Hubris – Book 1 of the Charity Deacon Investigations – Free on Smashwords

The Charity Deacon Investigations is a mystery thriller series in the best traditions of the genre. Follow Charity as she hunts for the truth, whatever it may be, armed only with her wits and the iron-clad determination to do what is right – even if her own life is in mortal danger.

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For Charity Deacon, a private investigator with a nose for trouble, it’s just a way of life.

She witnesses a car crash that hides a brutal murder. The police don’t talk to PIs, but maybe they’ll explain why the victim had a bullet hole in his head in exchange for the photos and video she collected right at the scene.

Her latest client is a young streetwalker named Val. She’s used to fending for herself, but her sister Emma has fallen into something big, and anyone who shows too much interest in this particular business is liable to catch a sudden case of death. She needs the help of a pro, and soon, or Emma may not be survive to be rescued.

Both are connected to the seedy underworld of Vancouver. As Charity traces each lead with Val in tow, they get closer and closer to the most dangerous criminals in the city – the Chinese gangs that like to kill anyone who gets too curious about them.

Good thing Charity has nine lives