One Eight Seven
Author: H.L. LeRoy
Series: ALT. Jack Daniels/Jillian Varela Mystery (A loosely tied together series. But any of the stories can be read as a standalone.)
Publisher: Kindle Worlds
Release Date: Mar 2, 2015
Edition/Formats Available In: eBook
Lt. “Jack” Daniels’ mom doesn’t just enjoy guilt trips she buys your ticket, packs your bag, and stamps your passport. Now she has Jack reluctantly heading to San Francisco in an effort to solve the murder of a drag queen superstar.
Teamed up with a tough-as-nails local P.I., Jillian Varela, Jack figures it will be an easy case. But what her mom didn’t tell her was that she would be helping a Mafia don with a long list of enemies.
As the bodies begin to stack up, it becomes obvious that Mom’s “simple job” has turned into something both dangerous and deadly.
One Eight Seven is the first book in this loosely tied together series. I had so much fun reading this short story that didn't seem so short. It was so full of Jack and Jillian's working to solve a case that I never noticed how fast it was to read. Even after the book I pondered what they did when I left them. These two very strong women are a scary duo. They can either kick your ass or make you get on your knees in supplication. They know how to take care of business and themselves.
H.L. LeRoy has written a collection of diverse characters that are hilarious together. The book is fast paced and action packed. One thing is for sure it left me wanting more of these two. It is also a stand alone and can be thoroughly enjoyed all by its self, but after reading it you will want to read more. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a good laugh, some action, and kick ass women who can make men drool.
It was three-fifteen in San Francisco making it five-fifteen p.m. in Chicago. Herb would already be down the stairs and headed to his car. That left one person I could call. My erstwhile partner, Harry McGlade, now a third-rate, bordering on worthless P.I. Besides being a major thorn in my side, Harry had sold a stupid TV series, Fatal Autonomy, with a supporting character based on me. The writer had placed the fictional Jack Daniels on the extreme low end of the stupid scale, and the whole thing had damn near ruined my police career.
I decided that I didn't want to talk to Harry after all, and I started to hang up.
Too late. The phone rang once and he picked up. "Thank God. After the ball gag problem last night, I was worried you wouldn't call me again."
"Harry, it's Jack."
"Jackie! I thought you were my date from last night. She—"
"Stop! I don't want to hear about it."
"Okay. Sure. Hey, I hear you're in San Francisco consorting with drag queens."
I'm going to clobber Herb and his big mouth. "I need you to check out a P.I. for me. Name of Jillian Varela, based in San Jose."
"Give me a second." I heard Harry tapping on his computer.
Harry whistled. "I've got a picture. Get a load of her. She's hot."
There was silence for a few seconds. Silence where Harry was involved was never good.
"Harry? What are you doing?"
"I'm—uh . . ."
"Never mind. Forget I even brought it up."
"Say, can I come out and help you?"
Having Harry come out ranked right up there with removing my eyes with a grapefruit spoon. "No, you can't come out. Tell me her background."
"She's thirty. Her dad and mom escaped from Cuba. They had two daughters, Jillian and Lisa. Jillian joined the Marines, staying two tours as an MP. Um. She became a cop, but only for a couple of years. She quit and opened a gym. She runs her P.I. business out of the back. At least ask her if she needs a partner."
"She's had success. She solved a child killer cold case. When she caught up to the guy he was trying to snatch a ten year old off the street and she beat the crap out of him before calling the police. Then she got the goods on a skeevy cop taking protection money from an underage prostitute. She also caught a serial killer who'd been active in three states. She fights MMA for fun. She sounds even tougher than you."
Not likely. "That it?"
"When the two of you team up, you'll be Jack and Jillian. That's pretty good, huh?"
"Shut up Harry. Is that it?"
"No. Tell me again why we shouldn't get married."
"We're not the same species?"
"Jackie, you hurt me."
"It'll be okay, Harry. You'll find someone to love, someone who won't turn you in."
"Wait a minute. Tell your blubbery partner I found his mom on the internet. She looks— "
I hung up.
Harry's the guy who asks, "What is that perfume?" right after he farts so everyone takes a deep breath. What an idiot.
I called the number Phil had given me. Jillian answered, directing me to an address on Broadway.
Okay, Jillian Varela. You sound professional, and you've been successful. I'll talk to you, but I'm still going to be on a redeye.
Mellena: How do you decide on your cover?
H.L.: In collaboration with the cover designer. I generally have an idea of what I'd like to see, which character (if any) or what scene in the book. They send me a draft and we go from there.
Mellena: Do your main characters have a real life inspiration?
H.L.: Typically, not. Although, there are bits and pieces of people I've known and a little of me as well.
Mellena: What author do you admire most?
H.L.: Way too many to pick just one. How about a few? Certainly, Joe Konrath will have to lead the list. Then Arthur Conan Doyle, Cormac McCarthy, Stephen King, Janet Evanovich, and many more.
Mellena: What are you working on now? What is your next project?
H.L.: I'm finishing up with the second in the Fountain of the Earth series. It's called Heralds of Juno and should be completed this fall. After that, I have a third Fountain novel, a political thriller, and a P.I. novel in the works.
Mellena: Have you ever had writer's block? What is your best cure if you have? Or how do you keep it at bay?
H.L.: Never writer's block but I do have worries that I'll never finish. When I get stumped, I force myself to write through it.
Mellena: Do you have a movie you love to watch over and over? Which one scares you so much you can't sleep?
H.L.: DIE HARD is one of those movies I can watch again and again. As far as unable to sleep, no. However, ALIEN (1979) comes the closest.
Mellena: How much research do you usually do for a book? What is your biggest research gathering tool?
H.L.: I actually do a lot of research, particularly for settings. I know that when I see a factual error in a book, it takes me completely out of the story. I have many reference books that I use and the internet is a godsend.
H. L. (Holly) LeRoy is an award winning, American short story writer and novelist. Born in San Jose, California, LeRoy currently resides in the Sierra Nevada Mountains with his family.
When J. A. Konrath approached me with the opportunity to write in Lieutenant Jack Daniels’ world, I jumped at the chance. Since my other works are in the mystery/thriller/action/adventure genres and tell the stories of strong female protagonists confronting impossible situations, I knew it was a perfect fit.
Amazon Publishing has secured licenses from Warner Bros. Television Group's Alloy Entertainment for Gossip Girl, Pretty Little Liars, and The Vampire Diaries; Valiant Entertainment for Archer & Armstrong, Bloodshot, Harbinger, Shadowman, and X-O Manowar; J. A. Konrath's Jack Daniels series, Hugh Howey's Silo Saga; Barry Eisler's John Rain novels; Blake Crouch's Wayward Pines series; and The Foreworld Saga by Neal Stephenson, Greg Bear, Mark Teppo, Eric Bear, Joseph Brassey, Nicole Galland, and Cooper Moo. Licenses for more Worlds are on the way.
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Other Works by H.L. LeRoy
(A LT. Jack Daniels/Jillian Varela Mystery)
One Eight Seven (1)
Can Be Read As a Stand Alone
Can Be Read As a Stand Alone
Pooled Blood (3)
Can Be Read As a Stand Alone
The Fountain of the Earth Series
Sudden End (Prequel)
The Fountain of the Earth (Book 1)
Heralds of Juno (Book 2) Coming 2015
Hollow Point (Coming Soon)
Malibu Blues (Coming Soon)