VBT – POISONED PAWN
Posted by authorcamilson
by David Siegel Bernstein
GENRE: Detective, Mystery
Caleb Jacobs is a man with a past. After serving on a failed dark ops assignment in Afghanistan, he leaves Marine Corps Intelligence to try to build a new life in Philadelphia as a homicide police detective.
Jacobs is happy, for a time, until he is assigned to solve the murder of Shannon Faraday. During the investigation, he is convinced the evidence points to him as the killer. He knows it is only a matter of time before other investigators see the same. He has no alibi and the clock is counting down.
Behind his partner’s back, Jacobs hires a private investigator named Lawrence Holmes. The PI is an irritation to the police, but he is unmistakably brilliant. And, many powerful people in the city owe him favors. Holmes is a bit odd. He insists on calling Jacobs Watson but claims to never have heard the name Sherlock. Jacobs can live with this kind of crazy as long as together they find the real killer.
They quickly link the murder to a series of seemingly unrelated crimes occurring throughout Philadelphia, and Jacobs becomes convinced the murder is related to the truth of what had happened during his time in Afghanistan. Old secrets have come back to haunt him.
I felt like shit for having to hire a private investigator, especially one who was most likely insane. Still, I couldn’t deny that his type of crazy got results. Reluctantly I handed over an envelope to the man sitting on the sun-bleached bench.
He opened it. Satisfied with my offering, he slid it into his jacket. “Ah, Watson,” he said. “Good to see you again.”
I shook my head and dropped onto the bench next to him. “My name is Jacobs. Caleb Jacobs,” I said, hoping the reminder might stick this time.
He turned to me. “Did you say something?”
I sighed. “No, Holmes.”
If I wasn’t desperate for his help, I’d strangle him. Of course my superiors at the Philadelphia Homicide Unit wouldn’t appreciate that. But I wondered if a cop hiring a private investigator was any worse of a violation. I needed Lawrence Holmes for his connections and unique viewpoint, things my PHU colleagues couldn’t provide. He might not be the fictional character he played at, but he was a talented PI.
AUTHOR Bio and Links
To support his writing addiction and excessively extravagant lifestyle, David Siegel Bernstein, PhD, is a data scientist who consults as a forensic statistician. That sounds really boring until you realize that his clients include the US National Security Agency (NSA), the Secret Service, the FBI, the Department of Justice (DOJ), and a host of other acronymonious agencies who cultivate exciting and shadowy reputations. Alas, those reputations are mere facades that disguise the real reason these organizations exist, which is to keep him entertained and fed.
When David wants a break from this spellbinding work, he writes. His fiction credits encompass two novelettes and sixty shorts. His nonfiction has appeared in newsletters, popular blogs, academic journals and he is the author of the book Blockbuster Science: The Real Science in Science Fiction.
He lives within the shadow of Philadelphia with his wife, Michelle, two children, Seth and Gwendolyn, and a dog named Ringo Biggles Woofington.
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/author/bernsteindavid1
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David, thanks for being here today. Tell us about you as a person.
I want to start by thanking the CA Milson for taking the time and space for this interview.
To support my writing addiction and excessively extravagant lifestyle, I am a data magician—only without the magic. Math, machine learning, and science are my tools. I’m a forensic data scientist who specializes in looking for patterns in data that reveal patterns in human behavior. I know that sounds really boring until you realize that my company’s clients include the US National Security Agency (NSA), the Secret Service, the FBI, the Department of Justice (DOJ), and a host of other alphabet agencies who cultivate exciting and shadowy reputations. Alas, those reputations are mere facades that disguise the real reason these organizations exist, which is to pay my salary.
I have a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and taught martial art classes at the university where I did my undergraduate work. This is the style of fighting Poisoned Pawn main character Caleb Jacobs uses in fight scenes. I have a kick-ass comic collection (which makes me popular with the ladies). And, I enjoy a good game of chess.
To go with my tough guy motif, I own a Toy Poodle named Ringo Biggles Woofington.
If you could hang out with one famous person for one day, who would it be and why?
If I could choose anyone in history, I would like to hang out with physicist Richard Feynman. He would be a lot of fun to talk to. I would love to hear some of his legendary stories in person. It would also be interesting to get his take on the current state of science. If I’m limited to choosing among the living, I’d hang with David Tennant. I’m a huge Dr. Who fan.
What’s the story behind your latest book?
The modern mystery screams for a thriller component mashed up with sexual tension. Poisoned Pawn yells back with a fast-paced story loaded with femme and homme fatales.
It is also about the perfect crime and getting away with it… almost.
What is your writing process?
My process is a messy one. I write when I have the free time and in almost any location. To make matters worse—for fiction—I do not write from an outline. I let the story unfold organically. The characters usually tell me what’s needs to be done. That said, I do workshop parts in a writing group I lead.
On the other hand for my nonfiction books such as Blockbuster Science: The Real Science in Science Fiction, I do create an outline and spent part of each day conducting research before pen to paper (cursor to screen).
Tell us about your main characters
Poisoned Pawn is the story of Caleb Jacob, a man with a dark past. After serving on a failed dark ops assignment in Afghanistan, he leaves Marine Corps Intelligence to try to build a new life in Philadelphia as a homicide police detective.
In this novel, he is forced to partner up with a private investigator named Lawrence Holmes. The PI is an irritation to the police, but he is unmistakably brilliant. And, many powerful people in the city owe him favors. Holmes is a bit odd. He insists on calling Jacobs Watson but claims to never have heard the name Sherlock.
If your book was to be turned into a movie, who would play the lead roles and why.
David Siegel Bernstein as Caleb Jacobs (okay, maybe not). How about my look-alike Chris Hemsworth? (okay, again maybe not). I think Karl Urban or Eric Bana would be good choices. As for Holmes, I’d go with Nathan Lane. With this combo, viewers would get a good feel for both the darkness of the story and the humorous moments.
What are you working on next?
I’m working on the next book in the Caleb Jacobs series titled The Queen’s Gambit. A frighteningly skilled assassin hires Jacobs to find her latest assignment and to then protect him from her.
I’m also working on a science fiction novel set on a planet where time is literally a currency. The wealthy live for hundreds of years in dewy youth while the poor are geriatric.
What advice do you have for other writers who want to get the word out about their book?
Build a platform before your book comes out. This makes it much easier to get the word out when the project is complete. Then, by hook or by crook, find a way to get onto C.A. Milson’s blog!
What is your favorite book on your shelf right now?
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox, and the Horse.
Do you have any special/extraordinary talents?
I can be very annoying. It is a gift.
You are given the choice of one superpower. What superpower would you have and why?
To be able to speak any language upon hearing or reading it. This includes computer programing languages.
List 5 things on your bucket list:
The PG version bucket list
- To have a bestseller (and have it made into a movie)
- Travel to Japan
- Get a Tattoo
- Have a secret admirer
- Play my guitar with a band on stage
Any final thoughts?
Why do you ask? Am I dying? I am too young for final thoughts. I hope your thoughts are on the best way to get a copy of Poisoned Pawn.
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Posted on February 6, 2020, in Guest Authors, Interviews and tagged @DavidBernstein, author interview, David Siegel Bernstein, Goddess Fish Promotions, POISONED PAWN. Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.