by Bob McElwain


    "An outstanding blend 
     of great characters and 
     a plot that will keep you 
     guessing throughout."



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Pain exploded in his ribs.

Then in a thigh, close to his groin. Then again in his face. Each burst expanded until colliding with another, building into one shuddering, searing ball of agony.

He was suddenly gripped from behind and yanked bodily from the ground. The face came closer. Over his ragged breathing, he faintly heard, "The name of your client?"

Realization flowed over him, then a rush of stark terror. To give Terri's name would mean death for them both. He would not be able to deny them for long.

It wasn't hard to fake the faint, to collapse against the burly arms squeezing the air from his lungs, to hang limply. But the arms did not loosen their grip. Desperately, in total despair, he stomped downward, seeking an instep. A fist rammed up into his solar plexus.

The high keening wail pierced the sphere of raging agony. As if from a long way off. Jack wondered if it had been his. Then wondered if he would ever scream again. Then wondered nothing at all.

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About This Great Book

Terri Delaney is on her way to becoming a major player in the television news industry. She has an awesome ability to impact people in a positive way. But a blackmailer is intent upon destroying her.

While Jack Collier is a private investigator, very good at his work, he really wants nothing more to do with the business. His efforts seem to be creating more downer time than gains. But when he meets Terri, he comes to believe he can make a positive difference in her life.

While Jack continues to claim differently, he knows he may not make it happen. He and Terri face far greater power than any blackmailer can claim.

A classy who-done-it with plenty of fast paced action. And, for a change, a classy private investigator with a positive upbeat view of life. You'll love it.


From A Review

From the first descriptive page to the final wrap-up, this novel grabs your attention much like a "Die-Hard" film. Jack Collier, a "been-around-the-block" experienced private investigator takes on a case involving a stunning TV reporter who is being blackmailed for an indiscretion in Las Vegas many years ago...

...He's one of those "characters" that every man wants to be and every woman wants to love.


From The Author

I finished the first version of Blackmail in 1990. The results simply were not good enough. So I laid it aside.

I turned back to the plot with a stronger set of characters in 1992. I wasn't able to sell it, and I've wondered about that. The plot is off-beat; this may be part of it. And the opening is a bit slow. But I do like the continuing crescendo that follows to the wrap. I hope you enjoy it as well.

Bob McElwain

P.S.: Here's a bit from the book I especially like.

"Wait?" she cried softly. "I'm sick of it. Now you're asking me to wait for a killer to find me ..."

Jack leaned over and captured both her hands in his. "Terri," he said fervently, "we're into the final laps. We've the fuel. The tires are good. And the engine is purring. Here's where we shove it to the floor. Run flat out. Take it right to the edge. God help me, but I think that's what this thing called living is all about."

"Oh how I wish I could feel that way."


Other Tales By Bob

Blowback - Thugs burst into Dr. Wade Turklen's home, brutally assaulting and slashing the throats of his wife and two teenage daughters. He is shot and left for dead. Was his family the victims of a random attack or was he the target, and his family killed only to cover that fact? Fueled by hatred and bent on revenge, he sets out on a mission that may very well destroy the very essence of whom he believes himself to be. more...

Slaughter on Maple Street - Officially Marsha Rieker and five others were murdered by a crazy. As Kyle, her brother, wraps her affairs, he discovers why she died: she had information the CIA does not want released. When an attempt is made on his life, he suspects they believe he now has it. Badly in need of help, he gathers a team of competent professionals who have fought beside him in Special Forces. Even as they prepare to move out, each man knows he may not make it this time. more...

Lethal Wind - Harry Boggs is the man to see about cocaine. And he's accumulated 200 million bucks dealing the stuff. Can one man buck this kind of power? Scott Macklen is not at all sure he can. But he knows that if he does not, he will die. A masterful mix of coke, violence, and murder, delivered skillfully to create a fast, easy read, difficult to put down. more...

Take the Shot - When the body of the latest victim of a serial rapist is accidently discovered, Lisa Anders knows she is also slated to die, for she can identify the killer. Should she flee? Abandon her hopes and dreams for a successful career? Or stay and tough it out? With ex-cop Todd Hallster at her side, Lisa reluctantly decides to stay. Immediately she realizes she may have made the greatest mistake of her life, one she may not survive. more...

Strike Terror - Kate wants to know why Nick attacked a sniper without a weapon, and she means to see the story printed. Nick tries to duck her, then finds they are irrevocably linked in a desperate effort to survive. Their only hope lies in discovering the true purpose of the terrorists determined to destroy them. A fast-paced no-stopping page-turner. more...

Those Who Betray - Initially, Eva Starling, a noted economist, only needs answers from Mark Rippet to questions about how his dad went bankrupt. When they realize their lives are at risk because she asked them, other questions overwhelm. And survival becomes the primary goal. Fast paced action at its best. more...

Fatal Games (Pageant Press, 1989)
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