Friday, August 30, 2013

Cover of Darkness, excerpt and giveaway


 

Cover of Darkness                   


by Gregory Delaurentis

BLURB:  

A high profile murder of a Wall Street executive in Westchester pits three people against the criminal underbelly of Manhattan nightlife. The key players are two ex-cops turned private investigators—Kevin Whitehouse, whose sharpest tool is his keen analytical mind, and David Allerton, a former Special Forces operative—and Margaret Alexander, Kevin’s lover. In their search for a killer, they are forced to travel to the edge of sanity and morality, while stumbling onto their own confusing secrets as well. The Cover of Darkness is a gritty noir saga that untangles a web of deceit in the course of tracking down a brutal murderer.



Excerpt:

David first opened the door to a closet on the left, searching it with the gun muzzle, before approaching the door at the end of the hall and kicking it open. An angry, naked man stood on the other side, his anger changing to fear in seconds once he beheld the gun pointing in his direction.

“Get back into bed,” David ordered.

The pale-bodied man responded as he staggered backward. The foot of the bed struck the back of his knees, sending him seated on the mattress. The woman on the bed had by this time covered herself with the sheets, and curled her legs up.

While Kevin stood nervously in the doorway, David searched the room and the closets, the muzzle of the shotgun again serving as a probe, but found no one.

“What the…?” Chase asked David.

After searching through the room, David tossed the shotgun to Kevin.

Suddenly, Chase went white-hot heat, crawling backward into the arms of his woman in sheer panic screaming, “What do you want?!”

“I want information,” David demanded, going to the foot of the bed, standing before them with Kevin directly behind him. “I want to know who whacked Osterman.”

“How am I to know?!” Chase shouted back. His hair was a wild tangle, his eyes wide as saucers with fright.

“Don’t yell at me,” David said calmly. “I want answers. I’m not interested in killing you.”

“You bust into my crib and start throwing guns around. You’re crazy, man, what do you think I’m thinking?”

“You were moving dope for Osterman,” David persisted, ignoring Chase’s remarks.

“Osterman! He jerked me.”

“With the Colombians.”

“Damn right.”

“And you didn’t like that.”

“No, I didn’t.”

“So, you had one of your soul brothers do him in.”

“Oh hell, no. My people don’t kill. We don’t mess with weapons like you do.”

“And the reason for that?”

“More jail time . . . What are you? A cop?”

“Don’t worry about what I am,” David growled back. “You are moving weight. I want to know what happened after Osterman jerked you.”

“He jerked me. That’s all.”

“That’s all? You didn’t go to the Colombians? Liar!”

“Yes, yes, I did that!” Chase corrected. “I went to the Colombians as soon as I knew he jerked me. I begged them to give me another chance. They said they would, if I replaced their one hundred kilos. One hundred kilos! How do I do that?”

“Put bullets into Osterman for revenge.”

“How is that going to get me my one hundred kilos?”

“Let me explain it to you, genius. The Colombians trust Osterman enough to give him a heavy shipment. You find it, whack him, and take his shipment back to the Colombians. Paid in full.”
Chase thought that over for a second or two. “But that’s not what happened.”

“Convince me otherwise.”

The word “Freeze!” were suddenly heard from the doorway. David frowned as he glanced over his shoulder to see a scruffy looking black male, armed with his own shotgun.






AUTHOR INFORMATION:

Gregory Delaurentis spent his adult life roaming from job to job, working for Lockheed in California, various law firms in New York, and financial firms on Wall Street. Throughout this period of time, he was writing—unceasingly—finally producing a large body of work, albeit unrecognized and unpublished . . . until now. Cover of Darkness is the first in a series of upcoming books that include Edge of Darkness, Pale of Darkness and Cries of Darkness. These novels follow the lives of three individuals who do battle bringing criminals to justice, while they struggle to understand the complex relationships that exist among themselves. This intriguing trio has absorbed the attention of Mr. Delaurentis for the past year and a half, so much so he decided to self-publish their stories to bring them to a wider audience.

[AUTHOR’S DISCLAIMER: These are works of fiction. Name, characters, places, and incidents either are the product of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, events, or locales is entirely coincidental.]

BUY LINKS
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Author's general links
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3) Twitter
4) Blog

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23 comments:

  1. That's a very interesting excerpt. Sounds like a good read. This might even be a book that my husband would read after me.

    If I win I'd love the amazon gc.
    miztik_rose@yahoo.com

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    1. Thanks for visiting Mary, good luck in the contest.

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    2. Thank you Ms. Kirkland, I hope you and your husband enjoy it. Much luck in the raffle.

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  2. It's been quite a while since I read a mystery, but the last I watched was a classic Agatha Christie. It was fun.


    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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    1. Wow, it's been so long since I read the Agatha Christie books and just a couple of weeks ago, I had a friend telling me about watching the classic movies. Thanks for visiting and good luck in the giveaway.

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    2. I like Agatha Christie mysteries, but I have to say, this book is more like straight up detective work. Ms. Christie had a way of throwing in red herrings and switchbacks which were exciting to read though. Thanks for dropping by.

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  3. Well, I wouldn't say that it's in the Agatha Christie vein of mystery, but more like a Mickey Spillane, or Dashiell Hammett hard boiled crime fiction. They are the writers that I chose to emulate in my writing. I still hope if you purchase it that it will be fun for you either way.

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    1. It's been awhile since I have read any noir mysteries (although the Midnight Louie series feature a noir character, lol).

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  4. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the host of The Reading Addict for featuring my book today on their blog, and to also thank all those who participate by commenting.

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    1. You are quite welcome, thanks for visiting and interacting with my readers. Looks like an exciting book, good luck with the release!

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  5. WELL...I recently read The Silent Wife...an excellent psychological thriller, if not quite mystery. I also read The Cuckoo's Calling...really for curiosity reasons since it's by J.K. Rowling (writing under the pseud Galbraith). It turned out to be a pretty good read!
    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

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    1. I haven't read either of those titles, thank you for sharing and good luck in the giveaway!

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  6. Well, it’s Friday. Had fun following you around this week and looking forward to more good stuff next week. Have a great weekend!
    kareninnc at gmail dot com

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    1. Yes, thank you for being here Karen, it was fun having you along. Enjoy your weekend.

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    2. Thanks for visiting Karen, hope your diligence pays off, have a great holiday weekend!

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  7. The story sounds very intriguing.

    Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Thank you Rita. I hope you enjoy reading it if you do make a purchase.

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    2. It does sound interesting although I have to be in a certain mood to read this genre. Thanks for visiting and good luck in the giveaway!

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  8. I've just resumed watching LOST GIRL, and plan to read Rhys Ford's WHISKEY AND WRY sometime soon!

    vitajex(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. I like that title, very creative. Thanks for visiting and good luck in the giveaway!

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  9. Thanks for sharing the great excerpt and the giveaway. Sounds like a wonderful book. evamillien at gmail dot com

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    1. Thank you Ms. Millien and thanks for dropping by. Good luck with the giveaway.

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  10. HELLO THERE. THIS WEBSITE IS SO COOL AND THE GIVEAWAY ROCKS BIG TIME. I WOULD LOVE TO HAVE THE AMAZON GIFT CARD. TAKE CARE!!!

    TIFFANY M
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