The detective in Price of Justice, Jason Scarsdale, was created from an amalgamation of officers (male and female) I knew who had lost their spouses, and learned how to be a single parent while balancing police service with family life. I named him after my nephew in Oklahoma and for a city in upstate New York, near where I was born.
The female anti-hero, Dani Mueller, represented all the similarly situated mothers (to Dani) that I met during my time as a detective, prosecutor and defense attorney. I gave her a hometown in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, because it’s a beautiful town (in my opinion) situated in the Bavarian Alps right on the border with Austria. The highest peak in Germany, the Zugspitze, is located immediately south of the town. When I visited Garmisch during my two-year residence in Berlin, the US military had a recreational installation there for its personnel.
The novel I’m writing now, Cornered, is set in Temple, Texas. It’s a small city about an hour’s drive north of Austin and is where I worked as a police officer/detective back in the 70’s and 80’s.
Cornered is the story of a detective and a female veterinarian who become intertwined both professionally and romantically. The detective struggles to solve the mysterious disappearances of five people while sparring with the city’s politically-ambitious mayor who has her own plans for him.
The veterinarian finds evidence possibly identifying a doctor who is behind the disappearances. Before she can alert the detective, the doctor sends a professional killer to hunt her down and eliminate her.
Cornered is expected to be published by mid-2013.
Price of Justice is available at: http://www.amzn.com/B009ZI76EG and http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/price-of-justice-alan-brenham/1113017908
by Alan Brenham