Saltwater in the Bluegrass

The Adventures of J.C. Stringer

Book 1
Beach Bum Books
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Enjoy this fast-paced adventure as Stringer's newest case takes him far away from Florida and the comforts of home and into the heart of Kentucky during the yearly Run for the Roses and the Derby Festival.

Stringer's cousin, Kristina, has recently married into one of the most prominent families in Louisville the Ingram family. They own the local newspaper along with half the Ohio Valley. Disaster strikes when Kristina s new husband, Lamar Ingram, dies in an apparent mining disaster. Within days of his death, an attempt is made on Kristina s life. Now, she is on the run. With only one thing on her mind, collecting her rightful inheritance, she heads back home to Florida. Upon her arrival, things take a turn for the worst. All signs lead back to Katherine Ingram, the oldest sibling and new CEO of Ingram Enterprises. Stringer soon discovers that Katherine holds the keys to a lifetime of secrets and lies. 

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About the author

Cliff Kice was born in Louisville, Kentucky on October 5th, 1957 to Cliff Jr. and Mary Kice. His father was in the newspaper business, his mother a stay-at-home house wife. It is his parents who Cliff accredits for his love and passion of books. At the age of 6 his mother marched him into the local public library for his first official library card. From there the imaginary escape began.In high school, he played varsity baseball and was a member of the golf team. He spent one year at the University of Kentucky, then graduated from Sullivan College. Cliff has spent his formative years with his lovely wife Brenda, north of Salt Lake City, in the small farming community of Farmington, Utah. Between raising five children, having five grand children, off-time adventures of hunting, fishing, skiing and relaxing in the Uinta Mountains, Cliff has created and written the bestselling J.C. Stringer adventures.Kice is known for his suspense thrillers. His most recent release Saltwater in the Bluegrass has been widely praised, full of mystery and intrigue, sending his fans and their imagination into the world of total relaxation. Island of the Prosecution is the much-awaited sequel in the J.C. Stringer adventures, plans for its release is June, 2009.Cliff divides his time between the mountains of Utah, the Bluegrass of Kentucky and whatever airplane cabin that he happens to be in while traveling between the two. Cliff’s greatest passions are his family, Kentucky Wildcat Basketball, NASCAR, the beach, especially the Florida coastline, and elk hunting. All vast differences, but each giving him time to focus on the important things of life, and in doing so gives him the much needed time to work on Stringer’s next adventure.Cliff thinks back to a recent interview: The beginning of his writing came winning a creative writing contest in his elementary school, but then he laughs when he recalls turning his creative expression into writing songs and playing guitar for college dates. Since then he describes himself as a “Parrot Head.” It’s how he expresses his way of life. As he recalled, it’s more of a life style than a course of action chosen simply to go against your parent’s better wishes. In 1998 Cliff’s passion for music suddenly changed during a life altering, life threatening injury. What he calls, his Ordeal. It took place high in the Uinta Mountains at his family cabin. While removing bark from a large log to be used for their mantel-place, a blade from the equipment hit a knot, turned and came out sideways instantly severing the artery in his left wrist along with several tendons to his fingers.Cliff recalls this being the moment of truth, when deep down you instantly know if you have a testimony, or not. Thirty miles from the nearest hospital, you realize you have just severed a main artery in your body. “That’ll make you think.” Two hospitals, hours of drive time; three and a half hours of surgery later and Kice says he found himself quickly realizing his passion for playing the guitar had just taken an unexpected turn. Luckily for him he had just played in a flat-pick guitar contest that summer at the Grand Targee Resort outside Jackson Hole, Wyoming during the annual bluegrass festival. He recalls this as being his way of going out of the music business in style.Over the next several months fighting through therapy and self-pity Kice recovered. He now tributes his turn around to his wife Brenda, for her encouraging words which continued coming up daily, “try something different, try being creative in other ways, try writing, try anything. Just try something. So, Kice recalls he did, and luckily for everyone who has read the first novel, the adventure has continued.

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Publisher
Beach Bum Books
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Published on
Mar 15, 2008
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Pages
329
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ISBN
9780982813409
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / General
Fiction / Thrillers / Suspense
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 J.C. Stringer is once again hurled into action, off his sailboat, and racing

against time. Not that he wants to be, or is expected to be.

It’s what he does.


There had always been small talk between the drivers, those waiting to

start work, and those waiting to go home. It came with the job. It was part of

the experience, part of pickups, and part of the deliveries, the thoughts and

the possibilities. The ‘what if’s,’ what would you do, how would you handle

it, if one day you were out on your route and a package fell off a shelf,

busted open, and was full of money, diamonds, drugs, or something that

could instantly changed your life. Better yet, what if a package had been

placed on your truck on purpose, without being scanned, and with no way of

it ever being traced. What would you do? How would you handle it? Not

that it mattered, not that the thought actually did anything more than pass

time in the realm of everyday speculations. It was nothing more than small

talk, between employees with nothing better to do. The thought was simply

myth and legend, put together and analyzed, piece-by- piece by old worn out

knee and hip replaced drivers, those who continued counting days until

retirement. Nothing ever came from it, because it wasn’t going to happen. It

couldn’t happen. Not until the day Stuckey Gruber decided to actually make

it happen… Now he’s a wanted man, and J.C. Stringer is the only man

capable of actually finding him.


Enjoy this high stakes adventure as Jimmy Chase Stringer leaves the

peace and quite of his sailboat, the Brenda Kay II, and, by following his

instincts, winds up south of Miami, heading towards the southern tip of

the Keys, before sailing to the Bimini Islands, on the heals of a man who

is now simply known as Red, a man looking for a second chance, and a

better way of life.


Only problem, Stringer isn’t the only one looking for Stuckey Gruber.

The men sending the package want it back. The men waiting on the

package want it back. The men planning the heist expect it back. And,

the delivery package company, EDS, and their security team, they want

the whole mess to go away, along with the employee they once

knew as Stuckey “The Breeze” Gruber.

Dr. Feather Tries to Prove You Can "Set a Thief to Catch a Thief" (note: short story) Excerpt The fog, almost without warning, swirled out of the East in the late afternoon. Grey at first, then murky green, thick as pea soup, it settled on Grain's Lake. The wind had died; the fog, a dank motionless shroud, merged with the twilight. When night came, Grain's Lake and its forested shores, which were dotted with occasional summer fishing camps, was nothing but solid, soundless blackness. At seven o'clock that evening, an hour after the fog had settled, two small open launches, each carrying two men, groped their way through the turgid murk. They had come from an island three miles out in the open lake and were headed for the north shore, where in the midst of the woods was a small boathouse, and on the knoll behind it, a big, luxurious rustic log cabin bungalow, shrouded by the trees. Throttled down to trolling speed, the two launches were making barely three miles an hour. They were trying to keep fairly together. Before they had been half an hour from the island the men had no clear idea of where they were. They were steering by small compasses and by intuition. Occasionally the men called out to each other, each boat trying to locate the other. But the sodden pea soup fog blurred, muffled and deadened the voices until they were indistinguishable. The low put-put of the little motors was inaudible. In the bow of one of the boats middle-aged, grey-haired Dr. Hollis Hotchkiss sat peering into the fog. There was nothing to see; nothing to hear. Occasionally he waved his flashlight, but its puny beam seemed hardly to penetrate ten feet.
Jane Hawk’s one-woman war comes to an explosive climax as the rogue FBI agent gambles everything against a terrifying conspiracy, for vengeance, for justice, and for humanity’s freedom—from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Silent Corner.
 
“Jane Hawk is arguably the best character Koontz has created. . . . Simply put, wow.”—Associated Press
 
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And that fugitive mother herself, ex-agent Jane Hawk, closing in on the malevolent architects of ruin she has stalked as they stalk her, prepared to sacrifice herself to finally bring them down.
 
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 J.C. Stringer is once again hurled into action, off his sailboat, and racing

against time. Not that he wants to be, or is expected to be.

It’s what he does.


There had always been small talk between the drivers, those waiting to

start work, and those waiting to go home. It came with the job. It was part of

the experience, part of pickups, and part of the deliveries, the thoughts and

the possibilities. The ‘what if’s,’ what would you do, how would you handle

it, if one day you were out on your route and a package fell off a shelf,

busted open, and was full of money, diamonds, drugs, or something that

could instantly changed your life. Better yet, what if a package had been

placed on your truck on purpose, without being scanned, and with no way of

it ever being traced. What would you do? How would you handle it? Not

that it mattered, not that the thought actually did anything more than pass

time in the realm of everyday speculations. It was nothing more than small

talk, between employees with nothing better to do. The thought was simply

myth and legend, put together and analyzed, piece-by- piece by old worn out

knee and hip replaced drivers, those who continued counting days until

retirement. Nothing ever came from it, because it wasn’t going to happen. It

couldn’t happen. Not until the day Stuckey Gruber decided to actually make

it happen… Now he’s a wanted man, and J.C. Stringer is the only man

capable of actually finding him.


Enjoy this high stakes adventure as Jimmy Chase Stringer leaves the

peace and quite of his sailboat, the Brenda Kay II, and, by following his

instincts, winds up south of Miami, heading towards the southern tip of

the Keys, before sailing to the Bimini Islands, on the heals of a man who

is now simply known as Red, a man looking for a second chance, and a

better way of life.


Only problem, Stringer isn’t the only one looking for Stuckey Gruber.

The men sending the package want it back. The men waiting on the

package want it back. The men planning the heist expect it back. And,

the delivery package company, EDS, and their security team, they want

the whole mess to go away, along with the employee they once

knew as Stuckey “The Breeze” Gruber.

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