Book excerpt from Vault of Secrets by Hawk MacKinney

This is an excerpt for Vault of Secrets, Book 2 in the Craige Ingram Mystery Series by Hawk MacKinney.

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Vault of Secrets is a
compelling tale of intrigue, murder, deception and redemption that leads
retired Navy SEAL/part-time private investigator Craige Ingram in search of the
connection between seemingly random murders and a banking conspiracy. Working
with the local homicide investigator, who just happens to be a former Navy
buddy, Craige Ingram’s attempts to protect a lonely widow and solve the case
before another person dies are only thwarted by a psychotic killer whose
motivation is based on pure pleasure. The instincts and skills Ingram and his
buddy acquired as Navy SEALS are tested to their limits.
risers were at Duke’s breakfast diner in booths and at tables. The aroma of
fried eggs, pancakes, grits, bacon and country ham filled the air. Gray caught
Craige up on Sedgewicke’s autopsy reports—chronic degenerative heart condition,
sky high cholesterol and arterial disease.

heart wasn’t what killed him. Got us a crafty one here,” Gray sighed. “CDC
Atlanta verified Fred’s gas chromatography runs on the poison.” Handed Craige
the folder.
eyes zeroed to the big, bold word—ACONITE. “Lethal dose of aconite in Royce’s
tissues,” Craige said. “Gives the how but not the way it was slipped to
Sedgewicke.” He looked through the rest of the toxicology report. “Not very
original. Rome’s Julio-Claudian’s treacherous family of brigands was in some
ways a lot more honest than most of us and far more sophisticated with aconite.
They called it wolfsbane and used it often. Wife of old Octavian Augustus, a
determined old dowager, the Empress Livia, it was rumored to be her favorite
method for eliminating rivals. She kept her supplier on call. Augustus wouldn’t
eat anything except food prepared by his own slaves. Livia wanted her son
Tiberius to succeed to the purple. She was afraid Augustus meant to be rid of
Tiberius, so she dusted her husband’s figs with the bane. People do get away
with murder and simple makes for better odds.” Craige glanced at the next page.
“This gone beyond your office?”
CDC,” Gray said. “Your crack about possible killings we don’t know about keeps
troubling me.” He scratched his wiry mustache. “Marshall’s suicide, Sedgewicke
murder, two women dead, the Stanley break-in.”
closed the folder, his face stony serious. “I’ve never done, what I’m about to
do. Ask you for a favor…”
Craige’s monotone hardness surprised Gray. “But I gather that’s about to
Author information:
postgraduate degrees and faculty appointments in several medical universities,
Hawk MacKinney has taught graduate courses in both the United States and
In addition to professional articles and texts on
chordate neuroembryology, Hawk
has authored several works of fiction.
began writing mysteries for his school newspaper.
His works of fiction, historical love
stories, science fiction and mystery-thrillers are not genre-centered, but
plot-character driven, and reflect his southwest upbringing in Arkansas, Texas
and Oklahoma.
Moccasin Trace, a historical novel
nominated for the prestigious Michael Shaara Award for Excellence in Civil War
Fiction and the Writers Notes Book Award, details the family bloodlines of his
serial protagonist in the Craige Ingram Mystery Series…
murder and mayhem with a touch of romance. Vault of Secrets, the first book in the Ingram series, was followed
by Nymrod Resurrection, Blood and Gold, and The Lady of Corpsewood Manor. All have received national
attention. Hawk’s latest release in the Ingram series is due out this fall with
another mystery-thriller work out in 2014. The
Bleikovat Event,
the first volume in The
Cairns of Sainctuarie
science fiction series, was released in 2012.

question, Hawk is one of the most gifted and imaginative writers I have had the
pleasure to represent. His reading fans have something special to look forward
to in the Craige Ingram Mystery Series. Intrigue, murder, deception and
conspiracy–these are the things that take Hawk’s main character, Navy
ex-SEAL/part-time private investigator Craige Ingram, from his South Carolina
ancestral home of Moccasin Hollow to the dirty backrooms of the nation’s
capital and across Europe and the Middle East.”
Casey, President
Casey Literary Agency

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