A spellbinding tale of deceit, betrayal, dark choices, and murder that reviewers describe as "gripping," "full of suspense and thrills," and "hard to put down."
Inspired by a shocking true story, Come What May, the debut book in the new Ben Malone detective mystery series, is a high-stakes thrill ride through the gritty underbelly of the City of Angels.
Hollywood Division detective Ben Malone is caught up in a run of bad luck. The worst of it, his unfortunate entanglement in three separate fatal on-duty shootings in less than a year at a time when activists are protesting the use of deadly force by police and provoking riots all over the country.
The spate of shootings has his LAPD superiors questioning his judgment. Is he too quick to use deadly force?
Relieved from street duty, Malone is sequestered in Robbery-Homicide Division's Cold Case Homicide Section to keep him under wraps while he undergoes department-mandated psychiatric evaluation. His work-related problems compounded by a vindictive ex-wife who seems intent on bleeding him dry financially sends Malone into a spiral of depression that soon has him drinking too much in the attempt to cope.
Initially resentful over his reassignment to the cold case section, Malone's attitude starts to change when his new partner, Jaime Reyes, introduces him to the files of a cold as ice, 23-year-old unsolved murder case. The more he reads, the more certain he becomes that the theory pursued by the original investigators, death resulting from a burglary gone sideways, was completely wrong.
While Malone and Reyes know the decades-old murder doesn't fit the unit's criteria for reopening a cold case for active investigation, the more Malone studies the case, the more obsessed he becomes with trying to solve it. He and Reyes soon embark on an "off-the-books" investigation that predictably creates, even more problems, especially for Malone. It quickly becomes clear that there are powerful forces at work both inside and outside the LAPD determined to keep the truth behind the murder buried.
The more resistance he encounters, the more unwavering Malone becomes in his unwillingness to let sleeping dogs lie, even when things start to get increasingly personal. His insistence on digging up bones from the past begins to threaten his very career with the LAPD. Even after the investigation sends him hurtling into more trouble than he ever dreamed possible, Malone is unrelenting in his determination to solve the mystery by uncovering the truth behind the brutal 23-year-old unsolved murder, come what may.
About the Author
Larry Darter is a novelist and retired Texas peace officer. He is a veteran of the United States Navy and the United States Army Reserve. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Central Oklahoma. Larry currently lives in southern Oklahoma near the Red River. All Our Yesterdays is his first published crime fiction short story. Come What May, published in 2016, was his first novel, the debut book in The Malone Novels series. Larry is currently writing the second novel in the series, Fair Is Foul and Foul Is Fair, which will be released in April 2017.