Wednesday, March 20, 2013

BTS Presents: Blood on the Cards

Title: Blood on the Cards
Author: David Huffstetler
Series: A Jack Harden Mystery
Genre: Mystery
Publisher: Wild Child Publishing
Release Date: October 1 2012
Rating:   A brotherhood of powerful men, a self-proclaimed prophet, and an ancient goddess hover over a series of murders that start with a game of Texas Hold-em. Are they to blame, or is it the embittered Comanche outcast set on revenge against Jack Harden for the death of his niece? Elsie and Jack try to salvage what’s left of their relationship, as a canvas of death unfurls around them. Can they stop it.

Educated in Dallas, North Carolina, David Huffstetler holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He has worked in the area of human relations and spent fourteen years weaving through the maze that is politics, including participating in a Federal Law suit with a sitting governor. David has served on Boards of Directors for numerous professional organizations and has advised governors and legislators on matters of public policy and legislation.
David’s work as a senior manager with a major industrial concern took him to international venues and exposures that helped feed his urge to write Disposable People, a dramatic expose of the working conditions and politics that engulf undocumented workers. Disposable People is a top-ten “Suggested Book” at Tufts University in Boston, MA.
He turned the frustrations and rejection that plagues thousands of yet-to-be-published authors into the heralded mystery/thriller Blood on the Pen, with a serial killer disposing of literary agents. David’s passion for history led him to write Dead in Utah, the story of Joe Hill, the controversial musician and union organizer accused of a double murder in 1914. Blood on the Cards follows his tradition of thrillers, and it stands on its own merit as a novel with a hint of the paranormal.
His books receive praise from mystery readers across the globe.
“David W. Huffstetler crafts gripping crime thrillers that can only be described as a riveting roller coaster ride from its ‘okay, you’ve got my attention’, beginning, to the suspenseful ‘I’ve now chewed my nails to the quick’, conclusion.”
 -Book Lovers, Inc. As an editor, public speaker, and seasoned professional, David has appeared on television and radio, and has lectured on the East Coast, California, Canada and Mexico. David currently lives in Lexington, South Carolina with his wife, Trudy.
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This is the first book I have read from this author. Blood on the cards was very well written and easy to read. Being from Texas I enjoyed hearing about my home state in the story and knowing the area made it so much easier for me to visualize the story. The story has lots of plot twists and turns which kept it unpredictable and interesting. The end of the story was brilliant and I cannot wait to read more stories from this author. 

Elsie dressed in a haze of morning sunlight. She buttoned a red blouse over gray pants and left just a hint of cleavage. She saw him in the mirror, stretched out flat on the bed. Others might criticize his looks, but she found him ruggedly handsome. His broad, genuine smile warmed her every time she saw him. “You know I’ve got to go,” she said. “I don’t want to leave you, but I’m still a reporter, and I have to go to work. I need to see what they found out at the river. And, if I were you, I’d get moving. Neither of us wants Jack Harden to come home and find you in is bed.”

She sat on the edge of the bed, ran her fingers down his bare chest, and pressed her cheek against his. She wanted to crawl back in beside him, but she couldn’t. She bounded to her feet. She walked to the door, paused, and looked back into those deep, brown eyes. He slipped his tongue out the side of his mouth, wagged his tail, and fell back to sleep.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for your very kind review and for hosting Blood on the Cards today.