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Category: 

Mystery/Suspense

Publisher:  SynergEbooks ISBN-10:  1591097959 Type: 
Pages: 

227

Copyright:  Jun 1 2003
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In BLACKOUT, Hawkman, master of mystery and former CIA agent, sets out
to find a missing mom and stumbles onto a plot so depraved and dangerous it
nearly costs him the love of his life. BLACKOUT is a chilling thriller that'll
tug your heartstrings and chills your marrow.

Excerpt from BLACKOUT

Hawkman shut down the computer, stretched his arms above his head then twisted his shoulders back and forth. Sitting in front of the monitor for hours at his office on a Sunday afternoon made him feel stiff all over.
His gaze shifted to the entry. He could have sworn he heard a soft knock. Tilting his head, he listened. Sure enough, it sounded again. He didn’t have any appointment scheduled for today, so who could this be?
Crossing the room, he grabbed the handle and threw open the door. He peered down at a small black child about five or six years old. Her big brown eyes twinkled under a mass of ebony ringlets framing her face. Clutching a rag doll in her arms, she stared up at him with a big smile exposing several gaps in her front teeth. “You must be Mr. Hawk Man. Grandpa said you had a boo boo on your eye.”
He stifled a grin and dropped to his haunches. “That’s right. What’s your name and what can I do for you?”
“I’m Amanda.” Then she turned and pointed down the stairs. “My Grandpa wants to talk to you, but he can’t get up here.”
“I guess I better go down there then,” Hawkman said, closing the door behind him and following the little girl.
She led him alongside the parking lot toward a large oak tree where a man as black as coal dust sat in a rickety wheelchair protected by the shade. Tufts of curly white hair stuck out from underneath his worn leather cowboy hat. He glanced up and grinned, holding out his hand as they approached. “Hawkman, you son of a gun, how come you don’t get no older?”
Hawkman grabbed the man’s hand with both of his. “Jesse, you old buzzard, where’ve you been keeping yourself? Haven’t seen you in ages. It’s good to see ya.” He then turned and patted the little girl’s shoulder. “How’d you come by such a pretty little granddaughter?”
The old man shoved his hat back and scratched his head. Eyeing the little girl, he pushed his fingers into one of the bib pockets of his overalls and pulled out a couple of dollars. He pointed toward one of the stores next to Hawkman’s office. “Amanda, see that little shop over there?”
Her eyes glistening with anticipation, she whirled around and vigorously nodded. “Yes, sir.”
“You go do a little shopping. Take your time, but don’t talk to no strangers and come straight back here when you’re through.”
“Okay, Grandpa. I promise I’ll be real careful.” Grinning, she plopped her rag doll into his lap and grasped the bills in her fist.
Jesse watched the child dash across the lot and disappear inside the store. Then he turned his focus back on Hawkman. “I’m concerned about my daughter.”
“Is that Destiny’s little girl?” Hawkman asked, rubbing the back of his neck. “Somehow, I can’t picture her being old enough to have a family.”
The old man moved the doll from his lap and propped it up beside him. “Yep, that’s Destiny’s baby. I didn’t know what to do with a female child after my Rose died. ‘Fraid I let the girl run wild. She got mixed up with the wrong crowd and ended up pregnant. At least she had enough scruples not to have an abortion, but she flat refused to give the child up for adoption. Said it was hers and she’d raise it. Well, I couldn’t argue with that, so she’s been with me ever since. Fortunately, she shaped up. She’s a fine mother and got a good job.”
“So what’s the problem?” Hawkman asked.
“Everything was going okay until two nights ago.” He looked away.
“Yeah, go on.”
“She never came home from playing bingo.”
  
Excerpt
The fire in Roland’s eyes slowly turned to fear and he moved closer to the desk. “Look, I’ve tried to see Destiny several times, but she won’t have a thing to do with me.”
“From what I understand, you’re very persistent. Why?”
He shrugged. “Hey, she’s a good lookin’ babe.”
“I thought you were married?”
Roland squared his shoulders. “I ain’t anymore, okay. And I found out Destiny ain’t as easy as she used to be in high school. Since she had that kid, she’s changed.”
“I thought the child belonged to a cousin and Destiny’s raising her.”
“I’m not sure about that. I think the brat’s hers.”


Professional Reviews

By Evelyn Gale
BLACKOUT!

A Hawkman Mystery

By Betty Sullivan La Pierre

Reviewed by Evelyn Gale © June 2003


Small town, missing women, bingo hall with large payouts, Indian casino a

short drive away, all pieces of Betty Sullivan La Pierre's Blackout. Enter

ex-agent Hawkman and his wife Jennifer, add an active agent and a bunch of

helpful immigrants, but take away all the evidence: no bodies, no ransom

notes, winning check not cashed, victims' cars missing.

In a small town everybody knows everybody else, so everybody knows the

victims and their pasts, everybody knows everything about everybody -- or do

they? And nobody admits to knowing where these girls are. Hawkman's

methodical investigation, little by little, uncovers evidence no one else is

aware of, but his irritating habit of keeping his plans and his hunches to

himself until he's sure he's right, accelerate to a blur the page-turn-rate

of this captivating novel.

Betty Sullivan La Pierre has done it again: Blackout is a 4 dagger mystery

with characters that capture your heart and a plot that plays with your

mind; you'll remember this book long after the story ends.



By Shirley Truax
BLACKOUT

Author: Betty Sullivan La Pierre

Publisher:

Genre: Suspense/Thriller

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Reviewed by: Shirley Truax

Member of RIO

4 1/2 Daggers





In this new and exciting book about Hawkman, his friend Jesse has asked him to locate Jesse's missing daughter Destiny. The old man is heartbroken, and Destiny has a six-year-old girl who misses her mother very much. Then there is old Rochester, the families Bloodhound who hasn't left his place on the farm's front porch since Destiny has been missing.

All Hawkman has found out so far is that Destiny had gone to play bingo with her friend René. When Destiny won a lot of money playing blackout bingo she decided to continue her winning streak at one of the Indian Casinos. René did not go with her and that turned out to be the last time she saw or heard from Destiny. Or that anyone else heard from her.

Hawkman questions the help at the bingo hall and ascertains that she left the hall alone and that no one was seen following her out of the parking lot. He then heads for the Casino. Before entering the building he recognizes an armed security guard who he remembers as an ex-agent buddy of his who, for security reasons, thinks Hawkman was killed many years ago. Max is not aware of Hawkman's new identity. Hawkman wonders what has brought such a good agent to become a security guard at a gambling casino.

As his investigation progresses Hawkman realizes he needs Max's help and therefore must reveal his new identity to Max. It was a very wise decision because he learns that Max's niece had disappeared from that same casino a month ago.

So again the dynamic duo are paired to track down these horrific kidnappers.

Ms. La Pierre has given us another action filled adventure in this, the fifth of the Hawkman series. Ms. La Pierre continues to maintain her high quality of plotting and description of place. The characters are very fleshed out and alive. It's virtually impossible not to jump into the story and live it with the people involved. I even felt real creepy during the wild, dark-woodsy scenes.

And I love easygoing, restful old Rochester. My kind of dog.



By Jude Morris

This reader/writer is a dedicated Bingo player, as well as a mystery

fanatic, so when Betty Sullivan-LaPierre's new thriller, BLACKOUT, appeared

in my inbox, I knew from the first page that I'd hit the Jackpot.


My intention had been to browse the first chapter, and then put the book

aside for my weekend reading pleasure, but a desperate old man, a delightful

little girl and the zany antics of a bunch of bingo buddies, sent my

intentions flying right out the window.


In BLACKOUT, Hawkman, master of mystery and former CIA agent, sets out

to find a missing mom and stumbles onto a plot so depraved and dangerous it

nearly costs him the love of his life. BLACKOUT is a chilling thriller that'll

tug your heartstrings and chill your marrow.


Number Five is a fabulous addition to the Hawkman Series. I loved it!


Jude Morris


Author of the Indian Creek Texas Mysteries



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