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A Gabriel Hawke Novel Book 3
BY PATY JAGER
Death to those who dare complain.
Fish and Wildlife State Trooper Gabriel Hawke encounters a hunter with an illegal tag. The name on the tag belongs to the Wallowa County District Attorney and the man holding the tag isn’t the public defender.
As Hawke digs to find out if the DA is corrupt, the hunter’s body is found. Zeroing in on the DA, Hawke finds he has more suspects than the DA and more deaths than the hunter.
They say, or have said, it takes a village to raise a child. In my case it takes a village to help me write a mystery book.
I have no prior experience in law enforcement or the law (as it pertains to this book, Rattlesnake Brother) and I’ve only seen dead human bodies that have died of natural causes. Yet, I want my books to sound as if I know what I’m talking about. To make that happen, I go to experts.
I’m thankful I have a son-in-law who is a Lieutenant in the State Police and has gone up the ladder having also been in the drug enforcement team in the state. He has boundless stories and knowledge I can pick. And it was a friend of his who is a Fish and Wildlife State Trooper in Wallowa County who took me on a ride-along for a day and explained as much about his job and what it all entailed in the time we spent together. He showed me the various pieces of equipment in his vehicle that helped him do his job as well as had me listen in while he asked some anglers about their fishing licenses.
The other group of people I wouldn’t be able to write a mystery without are the medical, military, and law men and women who are part of an online group who answer all mystery writer’s questions about poisons, bullets, guns, what a body would look like if it fell from twenty feet, if a character could still do their job after being shot….the list goes on and on. I am thankful for that group, because I have made some great connections to answer questions about planes and helicopters because one of my ongoing secondary characters is a pilot.
And this book, I was thankful I have a niece who is a paralegal and has worked for a lawyer and has seen the inner workings of a small District Attorney’s office. I haven’t, and I wasn’t sure given the political climate in my county right now, if I could walk into this district county office and start asking the types of questions I could ask my niece. 😉
After I get all the information from the professionals that I rely on for the mystery side of my story, I turn to my critique partners to catch loopholes and inconsistencies in my plots. Then a beta reader who has a law enforcement husband, and then my editor.
I go through my book one more time after I get it back from my editor before sending it to a proofreader. She inevitably finds a few more things that need fixed, and then it’s off to the ebook vendors to get into the hands of the reader.
As you see, I not only write about villages (towns) in my books, but I am in need of them to help me write the book.
Paty Jager is an award-winning author of 39 novels, 8 novellas, and numerous anthologies of murder mystery and western romance. All her work has Western or Native American elements in them along with hints of humor and engaging characters.This is what Books a Plenty Book Reviews has to say about the Gabriel Hawke series: “The blend of nature tracking, clues, and the animals makes for a fascinating mystery that is hard to put down.”
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