Blaze In, Blaze Out by Joseph Lewis / #Extract #BlogTour @zooloo2008 @JRLewisAuthor


Working with a joint multi-law enforcement task force, Detective Pat O’Connor infiltrated a Ukrainian crime family. Headed by Dmitry Andruko. O’Connor and his control, Detective Paul Eiselmann were the lynchpins in the guilty verdict

The two detectives thought it was over.

Eiselmann planned for a quiet weekend with his family at home. O’Connor planned on attending a high school soccer game and then head to Northern Wisconsin for a fishing trip with another cop, Detective Jamie Graff and four teenage, adopted brothers: George Tokay, Brian Evans, Brett McGovern, and Michael Two Feathers.

But Andruko is ruthless and vindictive. From his prison cell, he hires two contract killers to kill both O’Connor and Eiselmann and anyone else in the way. The killers can be anyone. The killers could be anywhere, and the killers could strike at any time.

The quiet weekend and the short vacation turn into a deadly nightmare as O’Connor’s and Eiselmann’s lives and the lives of the four boys are in peril.




At lunch, just after the verdict was read in court.

That changed when three men strolled in. Big and bulky. Dark five o’clock shadows on two of them. Dark, slicked-back hair. Sport coats with a tell-tale bulge under the arm indicating a shoulder holster.

They stood in the doorway, looked over the various patrons, studied the back table of cops and prosecutors. They took seats in a booth near the door about as far away from O’Connor, Eiselmann and the prosecution team as they could get. Casually, they’d glance in their direction. If O’Reilly, Sullivan and Keene noticed or were alarmed, they didn’t let on. It would have been hard for them anyway, since their backs were mostly turned towards them.

O’Connor and Eiselmann had a clear line of sight to the front door, the hallway that led to the restrooms, and the kitchen where there was sure to be a backdoor.

O’Connor picked at his salad, and out of the corner of his eye, kept watch. Eiselmann, who could eat anything at any time, hungrily ate his grilled chicken sandwich and munched on his fries while watching the three men out of the corner of his eye.

“Gentlemen, excuse me a minute,” Sullivan said as she dabbed at her mouth with her napkin. She pushed back her chair and headed off for the restroom carrying her purse.

O’Connor glanced at the three men who huddled briefly. One of the men, a tall youngish man with a short-cropped beard eased himself out of their booth and followed Sullivan towards the hallway leading to the restrooms.

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About the author

After having been in education for forty-five years as a teacher, coach, counselor and administrator, Joseph Lewis has semi-retired and now works part-time as an online learning facilitator. He uses his psychology and counseling background in crafting psychological thriller/mysteries. He has taken creative writing and screen writing courses at UCLA and USC.

Lewis has published seven books, all available on Amazon and each to excellent reviews: Taking Lives (August 2014; May 2021) the prequel to the Lives Trilogy; Stolen Lives (November 2014; May 2021) Book One of the Lives Trilogy; Shattered Lives (March 2015; May 2021) Book Two of the Trilogy; and Splintered Lives (November 2015; May 2021) Book Three of the Trilogy each from True Visions Publications, and then re-issued by Black Rose Writing; Caught in a Web (April 2018) from Black Rose Writing, which was a PenCraft Literary Award Winner for Crime Fiction and named “One of the Best Crime Fiction Thrillers of 2018!” by Best Thrillers; Spiral Into Darkness (January 2019) from Black Rose Writing, which was named a Recommended Read by Author’s Favorites. His newest, Betrayed November 2020 is a Maxy Award Runner-Up for Mystery-Suspense, a Literary Titan Silver Book Award Winner, and a Reader’s Favorite 5 Star Rating Winner. Blaze In, Blaze Out is currently available for preorder and will be released January 6, 2022. Lewis is currently working on another thriller-crime-mystery.

Born and raised in Wisconsin, Lewis has been happily married to his wife, Kim. Together they have three wonderful children: Wil (deceased July 2014), Hannah, and Emily. He and his wife now reside in Virginia.


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