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Hidden Chamber of Death
by Hawk MacKinney
Hidden Chamber of Death is a compelling tale of intrigue, murder, deception and suspense that leads retired Navy SEAL/part-time private investigator Craige Ingram in search of the connection between seemingly random murders and a banking conspiracy. Working with the local homicide investigator, who just happens to be a former Navy buddy, Craige Ingram’s attempts to protect a lonely widow and solve the case before another person dies are only thwarted by a psychotic killer whose motivation is based on pure depraved pleasure. In this first book of the MOCCASIN HOLLOW MYSTERY SERIES, the instincts and skills Ingram and his buddy acquired as Navy SEALS are tested to their limits.
Except for the Silver Bluff Museum of Southron Art annual charity event, prominent CEO Llewyn Royce Sedgewicke and PI Craige Howelle Graeme Roynane Ingram didn’t move in the same social circles. Chances were slim to none that Royce Sedgewicke would’ve ever been invited to the sprawling riverfront lands that had once been Grannie Ingram’s dogtrot Moccasin Hollow.
Unlike his collection of mounted big game trophies, portly Royce Sedgewicke’s food-bespattered tuxedoed carcass stretched like public road kill amid the crash and smash of food, china, crystal and splayed floral pieces, and very dead. Last-breath gurgles around his gagging tongue; smart phones madly clicked, flooding social media before the emergency ambulance arrived. The headlines made big local news. Online photos of his swollen tongue and overstuffed derrière made a bigger hit of his grand departure, squandering what little decorum he ever had. That mess was bad enough, but he left a bigger one behind.
The circle cinched a lot less social and way more snug when the head of Buckingham Parish Metro Law Enforcement, Investigative Support Team Graysen MacGerald paid an off-the-record visit to his grown-up-together SEAL Commanding Officer Craige `Peadinger’ Ingram. The death certificate said heart attack—it wasn’t.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Internationally acclaimed author and public speaker, Hawk MacKinney began writing mysteries for his school newspapers. Following graduation, he served in the US Navy for over 20 years. While serving as a Navy Commander, he also had a career as a full-time faculty member at several major state medical facilities. He earned two postgraduate degrees with studies in languages and history. He has taught postgraduate courses in both the United States and Jerusalem, Israel.
In addition to professional articles and texts on fetal and adult anatomy, Hawk has authored several novels that have received national and international recognition. Moccasin Trace, a historical novel, was nominated for the prestigious Michael Shaara Award for Excellence in Civil War Fiction and the Writers Notes Book Award. This was followed by the Craige Ingram Mystery Series. In a change of direction, October of 2012 saw the release of Hawk’s first science fiction novel, The Bleikovat Event, in The Cairns of Sainctuarie series. Volume II in The Cairns of Sainctuarie series, The Missing Planets, was released in 2014 with Volume III in the works.
Hawk’s latest project focuses on The Moccasin Hollow Mystery Series. Book 1 in the series, Hidden Chamber of Death, was just released, and Book 2 in the series, Westobou Gold, will be released in the fall.
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Hawk, thanks for being here today. Tell us about you.
Disciplined, objective-oriented. Very seldom say NO to myself; absolutely never when it comes to painting with words. A Triassic irritation if I go more than 36hrs without scribbling notes or editing.
Something unusual that people may not know about you.
When a cream-on-the-strawberries 10min-spotlight has me dead center…the gregarious alter ego is calculatingly evident. Otherwise almost reclusive, & I don’t suffer a lack of courtesy well.
What makes you, you?
Same as the talent-question below…examples set by those I respect…time-proven principles, behavior that is responsible for effects of one’s decisions.
If you could hang out with one famous person for one day, who would it be and why?
One day isn’t long enough for me to even read my curious changing-answer(s) to/from the CERN/LHColllider…Albert Einstein perhaps.
What’s the story behind your latest book?
In Hidden Chamber of Death, SEAL Craige HowelleGraemeRoynaneIngram, no longer on active duty…now part-time PI Craige Ingram…is Trustee of Ardochy Manor and the estate of the late eccentric dowager Theosia Ambarella McGiffern. In dealing with legalities, he soon uncovers intrigue, banking conspiracies, deception, blackmail, larcenous rip-offs, a madman’s frenzied trail of murderous lust, and one very captivating young widow. Craige Ingram attempts to protect the lonely widow and solve the case before another person dies, but is thwarted by a psychotic killer with a motivation based on pure pleasure. The instincts and skills Ingram and his buddy, the local homicide investigator, acquired as SEALS are tested to their limits.
What is your writing process?
About 430-5a with a USMCorps thick-kick raw cup of coffee that’s kissin’ cousin to toffee. A break about 930-10a for a lunch—30min exercise or walk. Back at it about 2p. Break at five. From 7-930 & shut down the computer. Not a set-in-stone schedule. A notepad readily handy for murder & mayhem solutions or new twists in the slurry of mayhem or sci-fi…truly the same genre.
Sometimes my writing/editing is pleasant with:
Chopin, Beethoven, Sibelius, Smetana’s Má vlast, the great Russian composers/The Beach Boys/ABBA…music blocks out the world, & one can carve whole pages with Chopin’s etudes in the background. If the music distracts…my man-cave is silenced.
Tell us about your main character:
Craige Ingram in the Moccasin Hollow series, Hidden Chamber of Death, is a wealthy landowner. Formerly an active duty SEAL, Craige has strong family connections in the historical founding of his bloodline in Moccasin Hollow. Loyal to his former SEAL buddies almost to a fault; loves his home, Moccasin Hollow, and the land surrounding it that his Grannie left him. When his parents were killed, it was his Grannie who reared him; and she is the one person who most influenced the man he is today.
If your book was to be turned into a movie, who would play the lead role and why?
Listed in no order:
Eric Christian Olsen
Travis van Winkle
The specifics of which would depend on script casting. Whether action vs. character-driven depends on the director/producer and the type of film.
What are you working on next?
3 manuscripts…two more titles in the Moccasin Hollow series & one more title in the Cairns of Sainctuarie sci-fi series…drafts are in final edits.
What advice do you have for other writers who want to get the word out about their book?
Don’t say NO to yourself. Feed that child that lives within each of us…it’s the wellspring for energies needed for time-eating marketing and is the source of our imagination. Budget time most of all…paying the light bill helps…one can’t buy more time.
What is your favorite book on your shelf right now?
Moccasin Trace – the storied bloodlines of my protagonist in the Moccasin Hollow series.
Do you have any special/extraordinary talents?
No more than anyone else, but country ken & family hillbillies have honed their natural instincts; i.e., hunters-watchers who look-taste-listen to what’s about. I learned from them. I was also fortunate to receive help from individuals who’ve cared for/supported my goals & talents. Some I never knew or met.
You are given the choice of one super power. What super power would you have and why?
None. One ‘power’ cannot police the planet without undermining its citizens…economically, socially, etc. we are no longer a species from this or that set of borders. Using the plural pronoun ‘we’, one African herder-farmer watching the first moon landing put it most succinctly, “We did it.” We…our dominant species, WE have become a space race. That implies a great deal. If your question refers to special power ‘stuff’…mmm…an expanded brain that would let me file AND remember all the fantasies that spin through each day and sleep-time. Technicolor productions from that ‘secret’ place.
List 5 things on your bucket list:
More than 5 are wrapped in the impossible. More than a few raw manuscripts…if I lived beyond the limits of Methuselah’s 900+ years, I’d never get all the tales told that spring from great-aunts and grannie’s fantasies.
Where can readers find you on the web?
Full descriptive videos of each title released in The Moccasin Hollow Mystery Series and The Cairns of Sainctuarie sci-fi series have web links with each title.
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