Bullet in the Blue Sky
In the chaotic aftermath of a massive earthquake that leveled much of the Los Angeles region, a LAPD deputy chief sends an elite team of detectives on a rescue mission. They are ordered to set aside all law enforcement duties, to ignore the destruction and to focus on one task: Find LAPD Detective Gavin Shaw, who disappeared just before the earthquake.
Kevin “Schmitty” Schmidt of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department joins five others on the rescue team. With rioting, looting, attacks and homicides rampant in the streets, the six cops have to defend themselves while chasing down leads on the whereabouts of Shaw. The mission takes them through the dizzying war zone and the more they encounter, the more they wonder why they are searching for one man in these extreme circumstances. Why is this man so important to the deputy chief, and why now?
Schmitty discovers that others with high connections are also after Shaw. The questions pile even higher when they learn of a shadowy history between Shaw and the deputy chief. A history with deadly consequences for the team as they uncover a threat that elevates the mission to a race against time.
Praise for Bullet in the Blue Sky:
“What begins as a disaster story morphs into an international thriller with surprising geopolitical dimensions.” -Foreward Clarion Reviews
Five Stars – “It’s a riveting read with intrigue, mystery, suspense and action/adventure all wrapped up in one electrifying package.” – Reader’s Favorite.
Five Stars – “Larkin captures the emotions of each character with deft precision. As the reader, you can feel the fear and adrenaline as the officers move through the city attempting to complete their task…leaping off the page and dragging you onto the bloody trail leading to the elusive Shaw. Get ready for action-packed scenes and refreshingly well-developed characters. Pair that with his compelling storyline and you have the ultimate package. A must read for any thrill seeker.” – Red City Review
“Perhaps the best feature of Bullet in the Sky lies in a crime story line that is also centered around moral and ethical conundrums…..a compelling saga that’s hard to put down.” –D. Donovan, Midwest Book Review
“Larkin masterfully blends the epic with the everyday, including a cast of characters you become quickly attached to, and feel emotionally torn if they meet their end. This sense of realism and emotional weight is especially important given the book’s startling big reveal in the end – a clever and surprising twist, which makes this thriller even more thrilling.” – Self Publishing Review
“This is a thriller of the highest caliber.” –Strong Book Reviews
Five Stars – “a heart-pounding crime story…the race to find out the answers are hidden inside this masterfully woven novel. Time is ticking…and hesitating could cause more harm than good. I enjoyed the thrill ride as the adventure unfolded. Bill Larkin’s talent is one that readers don’t want to miss.” –Urban Book Reviews
“This is an action-driven, fast-paced, plot-driven novel. Larkin’s depiction of the destruction of L.A. was impressive and believable.” –Men Reading Books
Orange County Sheriff’s Deputy Kevin Schmidt is trying to get used to working Harbor Patrol in Newport Beach, an assignment forced on him after arresting the son of a commanding officer. A wealthy boater asks Schmitty for a personal favor: find his missing son. Schmitty reluctantly accepts out of curiosity….and boredom.
He isn’t bored for long. Schmitty reluctantly teams up with Megan McCann, an attractive private investigator with her own set of rules. Finding a body in the trunk of a BMW sends Schmitty and Megan on an adrenalized trail through Southern California unraveling a sophisticated real estate scam. Determined to find the missing heir apparent, but caught in the middle of a shocking web of greed and corruption, Schmitty must figure out how to make justice prevail and who to bring down.
Praise for Detective Lessons:
“Detective Lessons is worth the read if you are on the hunt for a good action packed, mystery!” —Just Worded Lines
Larkin does a great job of expressing to the reader the energy and personality of each character….. very well written and detail oriented story……intricate twists and turns. Four stars. –Red City Review
It is a book that has plenty of twists and turns and just when things seem straightforward and about to be solved the case ends up taking a whole new direction” –The Crime Scene
“In the end, it’s not just about the mystery, how it’s solved, or how people come together or break apart in the course of an investigation. It’s about how law enforcement struggles with internal and external forces beyond the facts of an investigation to arrive at solutions, it’s about how individuals grow and change in the course of police work, and it’s about how the bad guys handle revenge, deceit, and complex games just as likely to weave webs of entrapment around themselves as around their victims.” —Diane Donovan, Midwest Book Review
The story is entertaining and the protagonists are likeable. The book could keep you entertained on a cross country flight. This one could be the start of a series of novels about these characters – I hope so. –Men Reading Books
“Larkin reminds me of Connelly, Bishop, Dallas Barnes and the original Wambaugh books. Can’t stop reading his books.” – Amazon Reviewer
“Larkin tells a fast-paced, taut tale…….At times this book feels almost Shakespearean; certainly it does at the end……. Characters have what Hamlet called flaws of the complexion, and some have hearts as black as King Claudius. There is even a sort of play-within-a-play, in which some characters are pretending to be and want something other than what they are and demand.” –Vox Libris Blog