Narco Moolah, the next espionage thriller featuring Trapdoor agent Cleo Matts, will be released on November 1st in eBook formats (read more here: Narco Moolah).
Toronto artist Ron Guyatt has created the cover art, and I think he did a great job of capturing the feel of the novel. The story takes place in tropical locals across the globe, from the beaches of Waikiki in Hawaii, to the canals of Basra, Iraq, to the shores of the Bosphorus Strait in Istanbul, Turkey. It’s summer, it’s hot, and the action is blistering. I like the artwork so much I’ve splashed it all around this site—hey, speaking of this site…
Writing Narco Moolah was a slow process for me, and I spent a lot of time in my writing cave researching weapons, travelogue diaries (my wife nixed the idea of a vacation in Iraq to do writing research!), Arab culture and food and clothing, the Middle East opium trade, the Internet’s Deep Web, CIA black ops, the psychic remote viewing program funded by U.S. intelligence agencies, computer hackers, and maybe most of all just researching how bad guys curse so creatively.
Anyway, I channeled a lot of time into writing the book at the expense of this blog. Formerly titled Hard-boiled Dreams of the World, the blog is now simply joecrubaugh.com. It was in bad need of a major overhaul. I’m happy to say, the database, SQL and WordPress engines, and the theme have all been updated. I’ve still got a few more bells and whistles to add in the coming days, but hopefully the major lifting is done.
And I’ll try to get back to posting more!
Narco Moolah is in the hands of the final copy editor at the moment, but I should have a sample chapter or three to post early next week ahead of the book release. And all that book research provided a long list of topics I’m eager to blog about, so check back soon, or better yet, sign up for updates on the sidebar.