Malefactor

Ren Gifford Mysteries

Book 1
Joe Scholes
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Malefactor
Mal-uh-fak-ter
— noun
1. A person who violates the law
2. A person who does harm or evil, especially toward another
3. To act wickedly, do an evil deed
Antonym: Benefactor
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"I'll pay you $10,000 just to listen to my offer of employment, Mr. Gifford." 
Private investigator Ren Gifford is hired by an eccentric billionaire to locate Glen Moreland, an employee who has disappeared. Everything about the case is strange, from the initial meeting with the client to the constant meddling by the client's front man. Glen had deliberately gone off the grid to avoid dire consequences he knew he would face when his employment contract ended. 
As Ren delves deeper into the case, he learns how and why Glen fled. Shocked by the grisly details, Ren wonders how Glen was able to continue working for his employer for almost five years. Ren deduces Glen's location, but faces a moral dilemma; whether to honor his commitment to his client and give him Glen's whereabouts or help Glen escape. 
Deciding on the latter would incur his client’s wrath and possibly deadly vengeance.
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About the author

Joe retired from the US Postal Service in 2010, after thirty-six years. Not long after, he became the proofreader and jack of all trades for author Connie Suttle, a long-time, very close friend.

With Connie as his inspiration, he decided to write a book of his own, Malefactor. The manuscript languished in a dusty computer folder for almost twenty years before he finally found his author's voice. He felt he had a good story idea, but he basically had to start over, because the old manuscript was woefully out of date.

Joe lives in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA, with his two kids, Dingo and Ringo, miniature long-coat Chihuahuas.

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Joe Scholes
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Published on
Aug 23, 2016
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Pages
281
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ISBN
9781634780001
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / LGBT / Gay
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Private Investigators
Fiction / Thrillers / Psychological
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A chance meeting in a bar sends missing persons investigator Dan Sharp in search of a woman presumed dead in the Tiananmen Square Massacre. But there may be international consequences and big players in a mystery that spans two continents.

"Such devotion to his work makes Rounds writing absorbing for readers. You sympathize with Sharp, even as he falls into a whiskey-drenched hell, and you wait for him to rise again."
– Xtra!

"The writing is raw, the emotions are taut and author Jeffrey Round brings it together in a breathtaking conclusion."
– Hamilton Spectator

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