.  But finding that thread won't be easy, because there are powerful forces that don't want the town's dark secrets to unravel when and if it's pulled.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

The Wolves Of Christmas Eve

The Christmas story "The Wolves Of Christmas Eve" is now available on Amazon!

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It is Christmas Eve and Sheryl with Bentley, her six-month-old lab, are lost in the mountains of Montana.  It was clear and sunny this morning when they started out on this wilderness snowshoeing adventure with Pete.  Now it was afternoon and the clear sunny day had turned dark and threatening; and Pete was missing.  Sheryl is not sure what to do or which way to go because everything is covered in snow and everything looks the same.  She and Bentley panic when they hear wolves howling around them on the mountain.  Sheryl tries to head away from the wolves but is horrified by the realization that the wolves are zeroing in on them.  Exhausted Sheryl sits down in a clearing and puts her arms around the trembling Bentley, she knows only a miracle can save them.  As the wolves come out of the trees toward them a mysterious cross-country skier rescues them.  Sheryl is about to spend one of the strangest Christmas' she has never even imagined and she is about to find out just how dangerous a man can be and that miracles' really do happen on Christmas.

"The Wolves Of Christmas Eve" tells its 'Christmas Miracle' message with the same brisk pacing Jake Orlo is known for in his detective murder mysteries.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The Santa Bum

The Christmas story "The Santa Bum" is now available on Amazon!

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"The Santa Bum" is about a solitary young man named "Jake" who is not rich by anyone's standards.  He does not really like people and more than once he has said out loud, "No people; that'd be great."  On this dark and snowy Christmas Eve, Jake meets a very strange person on the front porch of his house.  He realizes too late that it is not a real person at all.  Jake is now forced to take a journey that examines his life whether he wants to or not.  The big question is; will he still be alive when it's over.

"The Santa Bum" tells a 'Christmas Miracle' story with the same brisk pacing Jake Orlo is known for in his detective murder mysteries.

Monday, September 22, 2014

A Grizzly Chance

The short story "A Grizzly Chance" is now available on Amazon!

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"A Grizzly Chance" starts out with the main character 'Ed' hiking out into the mountains on a dark mission of self-destruction.  He is sick and tired and unable to deal with the many disappointments life has thrown his way.  In an unusual twist of fate Ed meets up with a large bear that causes him to reconsider just what his life is worth.  This story tells its 'Good To Be Alive' message with the same brisk pacing Jake Orlo is known for in his detective murder mysteries.