Wally Avett is retired from a sales career --- newspaper and billboard advertising, mobile homes, real estate---in the Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina. He lives in the same little town, sometimes compared to Mayberry, where he was editor of the weekly newspaper in the '70's and town manager in the '80's. "My father was a town-and-country Methodist preacher," he says. "So I grew up with good story-telling all around me, friends and family." He met many colorful characters in a lifetime of interviews, heard many stories and they inspire his writing today. "For me, good writing has to be based on truth. It gives the work an authentic ring and makes it believeable. So I write like a granny-woman makes a quilt, producing fiction actually imagined from bits and pieces of raw truth." He is an avid reader and a gardener, a Sunday School teacher and gospel singer, hunter, fisherman and reluctant handyman. He likes local history, sometimes sells cabins to Florida flatlanders and frequently tells funny stories. His first two novels were published by Belle Books in 2014, MURDER IN CANEY FORK and LAST BIGFOOT IN DIXIE.
Take four people that have been friends since college. Add a desire to protect others. Toss in a fun-loving look on life, and mix with a dash of a not-quite-by-the-book way of doing things, and what do you have?
The partners of Justice Security.
They are Joey Justice, after whom the company was named, Misty Wilhite, the love of Joey’s life, Dexter Beck, the martial arts master and computer nerd, and Percival “King Louie” Washington, who bears a striking facial resemblance to a particular cartoon character.
In this introductory story, the partners provide security for a society dog show with unexpected death coming from an unknown source. They also provide security for a Heavyweight Boxing Championship that has no challenger, and they are hired to investigate the deaths of two innocent teens. Those deaths are tied into a government contract, and, through an unfortunate accident, they make a mortal enemy of an insane Mexican drug cartel leader.
They are aided by their government liaison – FBI Agent Marcus Moore. But with the situation turning darker by the minute, can these four unlikely heroes continue to stay alive?
Inspired by the classic song performed by Three Dog Night, T. M. Bilderback’s Mama Told Me Not To Come is an adventure that you won’t forget!
Years later, police detective Kelly Kraft is ready to get back to work after being sidelined because a boy died during one of his drug raids. While progressing through therapy with police psychiatrist Dr. Angela Moore, commissioned to help him root out his deep-seated anger, Kraft soon learns a brutal murder spree is underway. As Kraft, a super cop and remorseless killer in his own right, seeks to sort out the connection among the murders in Okinawa and the current series of murders, a surprise player is unveiled, forcing Kraft to rely on the reluctant Dr. Moore to help him unravel the case.
In this psychological thriller, a serial killer motivated by a chance viewing of a beautiful television newswoman unleashes his fury on innocent victims. Now only time will tell if a police detective and his psychiatrist can stop him before more die.
"An unforgettable—and Hollywood-bound—new thriller... A mix of Hitchcockian suspense, Agatha Christie plotting, and Greek tragedy."
The Silent Patient is a shocking psychological thriller of a woman’s act of violence against her husband—and of the therapist obsessed with uncovering her motive.
Alicia Berenson’s life is seemingly perfect. A famous painter married to an in-demand fashion photographer, she lives in a grand house with big windows overlooking a park in one of London’s most desirable areas. One evening her husband Gabriel returns home late from a fashion shoot, and Alicia shoots him five times in the face, and then never speaks another word.
Alicia’s refusal to talk, or give any kind of explanation, turns a domestic tragedy into something far grander, a mystery that captures the public imagination and casts Alicia into notoriety. The price of her art skyrockets, and she, the silent patient, is hidden away from the tabloids and spotlight at the Grove, a secure forensic unit in North London.
Theo Faber is a criminal psychotherapist who has waited a long time for the opportunity to work with Alicia. His determination to get her to talk and unravel the mystery of why she shot her husband takes him down a twisting path into his own motivations—a search for the truth that threatens to consume him....