“Deadly Enterprise is a fast-paced, action-packed crime drama that readers will devour in one sitting! Mike Stoneman is the hero the world needs. He cares for those who are forgotten and demands justice no matter what the cost may be! Mr. Chapman’s writing is crisp and refreshing! The mystery is well thought out with plenty of twists and turns to keep the reader engaged from start to finish.” – InD’Tale Magazine (5-stars), May 2020
“Both thrilling and intriguing, all the way to the end. Very impressive storytelling. Magnetic!” — Amy’s Book Reviews, June 2022.
Book #2 in the Mike Stoneman Thriller series is Deadly Enterprise. Mike is recovering from the injuries he sustained at the hands of Ronald Randall, the “Righteous Assassin,” at the end of book #1. (Yes, that’s a spoiler, if you have not read Righteous Assassin — the hero of the series did not die at the end of book #1 — but he was seriously injured.) While Mike recuperates, his partner, Jason Dickson, gets placed with a temporary new partner — a brash and cocky detective named Ray McMillian. Michelle McNeill, the county Medical Examiner and the woman with whom Mike has begun a mid-life romance, questions whether a young girl fished out of the East River, Christine Barker, really died from a heroin overdose. She thinks it may have been murder. Jason and Ray are assigned to investigate. Ray would just as soon call it an overdose and be done with it. Captain Sullivan agrees. But Jason and Mike trust Michelle and want to give the case a proper investigation. The problem is that evidence is mysteriously missing.
Meanwhile, Ray and Jason are assigned to investigate the murder of a Bronx bodega owner, who apparently was killed for pushing back against a shake-down and money laundering scheme initiated by an operative of the Gallata crime family. During that investigation, Ray and Jason get into a gun fight, after which Jason faces an Internal Affairs investigation.
When Mike is back on the job, although not completely done with his rehab, he and Jason face obstacles in both the bodega owner case and in the Christine Barker case. It appears that those obstacles may be the result of involvement by other cops. This gets Internal Affairs interested, and Mike and Jason work with an IA agent to uncover the truth, no matter how embarrassing that might be to the NYPD, and no matter how much danger might be involved.
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Publisher’s Weekly BookLife Prize said this: “This latest installment of the Mike Stoneman thriller series proves as exciting and gripping as previous plots in the bigger picture. The idea . . . is a fresh twist on the typical mystery scenario. The narrative feels mature and proves engrossing. . . . This fine mystery/thriller contains level pacing, diverse vocabulary, and a storyline complicated enough to hold one’s interest. This will be a page-turner for any fans of the genre.” — The BookLife Prize (Publisher’s Weekly) — Overall: 9.00 out of 10
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