Upcoming Books

The books below are in development but the publication dates remain tentative, subject to a number of factors, not least my editor's red pen.  I also have a collection of short stories involving the main characters in the Decker's War series in development, however it will likely not be released before 2017.

Someone has murdered a trade envoy from the alien Shrehari Empire on Aquilonia Station, and all signs point to a Commonwealth Navy officer, Commander Hera Talyn, known to work for intelligence. Though found standing over the body with a bloody knife in her hand, she proclaims her innocence in the face of evidence that might not be anything more than circumstantial. With seventy years of hard-won interstellar peace hanging in the balance, and confronted with a murder involving both an alien diplomat and a member of the armed services, Chief Superintendent Caelin Morrow of the Commonwealth Constabulary’s Professional Standards Branch is assigned to the case at the Navy’s request.

With a reputation for being hard-nosed and incorruptible, Morrow will either absolve Commander Talyn or send her to a premature doom. But first, she has to navigate through dark waters infested with powerful people determined to bring down the existing political order and deal with a ghost from her past. Failure was not an option. She had to give both her superiors and the Shrehari Empire incontrovertible proof of guilt, yet all she had was a splash of blood.

Introducing veteran Professional Standards investigator Chief Superintendent Caelin Morrow, A Splash of Blood is the first novel in the Quis Custodiet series, a spin-off from Decker’s War, and occurs in parallel to Howling Stars (Decker’s War – Book 4).

Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes? – Who Will Guard the Guardians?

Coming Summer 2017

Naval intelligence and special operations officers have been quietly vanishing without a trace while the missions undertaken by Major Zack Decker and Commander Hera Talyn fail one after the other. When they experience yet another near miss with death due to betrayal, Decker can only conclude that some dark forces are at work, forces removing anyone who becomes a threat to their project of undermining the Commonwealth and the existing political order.  When he finds evidence that at least one of those presumed to have been eliminated might still be alive and held in one of the Commonwealth’s notorious prison colonies on far away Parth, he knows retrieving the missing officer might be the only way they’ll get any clues about what has been happening to their colleagues and friends.  And so, in typical Decker style, he plunges headlong into a mission that will put him face-to-face with humanity’s worst instincts, but the prize at the end of his ordeal is uncovering the traitors within the ranks of the Fleet, perhaps even within the ranks of naval intelligence itself.  With the Commonwealth’s future at stake, no sacrifice is too big and no peril too great.

Coming Late Summer – Early Autumn 2017