Lying, Cheating and Occ
asionally…Murder! Ginny Fite
Meet Harold Munson who was a successful real estate broker about to land a huge deal. But, unfortunately that would be the last deal he ever made. Someone wanted him out of the way and it’s up to Detective Sam Lagarde to sort through the many suspects including his distant, cold and unfeeling wife, Charlotte.
Harold’s car is found on the side of Weigle Insurance Company. It literally crashed into the side but how and why? when Sam’s team arrives from the West Virginia State Police Troop 2 Command it’s his role to be the person or main investigator in charge. Two gunshots to the head but how, who and why? Joined by his new partner Corporal Jim Taylor, who starts out as a novice but becomes quite astute and an asset to Sam, they search for a dangerous killer.
Dr. Charlotte Rolle, met Sam and from that point on that first moment he knew she was the one he wanted or was she? But, as you get to know her you will realize that there are many sides to Charlotte and you wonder whether she’s Dr. Jekyll, Mrs. Hyde or Cruella Deville. Married to this personality-changing woman, she is geared up to find the cure for brain cancer at any cost.
Harold for all to see was a commercial real estate broker and he and Charlotte were going through a divorce. Each one having their own separate lives and knowing unfaithful and determined to stay apart. But, the author flashes back to several moments when they were together to help readers understand what alienated them and what drove Charlotte. Charlotte’s childhood, teen years and young adult years as she strived to please her demeaning and verbally abusive father who never seemed pleased with her and yet she never gave up and soared to the top or what she thought was the pinnacle of her career until it was not.
Harold was murdered and Taylor and Sam did extensive questioning of everyone that might have seen something, heard anything or even witnessed who might have shot him. But, within this plot there is a sinister force that will stop at nothing to kill anyone that stands in the way of the goals planned. Nick Waters is Charlotte’s toy boy, paying him to take care of her needs at will. Mike Wiseman is another of her special projects and when dealing with these men and others she uses them as diversions not anything permanent.
Harold we learn is smart and in order to get something to hold over her head he finds a flash drive with her research information and learns that her figures were off and wrong. When he approaches her you won’t believe the response. Charlotte’s life is her research and when the others including Dr. Dickerson her boss, learns of the errors what follows is a series of catastrophic events.
Sam’s girlfriend Beverly, is smart, calm and knows how to direct him in the right direction. Did Charlotte kill Harold to get it all and keep her career? What happens when Sam delves into the murder too deep? What about the next murder? Charlotte intends to win the Nobel Prize and will stop at nothing until she succeeds.
Charlotte has competition in the name of Betty Liu and she has to figure out a way to draw her over to her side and way of thinking.
Charlotte aimed for a 98 percent cure rate and will succeed at all costs. Dealing with Nick Waters she manages to convince him to do something that might get him incarcerated. When another body is found what Charlotte does makes you wonder just how much of a psychopath she really is. Justifying her actions and not caring about anyone but herself and what she wants when the truth about her research comes out another victim decides a different way out. Having been humiliated as a child, teen and young adult by her father she opts to try and create a way to link Liu into her web of deceit. What she decides is typical Charlotte and she might event entice her to join her team. But, when Dr. Harrison Norton reviews her work and her statistics things take on a huge turn. Harold’s voice is heard within this flashback and we learn about the thumb drive with the data on it that would take down Rolle. Dealing with a property issue and dispute related to their divorce, would this data on the drive be a motive for Rolle to rid the world of Harold?
When the final scenes are played we learn the root of the murders as Beverly is placed in danger, Sam has to hope to rescue her and the agility of Taylor will endear readers to him as a strong character. As the plot progresses he begins to ask the right questions but when Sam gets a voicemail from Beverly her quick thinking will hopefully lead him to her. Just what happens to her you will not believe as one diabolical kidnapper and one murderer both justify their actions by Lying Cheating and of course occasionally, why not Murder?
The lives of millions are at stake if the wrong formula and clinical trials do not adhere to the guidelines and the promises made to eradicate brain cancer. Nick Waters is a pawn in her plan. Nick waited until 1:30 Am in the post office parking lot on Charles Town Road for him to drive by after his client meeting. Someone shot him was it Nick? Mark Wiseman what was he hired to do? Just how many men were on her payroll? What about her relationship with Dickerson at the end? Why would he be another pawn in her devious road to the Nobel Prize? Charlotte rationalized that everyone was trying to ruin her career and that what she did was justified. What role did one other person play? What about Harold’s parents having to deal with his death? Who murdered Harold, why and for what reasons? Sometimes the obvious is more complicated than what is hidden beneath the sheets of deception and deceit. Author Ginny Fite gives readers much pause for thought when a well renowned scientist decides to take matters in her own hand, devise her own numbers and facts in order to attain her goals. Sam Lagarde is a strong character and determined to solve the case but when Beverly becomes the final pawn will he get there in time? In order to reinvent herself and make her father proud even now Charlotte Rolle follows her own rules, plans and plots but what will the dice roll in her direction or will she roll craps?
Fran Lewis: Just reviews/MJ magazine