calling card capers is a fascinating mixture of suspense, adventure, intrigue, revenge, violence, courage, humor and romance all woven into a captivating tale with an ironic climax that the reader will find very hard to put down.
It pits an fbi special agent, don ericson, a private investigator with a direct line to the white house, chet dawson, and a top notch reporter, janet vanderhill, against an extremely intelligent computer geek, Henry, “Hank”, Aldrich ,who has lost his son in afghanistan due to a malfunctioning rifle. The father puts the blame on people who he claims use inferior materials in the manufacture of weaponry given to our american fighting men and women and the people in our government who contract with them for ulterior motives.
at first he tries to get justice for his son through appropriate channels, but when his pleas are ignored or handled in a perfunctory manner and then cast aside like the daily trash he takes matters into his own hands and launches a vendetta that reaches every branch of the united states government and even takes his pursuers to a little known country in the pyrenees mountains. Aldrich assumes the nom de plume crusader and bodies start to fall everywhere, some are on his list of targets, some, unfortunately, are collateral damage because they get in his way.
while all of this is going on, chet and Janet also have to deal with a persistent motherly match making restaurateur who has made amazing strides in converting what was once a simple diner into an upscale restaurant for lunch and a 1930s style supper club in the evening, entertainment et al.
janet and don also have to deal with colleagues in their respective offices who wouldn’t hesitate to throw a dagger at their backs if it suited there purposes.
all in all, it’s a fast moving and entertaining read that will quickly put the readers’ imagination into overdrive and have them taking sides.