Bodies on the Potomac

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Karl Blumenthal’s automobile dealership is being terminated by Universal Motors. He believes it’s because he’s failed to financially back the reelection efforts of the sitting U. S. President.

For guidance, Blumenthal calls on good friend and former Washington powerbroker Taylor Clark. But Clark is initially skeptical. However, when a live round fired from a silenced pistol narrowly misses him, Clark begins to fear the worst; that the country could be on the edge of the messiest national scandal since Watergate.

Clark immediately engages his boss, Loraine Sinatra, a feared Washington operator who secretly controls a black unit buried deep within one of America’ least understood but most powerful and autonomous law enforcement organizations. Clark and Sinatra search desperately for footing in the investigation, tapping sources they haven’t called on for years. When they arrive seconds too late to prevent a firearms confrontation on Blumenthal’s front lot, it becomes clear that a national catastrophe looms. It isn’t long before they discover that the Bluffton, South Carolina dealership is nothing more than a single speck in a bold scheme masterminded by Russian billionaire Mikael Azarov to bend the President of the United States to Moscow’s will by seizing control of Universal Motors for himself.

Azarov’s daring plot places his $25 billion fortune at risk, but he’s killed before, and he’s willing to kill again if that’s what it takes to win. It’s up to Clark to stop him.

From the low country of South Carolina to the halls of power in the nation’s capital, from the skyscrapers of San Francisco’s famed financial district to the stormy streets of flooded Savannah, Clark’s resourcefulness and nerve fuel his pursuit of the truth, a pursuit that ultimately ends in violent public death.

A work of fiction, BODIES ON THE POTOMAC is pure entertainment that leaves the reader wanting more.

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Advance Praise for Bodies on the Potomac

O’Neil’s international thriller breaks hard from the gate, and accelerates all the way to the finish line. Clark is like Jack Reacher, with morals, a few more IQ points, and clean clothes. Set aside an afternoon; you will not want to put it down.
Stu Hodgson, Principal Officer retired, Defense Technology Inc.
I am absorbed by the story…thanks for a good read…
DP, New Hampshire Writing Instructor
…this playbook of dishonesty and deception makes for a fantastic contemporary story.
Ken Aschom, Health Care Research Entrepreneur. Naples, Florida