Book excerpt for “Blood and Gold” by Hawk MacKinney

Today I’m featuring an excerpt for Blood and Gold, which is the third book in the
Craige Ingram Mystery Series 
by Hawk MacKinney.

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Blurb:
Blood and
Gold
, the third book in The Craige Ingram Mystery Series, once again
tests the instincts and skills of retired Navy SEAL/part-time private investigator
Craige Ingram. Lust, greed, body parts and unrestrained wild sex parties are
what await Craige Ingram when he leaves the comforts of his South Carolina home
to visit his former SEAL buddy, Detective Spinner Krespinak. Set in the
Colorado underbelly of a sordid sable and faux glitz ski mecca, Detective
Spinner Krespinak suspects drugs have made their way to the snowy playground
that is Aspen. An Olympic ski hopeful is brutally murdered, Spinner vanishes,
and Craige Ingram is shot as events spin out of control with a Catch-22 no one
anticipates.
Excerpt from Blood and
Gold
:
Wilhelm Hans “Ski” Janoski lived
fast.  His reckless ice-blue wildfire
eyes ready for any thrill…snow-covered mountain, sunny beach, his latest
bedmate, or two or three.  So many
bodies, so little time.  He pointed his
ski pole up toward the high peaks they’d traversed, “That portion across the
ridge drifted more than I thought.”
           
She licked his neck and ears; gave
him a wicked purring simper.  Christy
liked the fast lane; hunted any novel untried thrill…fast living…faster
men.  She loved the wild streak in
Ski…the wilder the better.  “It wouldn’t
have taken much for those cornices to break loose.”
           
“You knew those upper slopes were
closed before we took those trails.”
           
“Sure I did.”  He coughed; spit.  “Why let virgin deep powder go to waste just
because some college jock puts on a ski patrol parka; marks boundaries he don’t
know shit about?  Not the kind of skiing
this Olympic gold medalist likes.  Ski
boundaries and groomed slopes are for weekender fat cats who sit by the fire;
guzzle martinis and margaritas; fat-up on chips and guacamole dip.”  Peacock bluster…Ski Janoski’s
trademark.  Guffed, “All their BS about
avalanches…gimme a break!  Even a
half-assed skier can outrun an avalanche. 
Avalanches are nothing but big balls of snow.  “No mountain ever bested hot-dogger Janoski.”
Ski howled his challenge at Mother Nature. 
“…no mountain ever will!”
Author
bio and links:
With
postgraduate degrees and faculty appointments in several medical universities,
Hawk MacKinney has taught graduate courses in both the United States and
Jerusalem. In addition to professional articles and texts on chordate
neuroembryology, Hawk has authored several works of fiction.
Hawk
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.

“Without
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.” —
Barbara
Casey, President; 
Barbara
Casey Literary Agency
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