When Marcus Schmidt discovers his estranged brother is missing he quickly returns to the Midwest, determined to find him. What he uncovers instead is a side of Rolland that he never knew, someone deeply involved in a Mexican drug war that threatens to explode into a blood bath across the Yucatan Peninsula.

Now Marcus must not only find Rolland but stop the impending carnage as well. Searching for answers he travels to Mexico and the only true family he has. But the war is much closer to him than he suspects, and he quickly finds that no one is above suspicion – not even the family he loves.

From California to the Midwest to the Mayan ruins of Chichén Itzá, Marcus quickly learns that he must watch his back…or he’ll be the next victim in Mexico’s brutal drug war.

With its intense action, romance, and plot twists, Straw Man is guaranteed to keep you riveted to the surprising end.



Frankie Brubaker, the woman Ari Van Owen loves but can never have, has been abducted from the hospital where she works. There’s no ransom note, and no contact from the kidnappers. With his past experience working for the FBI, this type of investigation is right up Van Owen’s alley. In no time he uncovers clues that point to Frankie being held outside of the country, somewhere in the Amazon Jungle. But what Van Owen can’t determine is why.

A few days later, a flight from Brazil crashes near Louisville when the pilot and first officer suffer total paralysis en route. Just days after that, a popular South American baseball player is found dead in Cincinnati after succumbing to the same mysterious ailment. The FBI suspects the two high profile cases may be related, and they want Van Owen to do what he does best and connect the dots. 

The deeper Ari digs, the more it appears that Frankie’s abduction is linked to both the plane crash and the dead athlete. But before he can put the pieces together, the kidnappers are back – only this time they’ve targeted Van Owen, and their intentions are clear; they’ll either take him, or they’ll take him out.

With its action, plot twists, and romance, David Kettlehake’s second novel, Fever, will keep you riveted from the first page to the exciting, unexpected conclusion.


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