A man waits at a London airport for Ingrid Ostermann, the love of his life, to arrive. Across the Atlantic, a retired NYPD cop waits in a bar in Florida’s Key West for his first date with the lady who is, without question, his soulmate. The two men are about to discover they’ve been scammed out of almost every penny they have in the world – and that neither women exist.
Meanwhile, a wealthy divorcée plunges, in suspicious circumstances, from an apartment block in Munich. In the same week, Detective Superintendent Roy Grace is called to investigate the suicide of a woman in Brighton, that is clearly not what it seems. As his investigations continue, a handsome Brighton motivational speaker comes forward. He’s discovered his identity is being used to scam eleven different women, online. The first he knew of it was a phone call from one of them, out of the blue, saying, ‘You don’t know me, but I thought I knew you’.
That woman is now dead.
Roy Grace realizes he is looking at the tip of an iceberg. A global empire built on clever, cruel internet scams and the murder of anyone who threatens to expose them.
As the deadly crime spree escalates, White receives a chilling call from a Florida sheriff. A psychotic Special Forces veteran, Robert Cleghorn, has murdered his brother, assumed his identity—and is believed to be looking for his brother’s vacationing wife in England.
Expertly trained to eliminate potential threats to his mission while covering his tracks, Cleghorn quickly proves to be just as elusive as his sister-in-law. Can D.I. White and his newly assigned police team find Stephanie Cleghorn before Robert does?
“An action-packed novel that murder-mystery lovers will enjoy.” — Literary R&R
“Wonderful thriller that is hard to put down, with the action moving at a fast pace. Good characters and a good story make for a great read!” —Mysteries, Etc.
“The sharpest murder weapons in Damaged Goods are the author’s words, which slice through deftly-built tension with such precision that the reader is left gasping as if a true crime had materialized beyond the pages.” — Jennifer Leeper, author, Padre: The Narrowing Path
“Everett and Coles weave a fascinating crime thriller that spans between the U.S to the U.K. Never predictable, the twists and turns leads to a surprising and satisfying end. A real page turner!” — Steve Bellinger, author, The Chronocar