The Florida Writers Association has named the winners of its annual Royal Palm Literary Awards. Among them are two thrillers featuring New Jersey Lawyer Jack Scully. The Hitman’s Lover won the second-place award in the Published Thriller/Suspense category; while Grind His Bones took the third-place award for an unpublished Thriller/Suspense novel. Here are brief synopses of the two novels, both written by Richard Newell Smith:
The Hitman’s Lover
After Jack Scully’s Aunt Maude guns down a policeman and claims he was actually a hitman, the young lawyer finds himself battling for his life against a quartet of crooked cops. Chief among them is the charming Tommy McGann, who is squiring Mafia Princess Angela D’Annunzio. Scully zeros in on McGann. Then McGann turns up dead, burnt to a crisp. But is the body really McGann’s? Scully learns the truth when he sets a trap for the crooked cops and gets caught in his own snare. A fiery escape leads Scully to what he’s wanted all along, the luscious Angela D’Annunzio – and he follows her blindly into the final betrayal.
The Hitman’s Lover is available from Amazon at http://amzn.to/L4ewfm Barnes and Noble at http://tinyurl.com/buvc8hk and Kobo at http://tinyurl.com/c32w3cy
Grind His Bones
For Jack Scully, pit bulls and sociopaths aren’t half as obnoxious as his cousin Hughie. Now he’s risking his life to save Hughie from being framed for a double murder. The frame-up looks perfect until Scully begins picking it apart. To save themselves, the plotters kill off potential witnesses – and kidnap Scully’s girlfriend Diane. For Scully, time is running out, and his only hope of saving Diane is to persuade Cat Dolan, a high-priced hooker, to help him. But the Cat has already sold both body and soul and sees Scully as nothing more than a threat to her dreams of sudden wealth.
Grind His Bones will be published later this year.
The Florida Writers Association has named a second Jack Scully novel, Grind His Bones, as a finalist for its Royal Palm Literary Awards. The novel is scheduled for publication later this year. Previously named as a finalist was The Hitman’s Lover, which is now available in both print and electronic versions. The award winners will be announced at a banquet on Saturday, October 20.
Following is a brief taste of Grind His Bones. Readers can find a synopsis of The Hitman’s Lover and its first chapter by scrolling down on this blog.
Grind His Bones – by Richard Newell Smith
Jack Scully’s legal practice doesn’t cover dog murderers, but he makes an exception for his nasty cousin Hugh McGrady, who sicked his pit bull on a pair of Chihuahuas. It’s a routine case until billionaire George Colby Clark discovers he has a problem. His son has murdered two women. Clark needs a patsy, and who better than Hugh McGrady. The frame-up is perfect until Jack Scully begins picking it apart. Clark then comes up with a new scheme – to eliminate anyone who can tie his son to the murders. Clark’s henchmen begin icing potential witnesses. But Clark’s son, a charming sociopath, has an even more ambitious plan, one that will leave him rich and everyone else dead.
For Scully, time is running out, and his only hope is to persuade Cat Dolan, a high-priced hooker, to help him. But the Cat has already sold both body and soul and sees Scully as nothing more than a threat to her dreams of sudden wealth. The stakes grow when Scully’s girlfriend is kidnapped. In a desperate attempt to save her, Scully goes face to face with a gang of killers with no weapons to guard his front and only the treacherous Cat Dolan to guard his back.
For more of Jack Scully, check out The Hitman’s Lover, available at Amazon at http://amzn.to/L4ewfm Barnes and Noble at http://tinyurl.com/buvc8hk and Kobo at http://tinyurl.com/c32w3cy