Thursday, July 19, 2012

Murder In Silence

I'm pleased to welcome Gary Kassay, a former member of the NYPD Transit K-9 unit. Gary's here to tell us about his upcoming release Murder In Silence. I love the cover by the way. Don't you?
I would like to thank Sandra Cox at Sandra’s Blog for inviting me to the blog.  It is an honor to be included here and I thank you for posting my guest blog.

The first of the Duke Becker series, Murder in Silence, is being released on 07-05-12.  Let me give you a little background on myself and the inspiration for Inspector Duke Becker.  Back in 1982 I was in training with the New York Transit Police Department for the Canine Unit.  The training was intense and probably the best time I ever had.  One day an event occurred and I immediately thought to myself what a great plot for a book! (No, I am not going to tell you what that event was…it would spoil everything.)  In any case, I thought about that book till 2004, 22 years of developing the plot, characters and dialogue.  The result is Murder in Silence and the sequels that will follow.  Here is a small sample from Murder in Silence…I hope you enjoy it!

I gave Jimmy a smile and walked off to sit with everyone
else. Tyree gave a loud whistle, and Carlos and Lucifer came
walking onto the field. Lucifer was huge, at least 120 pounds, with a
dark red coat.
Tyree stood behind Jimmy, grabbing onto his belt as Jimmy
put his arm out in front of him. Carlos brought Lucifer in front of
him, about four feet away. Ben was behind Carlos, I guessed in case
something went wrong. My heart was pounding. I couldn’t believe
that Jimmy was about to take a hit from a dog that exerted so much
pressure and had such big, sharp teeth.
Tyree nodded, and Carlos yelled out, “Watch!”
Lucifer dipped his head, turning it to the side. He was
looking at Jimmy with only one eye, and saliva was flowing out of
his mouth. Other than that, he didn’t look as if he was ready to
attack. I couldn’t have been more wrong.
Tyree gave Carlos another nod, and he yelled out, “Get
Lucifer moved so fast that I didn’t actually see the hit.
Jimmy nearly went down on one knee, but Tyree held him up. His
face was contorted in pain, but to his credit, he shook Lucifer as
much as he could. It seemed like an eternity, but after maybe fifteen
seconds, Carlos moved in to remove Lucifer. He grabbed him under
his throat, lifting his front paws off the ground, and held him like
that till Lucifer released Jimmy’s arm. Carlos walked off with him,
giving him a great deal of praise.
I ran out onto the field as Tyree removed the wrap. Jimmy
looked a bit faint, but he was holding on. When Tyree removed the
leather sheath, there was blood on Jimmy’s arm. One of Lucifer’s
teeth had gone through the wrap and punctured Jimmy’s skin.
Ben called Carlos and Lucifer back over, and when they got
close, he pointed to the blood on Jimmy’s arm. I wasn’t sure what
he was going to do, but I didn’t think they had done anything
Ben walked over and said in a loud voice, “Good boy! Now
that’s the way to give a hit! Good job, Carlos, give that dog an extra
treat tonight.”
Title: Murder in Silence (Murder, Book 1)
Author: Gary Kassay
Publisher: Sapphire Star Publishing
Length: 100,000 words
Genres: Mystery/Thrillers/Suspense (Non-Romance)

Available at:
Sapphire Star Publishing (Coming Soon)

Two police officers have been brutally killed by having their throats ripped out, but the wound appears to have been done with surgical precision.  With no witnesses, no forensic evidence, and two bizarre clues to follow, the case falls to Inspector Duke Becker, head of the high profile Special Investigations Unit, Homicide.

Becker and his squad must find the killer before more cops are murdered. The case will lead Becker on a wild chase through the streets of New York City, back over 15 years into the past and to a cover-up that will rock City Hall.

Along with his brash, wildly dressed young partner, Jimmy Nova, the beautiful Michelle Goldman, Augie “Doggie” Rivera, and the Mutt and Jeff team of Bobby Green and Joe Robinson, Becker will need to enlist his boyhood friend in charge of CSU, Manny Velez. 

Add a ruthless newswoman known to the NYPD as “”Wicked Witch Wilson” and a new love interest for Becker in the gorgeous and brilliant Dr. Elizabeth Cunningham, Becker is about to embark on the most difficult and dangerous case in his 20 plus years. Will Becker and his squad be able to catch the killer before more cops die or will the killer have the last laugh?  
About the Author:
Gary Kassay, author of the Duke Becker Series, is a former member of the NYPD Transit K-9 Unit.  Besides a career as a Police Officer, he has been the owner of a commercial photo company, an X-ray tech for humans and animals, and a TSA employee. He now resides in Casper, Wyoming with his wife Raella, three dogs, and one black cat.  

When Gary is not working on the next installment of his Duke Becker series, he enjoys spending quiet times with his wife, reading, and when there isn't snow on the ground, a good round of golf.

1 comment:

  1. I'm pleased to meet you, Gary. I enjoyed your excerpt, but I wouldn't want to volunteer!

    We have several police dog handlers who live in our neighborhood. (I'm in New Zealand)

    All the best with your new release.