Ty Connell, Cut Work, Book #3 in The Ty Connell 'Cutting It' Trilogy, is a mystery/suspense, action thriller in which the spirited romance at the heart of the book is just as compelling to the story line as the mystery itself, maybe even more so ...
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An ME on PTSD burnout and an offbeat cop track a new and unknown kind of killer
Dr. Julia Reesman is a woman with much to prove. The war in Afghanistan is behind her and she is back home in Boston, determined to prove to the world — and to herself — that she can also put the shadowy effects of PTSD behind her. Working in the Boston ME’s office, life supposedly less stressful among the already dead, she is conflicted about making the career move she has put off for too long — into forensic psychiatry.
When she is called in as an outside consult to a disturbing multiple homicide at an estate in the quiet village of Avendon — a case so bloody and baffling that many in law enforcement view it is a “black hole,” destined to go cold from the get-go — she sees it not as a dead end, but the chance to kick-start her career in a new direction.
The last thing she needs is to be drawn into the quirky world of Det. Ty Connell, an undercover cop who works a confidential intel unit and lives in a world of secrets, but Julia wants to see first-hand how the worst of the police side works in prep for a career move. She asks Connell to let her work the case with him, side by side and day by day to the bitter end. No matter how bitter. She wants to see first-hand and up close the deranged soul who has done this.
Against his own lone-operator policy, Connell reluctantly agrees and a lively and competitive dynamic sets in. The mystery grows darker, denser, and more elusive and, somehow, romance finds a way as they work closely to see the case through to an end more bitter than either imagined. As they pull together for mutual support they must then deal with burning personal passions as they grapple with a seemingly impossible case.
The action is set in and around Boston and in the hill country of central Massachusetts as cutting-edge police work comes up against an all-new kind of evil. As they work the case an unknown old enemy of Connell’s surfaces and delivers a phone threat to deliver the bullet. They are in jeopardy with their every move when a disturbing delivery is made to the back door of the ME’s office. Another threat, this time from the killer?
When the true nature of the crime finally dawns, it is too explosive to reveal to anyone and it becomes a case of Connell and Julia against the world, where the only thing clear is that timelines are tightening and the killer will strike again … and soon.
In the book, Michael Hughes explores a new world of policing; INSOURCE, intel sourcing. It is the undercover work of building a reliable network of CIs, confidential informants, and ICs, intelligence contacts. It is moving policing more into areas normally the preserve of the military and intelligence agencies. There is also another bit of cutting edge police work that his lead character, Connell, calls GSR, Guided Subconscious Retrieval, his signature crime scene technique that allows him to "see" things other don't. You will find those and other insider police practices you won't see on TV.
CUT WORK by Michael C. Hughes is Book #3 of THE 'CUTTING IT' TRILOGY in the Ty Connell series. Look for Books #1, THE PRODUCER'S CUT, and Book #2, GIRL CUT OUT.
Book #1 in THE 'CUTTING IT' TRILOGY by Michael C. Hughes, THE PRODUCER'S CUT, features Bobbi Stratos, a gorgeous LA private eye who must team up with Connell on a series of gruesome murders in Boston's emerging film colony. Someone's gonna pay!
Book #2 in THE 'CUTTING IT' TRILOGY by Michael C. Hughes, GIRL CUT OUT, features Dani O'Banion, a woman out for justice against her own crime boss step-father and who seeks help from Connell as together they take on Johnny O. Someone's gonna pay!