More than 15 years after the biggest diamond heist in U.S. history, the whereabouts of $68 million worth of the stolen gems remains a mystery. Are they hidden beneath the floorboards of an abandoned building somewhere? Were they sold to Arab princes on the down low? Or are the diamonds in some jewelry store's window the very same ones stolen in 2003, laundered through middlemen until they were clean enough for a legitimate dealer to buy them?
Los Angeles PI Ben Malone is good at finding things. Whether it be a missing person, a runaway child, a deadbeat ex-spouse, or hidden assets. The insurance company that swallowed the loss wants to hire Malone to answer those questions. Along with the case, they offer him the promise of a $500,000 bonus if he recovers the diamonds.
But, even for Malone, successfully recovering the loot from a 15-year-old heist is no foregone conclusion. Kyle Murray, one of three men responsible for the heist, and the only suspect arrested for the crime did his time without telling anyone what happened to the missing diamonds. Fifteen years later, Murray has been paroled and promptly disappeared, his whereabouts unknown.
Malone, lured by the chance at a $50,000 payday, takes the job. But once Malone and his new partner, T. J. O’Sullivan, get to work, it becomes clear that the case is far more challenging, not to mention treacherous than they’d assumed. Not only do they find themselves following a convoluted trail of clues halfway across the globe, but they also discover they aren't the only ones on the trail of Murray and the stolen gems. Along the way, they encounter a shyster lawyer, and his cold-blooded female partner, who quickly demonstrate they will stop at nothing, including murder, to eliminate any competition in the search for the fortune in diamonds.
Larry Darter, a retired police officer turned crime fiction writer is the author of ten previous novels, including five novels in the Los Angeles based Malone Mystery series. More than twenty years of law enforcement experience uniquely positions Larry to write the style of gritty, realistic mystery/thrillers that crime fiction fans love to read.
Having spent the majority of his life as a voracious reader of detective mysteries and police procedurals, Larry is heavily influenced by writers ranging from Raymond Chandler to Robert B. Parker, and Joseph Wambaugh to John Sandford.
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If you like high-octane detective thrillers, with deadly villains, and sharp humor, then you will love Foregone Conclusion, the fourth novel in the Malone Private Investigator series. Malone and his Kiwi sidekick T. J. O'Sullivan are on the trail of an ex-con and $68 million worth of rare diamonds stolen is a heist more than 15 years ago. The chase takes them from Los Angeles all the way to O'Sullivans' home, "Land of the Long White Cloud." Available September 4, 2018.
It was 4:45 on a Friday afternoon in 2003. A black Ford cargo van stopped out front of the Los Angeles Diamond Exchange on South Hill Street. Three men wearing expensive business suits got out of the vehicle. After glancing around, they walked into the showroom. Concealed under the suits, their automatic weapons aroused no suspicion. The diamond wholesaler was due to close for the day in 15 minutes. The expensive suits helped deflect any suspicion about that too. Each member of the trio carried two spare magazines for their weapons. They planned to do a lot of shooting during the next few minutes.