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By: Jack Billings

Bargains

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Veteran detectives Betty Kovaks and Jeff Wheeler take an early morning call to investigate an arson and murder. With Kovaks’ intuition and Wheeler’s methodical style, their partnership combines astute crime scene assessment and scientific evidence to build a shrewd investigation.

Vetted by three veteran detectives, this work will appeal to crime drama readers who expect realism and crisp dialogue.

The investigation dives deeply into the grip of methamphetamine addiction and fencing stolen property. Unconventional twists await: murder, death by sepsis, a car bomb, deportation to India, and a fatal encounter with a PTSD afflicted homeowner.

The narrative’s underpinnings rise from the author’s decades of experience as a state trial judge, criminal defense attorney, and assistant district attorney.

"Interesting characters, engaging story, accurate police work. A good read." 

Kurt Wuest,
Lane County Sheriff’s Office Detective, (ret.)

"Crafted from his decades of experience, Billings weaves a compelling tale of criminals' lives in raw peril. He aptly portrays the addict as delinquent and victim in a savvy blend of mystery and suspense."

– Sherry Sandreth, PhD.

Jack Billings is a retired jurist and attorney. He began writing for publication in 2016 as he authored four journal and magazine articles. These stories were derived from his international and United States river adventures and a flotilla cruise through the Inside Passage of British Colombia. In late 2019, he turned his attention to fiction and dialogue.


His debut collection of short stories, Some of This is Real, was published by Amazon KDP in 2020. The last story, The Interrogation, introduced detectives Betty Kovaks and Jeff Wheeler.


Bargains, his first novel, brings Kovaks and Wheeler together again in this complexity of murder, arson, and betrayal.


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