(Mark Matthews Mystery)
Scheduled for release by Untreed Reads in February, 2013
Counterfeit prescription drugs are being distributed in every American city. Hundreds of innocent people are dying. Behind this pandemic is a cartel run by previous Cosa Nostra members. The Cleveland Bureau of the FBI has set up a Pharmaceutical Drug Squad of Special Agents to close down the cartel’s operations.
When one of these Agents is murdered, Special Agent Mark Matthews is assigned to the squad in his place. Mark is teamed up with Special Agent Wendy Farrell and the two fall in love.
To further complicate matters, there is a spy among the Special Agents who is leaking information about the FBI’s plans. The Special Agent in Charge, Dennis Petersen, is unsure of who to trust leading to a number of stings and betrayals.
Agents continue to be killed as the antagonist Marco Vennuti protects the illegal operations from the deepening probes of the FBI investigation. However, unknown to him, his mob boss, as part of a power play, is working for the demise of the drug operation at Atronen Pharmaceuticals, where Marco is employed and for the ultimate demise of Vennuti.
The Justice Department sends Inspector Milton Bagnold to Cleveland to conduct a special investigation into the multiple deaths of Special Agents. Bagnold helps uncovernew evidence as the noose closes around Marco Vennuti.
When Mel Tarkington, who was responsible for the death of Mark’s former lover, Special Agent Susan Harrigan, comes out of hiding to kill Mark, a shootout results on the streets of Cleveland.
Fatal Dose is action packed from the somber beginning to the unexpected end.
There are numerous plots and sub-plots that take the reader down dark and sinister paths.
Fatal Dose is, as is so often said, “ripped from the headlines”.