Award-winning mystery author W.S. Gager’s latest release is “A Case of Volatile Deeds.” The book features her reporter protagonist Mitch Malone, who Gager describes as “an old-style, hard-driving, crime-beat reporter always on the hunt for the next Pulitzer but struggling in an internet age.” For this interview, Gager also described her series as “light hearted and an easy read filled with suspense.”
In “A Case of Volatile Deeds,” Gager said that Mitch becomes a potential murder victim when his investigation leads him to uncover political corruption and real estate payoffs. Gager added that an interview with emergency personnel influenced the book also. “They [emergency personnel] think twice about charging into high rise buildings. Don’t get me wrong, these are very brave individuals willing to lay down their lives for others and still will do everything in their power to rescue people, but since 9-11 the dangers come easily to mind.”
Gager also feels the book has an edge. “I channeled a lot angst into the bad guys by using real-life experience when the office I worked in was splitting. . .It was horrible and people who had been friends for years turned on each other.”
With all that angst, who wouldn’t want to start getting rid of people? When asked for an issue she might have been addressing in “A Case of Volatile Deeds,” Gager quipped, “Killing people is okay as long as you use a pen? Just kidding.” She quickly added, “Good triumphs over evil, always. . . due to the stellar detecting of crime beat reporter Mitch Malone. “
Book synopsis provided by the author:
Mitch Malone finally scores a weekend dinner with a cute receptionist, but true to his reporter instincts, an explosion in a high rise office building makes him stand up his date as he runs for an exclusive. Mitch learns that much of what he knows about his date and her work aren’t what they seem. His world continues to twist when the police captain asks for his help and a city hall informant is found floating in the river. Mitch must keep his head down or a cute dog with a knack for finding dead bodies will be sniffing out his corpse.
Gager said that she once “enjoyed the fast-paced life of a newspaper reporter until deciding to settle down.” Why did she give up that life? “[I] realized babies didn’t adapt well to running down story details on deadline.” Gager’s third book, “A Case Of Hometown Blues,” was a finalist in the 2012 Daphne Du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense. Learn more about W.S. Gager on her website at wsgager.com.
In addition to his columns on snaptwig.com, Terry Ambrose (terryambrose.com) also writes mysteries and suspense. His latest novel, “License to Lie,” was called “almost sure to satisfy discerning readers of thrillers” by Edgar-Award winning author T. Jefferson Parker.