A vast majority of writers have careers that do not involve writing. I’m no different. I’ve been employed by the Federal government for over seventeen years and I have several more years of service ahead of me. Recently, I was offered the opportunity to work for an agency located at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center which is located on the Georgia coast and, after discussing the matter with my family, decided to make the move.
So, the launch of my novel Bolt Action Remedy at Mystery Lovers Bookshop in Oakmont, PA on 10/7 will be my last Pittsburgh-area event for the foreseeable future. This area and its people have inspired my writing and given me more support than I could have ever anticipated. I will always treasure the friendships I’ve made here and the spirit of western Pennsylvania will go with me as I head south. Several people have asked if I will keep setting my books in Pittsburgh. I know my next couple will be set there and then we will have to see. I have a hunch Pittsburgh will find its way into most of my future works. I feel like I should write something else here, but I’m not good with goodbyes. So, we’ll just call this a Prologue to a new adventure. Check back to find out what is included in the future chapters.
Thank you all.
J.J. Hensley is the author of RESOLVE, a Thriller Award finalist which is set against the backdrop of the Pittsburgh Marathon, Measure Twice, Chalk’s Outline, and other works. Hensley is a former police officer and former Special Agent with the U.S. Secret Service.
Watch for my new book, BOLT ACTION REMEDY, in October 2017! Preorder now!
Former Pittsburgh narcotics detective Trevor Galloway has been hired to look into the year-old homicide of a prominent businessman who was gunned down on his estate in Central Pennsylvania. When Galloway arrives, he determines the murder could have only been committed by someone extremely skilled in two areas: Skiing and shooting. He believes the assailant should not be too difficult to identify given the great amount of skill and athleticism needed to pull off the attack. When he discovers the victim’s property is next door to a biathlon training camp, the situation becomes significantly more complicated.
Galloway makes plenty of enemies as he sifts through stories about lucrative land deals, possible drug connections, and uncovers evidence suggesting the homicide may have been elaborate suicide. As he attempts to navigate through an unfamiliar rural landscape, he does his best not to succumb to an old drug addiction, or become confused by one of his occasional hallucinations. Oh, and a Pittsburgh drug gang enforcer known as The Lithuanian—if he’s even real—is tracking Galloway and wants to take his eyes. Galloway would rather keep those.
In Bolt Action Remedy, the typically quiet streets of Washaway Township, Pennsylvania become the epicenter of a mystery involving elite athletes and old grudges. For Galloway, the problems keep piling up and somebody out there believes problems should be dealt with by employing the most permanent of remedies.
Cyprus Keller wants a future.
Jackson Channing has a past.
Robert Chalk has a rifle and a mission. Kill Cyprus Keller and anyone who gets in his way.
An addict is killing Pittsburgh city officials, but Homicide Detective Jackson Channing has his own addiction.
In the Pittsburgh Marathon, more than 18,000 people will participate. 4,500 people will attempt to cover the full 26.2 miles. Over 200 of the participants will quit, realizing it just wasn’t their day. More than 100 will get injured and require medical treatment. One man is going to be murdered. When Dr. Cyprus Keller lines up to start the race, he knows a man is going to die for one simple reason. He’s going to kill him.
And look for my short story FOUR DAYS FOREVER in the LEGACY anthology