A Bullet for the Ghost Whisperer: Stan Schatt
Wouldn’t it be nice to have an angel or spirit protecting us when things get out of place or we are in trouble? Wouldn’t it be nice to have psychic powers that would enhance our abilities and enable us to be alerted to trouble, illness or sense when someone is going to hurt us? That would be great but unfortunately not everyone has this ability or a guardian spirit. Josh Harrell is a columnist and reporter for the Midnight Whisperer. Josh is a psychic and had a ghostly assistant named Andy who comes to his rescue and that of others just when needed. She is beautiful, smart and uses her abilities to often save more than just Josh.
Frankie Ryan is a police detective who has just caught an unusual case. The CEO of a startup company has been killed and her job is to find out why and who wanted this man dead. Investigating the murder would prove more than just challenging and interesting, as there was much more at stake. Dating an undercover cop she often found herself alone, hoping for his safety and not able to contact Nick. But, one last dinner and one last encounter would change her life forever. Focusing on the murder, enter Lynx the company where it took place she begins to evaluate the employees as she meets Ramona Johnson, Dixon the IT Man, Edith the one woman what wanted Price and hoped he would leave his wife and a cold-hearted wife that kept Price under her thumb because she could.
As the story progresses we learn more about Zynx and the link to another company called Applicon. Ramona Johnson is in marketing and the executives from this other company looking to stall the IPO that was supposed to take place we learn of corruption in the police department, a bust that went intentionally bad as Nick was looking into who was buying, selling and running drugs. When Frankie looked deeper into Nick’s finances and found things hidden within her own home what she learns made her think he was on the take but was he? Someone from within killed him because he knew too much and someone high way would go down. But, who and why?
Frankie Ryan has a partner whose wife is not happy with his job and when he gets shot it ends more than just their partnership. Forced to work with someone else that is not quite reliable, might not always handle cases the right way, Frankie is basically on her own except for Josh. With the hacker, Lepzig handling finding the information on Ramona and the other two suspects, Dixon and Wimple plus the victim’s wife, things started to fall into place but as they investigated they learned more about each one shining the light in many directions.
With the help of her Uncle Bill, Frankie learned more about the IT end and with the help of the hacker she learned just how someone could create a program to override the security system and create a badge that would let them into the Lynx unnoticed. The weapon might have been a gun but the silencer was a coke or soda bottle and no one would have heard anything but a loud pop and no one did.
With her new partner Specter who seemed on another wave length and Frankie realizing that was Nick’s superior might be dirty how would she get the Chief to listen to her and realize that the killer was right there? What about the detective from Internal Affairs Agnos who was after Nick and would do anything to get Frankie? Would he investigate Nick’s death in a different way and bring her into the mix? Edith Wimple is not the sweet and wonderful woman she tries to appear to be. She worked for Broadhurst Partner’s Company, as did many of the other new employees at Lynx. It appeared that Roland Price tried to steal some of their best people. Will Lepzig from Saxon was Josh’s contact and as you read chapter 19 you will get to know this man, not really like him but hope that he can get the information needed to catch the killer and find out how the extra badge was created. With her old partner Landry now on a desk job Frankie needed to rely on Josh and his powers. When they fail and he needs real help Andy usually comes through especially when he is challenged to go against Ms. Sybil to prove who is the more powerful psychic. That scene was hilarious.
When Frankie informs Chief Rankin that she hired a private investigator to look into Nick’s death the reception was not exactly what she hoped for or expected. Running financials on the background on the nine cops involved in the shootout as the Chief stared at her in disbelief. Knowing that one of their own was dirty and hoping it would not be covered up she wanted the Chief to disprove what she already knew to be true.
Frankie is smart and she approaches the one person she knows is guilty by stating that someone called the Cardinal kept records of his drug dealings. But, was she wise in giving him this information? An attempt on her life and then trying to focus at times before her meeting with someone she worked closely with, Frankie needed to connect with Josh and hone in one his skills in order to solve the case. Redirecting their thinking the team had to decide who profited from Price’s death, who gains, who does not. Edith does not get anything unless she’s might be getting paid by one of the Lynx’s competitors. Was she? Ramona loses money if the company falls apart. Dixon does not gain if the IPO fails. Roland’s wife gets ride of her cheating husband, and Seymour his partner gains and becomes CEO. Just who is behind the murder? But, there was another clever twist to the plot as the author kills off a literary agent whose way of handing out rejections was cruel and demeaning to the authors who submitted their work. Gwendolyn Brookhaven dubbed herself Literary Agent to the Stars and if you read her letter of rejection on page 114 you might understand why some authors would be angry, threaten her or maybe kill the messenger. Just how does this murder link with that of Roland Price you will have to learn for yourself when you get to know the members of Lynx, what their roles are and why anyone of them would profit from killing Price and just who might be the angry author working there. With the help of one ghostly assistant named Andy, Josh and his special skills, Frankie and her intuitive thinking will they catch two killers? But someone is too fast and Josh is critically wounded and the choice between life and death is left in his hands. Just what will his fate be and will he choose the bright light or will he continue on another path? Will Frankie catch the killer before someone else gets another one of the killer’s bullets? A Bullet for the Ghost Whisperer: Let’s hope Josh makes it so that author Stan Schatt can bring him back along with Frankie and of course Andy to hopefully solve another case.
Characters that are credible and storyline that is fast paced and will keep readers interested and the research into the technology of how someone can create the badges and override security is really quite interesting and frightening at the same time. This is definitely a must read. Wouldn’t it be nice if we all had an Andy?
Fran Lewis: Just reviews/MJ Magazine