If Tom Burke had not died on the slopes of Aspen Mountain, Wainwright would never have risked losing everything. However, his suspicious death launched an avalanche—a tipping point—involving nine business partners and a hefty helping of greed, complicity, and murder.
Wainwright returns to company headquarters in Bellevue Washington to dig for clues for a motive for murder. His questions met with suspicion and skepticism from his partners. “Just leave it alone, Garth” or “Let the cops handle this.” Wainwright questions his qualifications to continue, but his bulldog mindset drives him to keep probing for an answer. As he searches for a reason for Burke to die, he uncovers a conspiracy of fraud far bigger than anyone could have imagined. This discovery could very well destroy the company, the reputations of its partners as well as their massive personal fortunes.
And then— another partner is killed. As dead bodies start piling up, Wainwright’s questioning of why they were murdered turns to who is the murderer? Are the murders connected to the fraud? Is the killer inside the company? Which of his remaining partners can he trust? The company’s survival is at stake. Other lives are at stake, especially Wainwright’s. The SEC is watching. The financial community is watching. The Tipping Point is moving toward a fall.
Walter Danley is a mystery and suspense author of The Tipping Point: A Wainwright Mystery. It is a highly praised, fast-paced thriller to die for!
Born an Indiana Hoosier, his family moved to California at an early age where he grew up on Southern California beaches surfing and sunning before time for his daily paper route. At home, he was surrounded by a loving family who worked in construction or real estate.
His blue collar background is far from the emotionally compelling, high-flying characters he developed in The Tipping Point. Following high school, Walter served his country as a Navy Hospital Corpsman, and later as a medic in the Fleet Marine Force. You can bet that some of those stories will show up in later novels. Following an honorable discharge, he worked selling kitchen & bath cabinets to tract home and apartment developers in SoCal. He managed to attend Cal State Long Beach College nights while also preparing bids for the projects his company would supply. One of those developer clients recruited him into commercial real estate, where he spent his career on the investment side of the property business.
Walter has had four marriages to three women, all who celebrate a birthday between October 1st and the 7th (of differing years), or as he reports it, four Libra property settlements. The last of these happy unions (and they were all happy) was to Broadway, film and television actress, Christopher Norris. Danley proposed marriage on their second date. She accepted five years later and the couple were married for eighteen years during the young Danley crew’s formative years. He credits many of their qualities as adults to the wonderful influence of their stepmother,He now lives in the Texas Hill Country with his books, computers and a cat named Baby. Walter reports that currently he is busy working on the sequel to The Tipping Point. Critics say if you like mystery and suspense with exhilarating thrills, blind curve plot twists, and page-turning action, you’ll love Walter Danley’s novels.
Immerse yourself in this character-driven, intricately plotted, imaginative novel. This is hypnotic storytelling that will keep you busy 'turning pages.' Follow Jim Nagle, a man beset with more problems than any 54-year old investment executive could handle. His ex-wife had her lawyers on him, his estranged son was in jail, and the California State Franchise Board was chasing him for back taxes. It seemed that everyone was against him. The topper of it all was that his business was growing so fast he was mismanaging it.
Then, in a single moment, less than a heartbeat, his life was changed forever. A freak accident thrust Nagle back 145 years in time. Could this be real? Did this really happen? Is it even possible? Time had just been ripped away from Nagle as he finds himself stranded in a small post-Civil War Texas town. The town was populated with tough as nails cowboys, gunfighters looking for a fight, drifters lost souls from the Civil War, hostile Indians and prostitutes, although they prefer the appellation of sporting ladies. These colorful characters were sprinkled among solid German immigrants, the citizens who founded this little town. Nagle eventually stopped denying the time travel element as he stood on its dusty streets. It was buried in the reality of having been transported to a small western town from the past.
A life-long Catholic, over the years he’d slipped from grace with Mother Church, still a believer if not a practitioner. His being here could not have been an accident. It must be a part of God’s plan. He came to believe that only God could have brought him to this place. Nagle’s renewed faith convinces him that his Maker wants him in 1872 for a reason. But what is that purpose? Was he sent here to change history? What was significant about being put in this place at this time in antiquity?
And while he waited for some understanding of his circumstances, he needed to develop new coping skills to exist in this primitive environment. The modern contrivances he always relied on hadn’t been invented yet. The talents he’d developed and relied on, were of no value. This was a whole new ballgame. In fact, he soon discovered that, as in the true old west, he would need integrity and grit along with some other specialized skills. And he was going to need them pretty darn quick—just to stay alive in this place.
This is a rich, nuanced, character-driven tale that goes way beyond good versus evil. You will recognize these authentic characters and understand them right away. You will identify with Nagle’s confusion as that of a nice guy trying to do the right thing. But that effort causes him to make a lot of enemies, which reminds me of the lawman Gary Cooper played in High Noon. It proves that grit is a four-letter word. Danley’s lyrical page-turner of love, betrayal, revenge, and glory will make a great literary series that many of us will want to go on and on.