When my husband got tired of trying to kill himself in racing cars, light aircraft, helicopters and all the other stuff men turn to in their hour of mid-life crisis, he suggested that we try boating. We were at home in Andorra, up to our ears in snow and the heating was on the blink, so pretty pictures of sleek motor cruisers cutting through the calm, crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean seemed rather appealing. And safe. We fell for the hype and before we knew it, we were the owners of an ancient boat in need of a considerable amount of tlc.
For Andre, that was the start of an on-going love affair with the sea and all things nautical. For me it was more a hate-love-hate situation. When the sea is actually as calm as they make it out to be in those glossy ads then boating is a dream. But those days are few and far between. Most of the time you’re tossed about like a loose coin in a washing machine, feeling sick and wondering what the hell you think you’re doing.
Still, never waste an experience, that’s my motto, and one good thing to come out of hours of staring at endless expanses of sea was The Hunter Files, my series of marine crime mysteries. The first, Unfinished Business, was released by Carina Press last October, written under my other persona, W. Soliman. The second, Risky Business, sees the light of publication today.
Charlie Hunter is, like me, a Brit. He shares my husband’s passion for boating and, at forty, having taken early retirement from the police, plans to live aboard his trawler yacht in Brighton marina and spend his days restoring it to its former glory. Sound familiar?
Charlie’s dream life doesn’t get off to a good start when, in Unfinished Business, a woman involved in one of his first cases as a detective accosts him, trying to persuade him to look for her missing sister. Charlie, a soft touch when a pretty woman turns on the tears, reluctantly agrees. Mind you, if he’d known his investigation would lead to a gang of ruthless Russians, leaving him and Kara fighting for their lives, he probably would have stuck to boating!
But I’m getting ahead of myself here. Writing this book was a departure for me, since it’s in the first person, obviously from a male perspective. Andre came in useful here, both with technical boating issues and likely male reactions in given situations. Can’t say more than that!
Risky Business is all about a guy serving time for the murder of a bookie. Some of you might think he did the world a service but that would be mean! The guy’s daughter admits that her dad was a bit of a villain but murder just isn’t his style, especially since the guy who got topped was a friend of his and there had been no falling out amongst thieves. Charlie has a look into things. He’d had his doubts about the conviction at the time. He should have known that the guys involved didn’t believe in taking any prisoners and finds himself fighting to save his own life…
Risky Business by W. Soliman available from Carina Press and all on-line book stores.
Read the first chapter on my website at www.wsoliman.com