Behind the public façade of a private investigation firm–Blackthorne, Incorporated–lies a band of elite covert operatives. In Falcon’s Prey, Marv “Fish” Frisch is one of Blackthorne’s newest recruits, and there’s a funny story about his name.
In the 7th book, Identity Crisis, I needed to name an “extra” operative, and the nickname “Fish” popped into my head. He hardly appeared on the page, but he needed a real name, and “Frisch” seemed logical, and Marv seemed to be a suitable first name. Romance hero? Not really, but at the time, he was only an extra. When he demanded his own book, I was stuck with the name.
Then, a few months ago, I was in Los Angeles for an event, and one of my elementary school friends wanted to put together a mini-reunion of sorts. I thought it would be cool to see these people after about 60 years, so six of us met for lunch. One man I didn’t remember introduced himself as Marv, and I laughed and told him I was using that name in my book. Then I asked him what his last name was, and he said, “I changed it, but when I was in school, it was Frisch.”
Small world, isn’t it!
On a more serious note, about 4 years ago, my daughter was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. I do what I can to make people aware of the need for a cure, and one of the things I’m doing is sharing my June royalties for Falcon’s Prey with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Here’s her story:
In early Feb 2014 (watching the Super Bowl) my left eye started to hurt when I moved it. A few days later my vision started to get funky in that eye. I ended up in a ophthalmologist’s office on a Sunday morning who told me I needed a brain MRI ASAP and asked if I had a family history of MS. (Nope.) Three months later, after that brain MRI, a spine MRI and a spinal tap, I was told I have MS. Multiple Sclerosis. A wacky, unpredictable disease of the central nervous system. Something that a triathlete/cyclist/runner/endurance coach really doesn’t want to hear.
And here’s more about Falcon’s Prey:
Heroes aren’t fearless. They just don’t let fear get in the way.
Police officer Lexi Becker is being targeted. When her husband was murdered three years ago, Lexi moved to a small town to get away from the memories, to get away from the pain. But she can’t get away from the gut feeling that a drug lord, known only as the Falcon, was responsible for her husband’s death. As she quietly conducts her own investigation, it becomes clear to Lexi she could be the Falcon’s next victim. Afraid her local police department has been infiltrated by the Falcon, she turns to the only man she can trust for help: her former patrol partner.
When ex-cop Marv “Fish” Frisch is assigned bodyguard duty instead of a covert ops assignment, he fears he’s being punished for a failed training mission. The last assignment he expected was Lexi Becker. Now he’s forced to deal with the attraction he felt when they worked together. As they go into hiding, Fish can’t keep his feelings hidden from Lexi. It seems she feels the same, but danger is everywhere. Someone’s bugged her house. An illegal opioid network. People dying. And an even more sinister plan is being put into action…
When Lexi is torn between hiding or coming to the aid of an orphaned child, Lexi leaves Fish’s protection. Now she’s on her own, a prime target for the Falcon…unless she can outsmart him.
Will Lexi survive long enough to tell Fish how she feels?
Read more, including an excerpt of the full first chapter at https://terryodell.com/falcons-prey
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From childhood, Terry Odell wanted to "fix" stories so the characters would behave properly, although it never occurred to her to write her own. Once she began writing—which didn’t happen until her AARP card was well-worn—she found controlling her characters wasn't always possible, as evidenced when the mystery she intended to write turned into a romance, despite the fact that she'd never read one. Odell prefers to think of her books as "Mysteries With Relationships."
She writes the Blackthorne, Inc. series, the Pine Hills Police series, the Triple-D Ranch series, and the Mapleton Mystery series. Her newest release, Falcon’s Prey, is the 8th book in her Blackthorne series.
Her short story collection, Seeing Red, is a Silver Falchion winner. Where Danger Hides, the second book in her Blackthorne series is a HOLT Medallion winner.
You can find her high in the Colorado Rockies (that's altitude—she lives at 9100 feet!) watching wildlife from her window when she should be writing, or at her website, https://terryodell.com