Chicago PI Carter Mays is thrust into a perilous masquerade when local rich girl Cindy Bedford hires him. Turns out her fiancé failed to show up on their wedding day, the same day millions of dollars are stolen from her father’s company. While Carter takes the case, Cindy’s father tries to find him his own way. With nasty secrets, hidden finances, and a trail of revenge, it’s soon apparent no one is who they say they are.
Carter searches for the truth, but the situation grows more volatile as panic collides with vulnerability. Broken relationships and blurred loyalties turn deadly, fueled by past offenses and present vendettas in a quest to reveal the truth behind the masks before no one, including Carter, gets out alive.
DONNELL: Hello, Alan: Your novel sounds like my kind of read. So we’ll get right to it. Have you ever attended a masquerade party? What was your costume?
ALAN: Hi Donnell. Thank you for having me on today. No, I haven’t attended a masquerade party. My wife and I did attend a mystery dinner once, but it was regular dress attire. No costumes, but it was fun.
DONNELL: Your protagonist is a Chicago PI. Close to home? Any reason you set your book in Chicago?
ALAN: I typically am not a big city guy, but I do like Chicago, having visited there a few occasions. I’ve always described it as big city with a small town feel, if that makes any sense. When I started the story, that’s just where my mind happened to go.
DONNELL: Is mystery your first love? Who influenced your writing career?
ALAN: I don’t know that I’d say mystery is my first love. I tend to just think of a good scenario and start writing. After I’m into it for a little while, that’s usually when I start thinking about what genre it fits into the best. As far as influences, I really like John Grisham.
DONNELL: Poor girl left at the altar. This is a work of fiction, correct?
ALAN: Yes, definitely a work of fiction.
DONNELL: And will we see Carter Mays in future novels as in a series?
ALAN: As of right now, I don’t have anything further in mind for Carter, but there’s always a possibility he may return.
DONNELL: Alan, what’s in your refrigerator right now?
ALAN: Cheese, yogurt, milk (white & chocolate) We’re big on dairy at my house.
DONNELL: How many hats do you have in your closet?
ALAN: Five or six, but I seldom where hats. I’m just not a hat guy.
DONNELL: Complete this sentence. If I’m not writing, you’ll find me . . .
ALAN: playing. I’m still a big kid who enjoys active competition. My favorites include Ultimate Frisbee, softball, and volleyball.
DONNELL: True or false: I’m extremely organized.
ALAN: True. I am organized, but to someone who doesn’t understand my methods, it may not appear that way.
DONNELL: Money’s no option and you’re planning your vacation. Where are you going?
ALAN: Maui! It’s my favorite place I’ve ever visited.
DONNELL: If you could meet anyone, past or present, who would it be, and why?
ALAN: Kris Kristofferson. He’s lived such a diverse an interesting life, risking everything to pursue what he was truly passionate about. He passed up an opportunity to teach at West Point and worked as a janitor to pursue his song-writing career. Obviously, it worked at quite well for him. That’s inspiring.
DONNELL: Great answers. Thanks for letting us get to know you.
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