My 105,000 word thriller, A Most Deadly Puzzle, follows Florida Detective Frank Dugan as he discovers the existence of plans for the most devastating weapon of war ever conceived, plans that lie hidden somewhere in America. It becomes immediately evident to him, an Iraq War Marine veteran, that whoever finds its covert formula could dominate every nation on the globe.
Frank Dugan’s grandfather, William, was a Manhattan Project nuclear physicist with a closely guarded World War II secret that ultimately forced the Japanese to surrender, a secret that could now change the future of mankind. From the grave, William challenges his grandson to unravel the cryptic puzzle of Operation Omega and be responsible for its devastating power in the 21st Century.
Frank uncovers the plan when he inherits a house in a Baltimore suburb that once belonged to his late grandfather. The detective has no idea that his exposure of the decades-old project and its frightening propaganda film will lead to murder, espionage, and powerful international interest that will have the former Marine battling for his life while he tries to save the world from its awesome, reborn potential and solve the Omega weapon’s intricate riddle.
Enter Cezar Nicolai, a powerful international arms dealer, who joins the hunt and is determined to possess the weapon. No one, not even the United States government, can begin to match his wealth of cunning resources, nor his ruthlessness, but Frank Dugan has vowed to stop him and redeem his grandfather’s veneration. It’s a race to save civilization from a megalomaniacal monster, a fight to the death where there can be only one winner.