~Each of David’s Novels is displayed below ~
Money & Murder, a Matt Kile Mystery, a Short Story with Bonus Content.
P.Q. Winston Rutledge is the richest man in Copper City, Arizona, and he believes someone will soon try to kill him. The story quickly deteriorates into murder, and the ambitions of relatives in pursuit of his fortune. PQ’s family is a collection of oddballs with a common bloodline. Fascinating people you’d love to have at your next dinner party, but each comes with their own set of secrets and entanglements. PQ is survived by a widow, the same age as his daughter, and two sons, one of whom—well, you’ll have to read the story. You won’t be sorry you did.
The Original Alibi, A Matt Kile Mystery.
Eleven years ago General Whittaker, long retired, former member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, bought an alibi for his grandson who had been arrested for the murder of his fiancée, Ileana Corrigan, and the general’s unborn great grandson. The charges were soon dropped and the grandson released. General Whittaker is now dying and he can no longer restrain his doubts. The question that has haunted him all these years must be answered. Did his money save his innocent grandson or cheat justice?
The Beholder has already been referred to as Sex in the City meets Hannibal Lecter.
“If you love Stephanie Plum, you’ll love Maddie Richards. Another book reviewer said, “If Maddie Richards doesn’t become a major motion picture character, someone somewhere is missing the boat.” Another reviewer said, ”Pick up The Beholder and you’ll discover a hard-edged homicide sergeant who also conveys the vulnerabilities that only a mother can have.” And another, “Maddie Richards is a keeper and her book is one to definitely read.”
Maddie Richards is an efficient and resourceful detective with a secret wish that she could handle her messy personal life as well as she handles her work life. As a homicide sergeant for the Phoenix, Arizona, Police Department she has one of the highest solve rates in America. Her success leads the chief of police to assign her a serial killer case. Some sicko the press calls The Beholder is killing beautiful women. Her chief describes the case as “a career maker or breaker, get me?”
Maddie has an ex-husband she still cares for, but who was bad for her and her ten-year-old son. Her widowed mother who lives with her is both a blessing and a trial. And, oh yes, her ex-husband has married an extremely wealthy and politically connected woman who cannot give birth. So, Maddie’s ex files a motion to obtain permanent custody of their son, citing the risks attendant to Maddie’s police work endanger the boy.
If that were not enough, the brother-in-law of the chief of police is using his position as an administrative assistant to sexually harass Maddie. Her efforts to deal with the man are complicated because the department’s good-old-boys network is watching how she handles the situation.
Further complicating Maddie’s life is two love interests: Gary Packard, a hunk who recently moved in across the street, and Lincoln Rogers, a confirmed bachelor, who lives thousands of miles away and works for the FBI.
As the story races toward its climax, Maddie is betrayed by those closest to her, and she begins to believe her own name may be on the killer’s list.
Who Murdered Garson Talmadge “As good a mystery as I’ve ever read.” Another review writer said, “There are many good mystery writers out there, but in my view, Bishop is rapidly moving into the top rank.”
Matt Kile, ex-cop and ex-con, and current smart-aleck, who is a neighbor of Mr. and Mrs. Talmadge, has built himself a comfortable career writing mysteries. Garson Talmadge sold weapons to Saddam Hussein before retiring to America and marrying Clarice, a promiscuous woman half his age, and a woman with whom Matt Kile has been involved. When Clarice is arrested for murdering her husband, Matt becomes the investigator for her defense attorney. He quickly learns there is a line of suspects stretching from the U.S. into Europe and possibly the Middle East.
Not long after getting involved in the case Matt learns that Garson Talmadge’s weapons dealings means the FBI has an interest as well as the French Prefecture of Police. It also means that powerful members of the French government and armaments industry wants to keep Matt from following the trail far enough to expose their roles in the weapons deals.
Told in the first person, Matt shares his thoughts and wise remarks as he weaves his way through a mass of plots twists and turns to its conclusion, and finally learns Who Murdered Garson Talmadge.
The Third Coincidence is today’s novel that could become tomorrow’s headline.
Jack McCall is called in after two U.S. Supreme Court Justices and one Federal Reserve Governor are found dead within two weeks. President Samuel Schroeder asks Jack, a veteran intelligence officer and currently an assistant to the Director of the CIA, to head up a special muti agency task force to find the killers. The FBI, having lost its bid to lead the investigation, designates as its representative, Rachel Johnstone, an agent with whom Jack has some personal history.
The Third Coincidence unfolds amidst continued assassinations, confirmation hearings for nominees to fill the vacancies on the Court and Federal Reserve Bank Board, political talk shows, a collapsing stock market, and the struggle of the Supreme Court to sustain a quorum.
In the spirit of The Day of the Jackal and The Manchurian Candidate, this story, set in modern time, is juxtaposed through the eyes and actions of Jack McCall and the assassin as he carries out his carefully orchestrated plan to alter the judicial and financial fabric of America.
The Woman, “David Bishop has mastered the art . . . I am a fan.”
Linda Darby is an ordinary woman living an ordinary life, until . . .
There are approximately one-hundred-and-sixty million women living in America. This is the story of just one woman and the events that change who she is, what she thinks, and how she will live the remainder of her life.
Linda Darby is a seven-year divorcee, living quietly in a small let-the-world-go-by beach town on the coast of Oregon, who day trades for a living. Her only close friend is a widowed elderly woman who manages a small consulting company which, as is later discovered, never has visitors, sends and receives its business correspondence only by courier, and is not listed in any phone directories. No one in town knows what kind of consulting the company does, but the rumor is that whatever they do, they do it for the government.
Linda doesn’t date local men. When her celibacy grows intolerable, she visits nearby towns to frequent the watering holes of successful men. Her motto: No relationships. No second dates. No use of her real name during one-night stands.
Then one evening, Linda goes for a walk and nothing for her is ever the same. She is dragged into an alley by two men, but saved by a third, a stranger who disappears as suddenly as he had appeared. He warns her that the local police cannot be trusted. The following day she learns that hours before she had been dragged into the alley, her best friend had been tortured and killed. The next night, she awakens several hours after going to sleep to find a man sitting in her bedroom, watching her.
As the story unfolds Linda gradually learns that some people do deserve to die, but that she is not one of those people.
The Blackmail Club
Washington, D.C., is a town full of powerful people hiding ugly secrets. The blackmailer, a renaissance man, keeps his promise: pay me, I’ll return the evidence of your indiscretions and illegalities and you’ll never hear from me again. His victims, having paid and not been further extorted are reticent to admit having been blackmailed.
Jack McCall, a former operative for the U.S. intelligence community and now a private investigator is assisted by Nora Burke, his sexy assistant, and Max Logan, a retired detective of Irish-Scottish parentage.
Chock full of colorful characters from the worlds of politics, art, and the media, The Blackmail Club is a cerebral, physical and sexy five-course gourmet meal of mystery. Sit back and fasten your seat belt, relax, and be entertained while you try to fit together the final pieces before you turn the final pages.
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