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Dying is as perilous as secrets and lies.
Detective Oliver Tucker never knew how perilous until he stumbled onto William Mendelson—murdered in a hidden vault where Egyptian relics and World War II secrets were once stashed.
Now those relics are missing. The secrets are coming out. The dead are talking.
Tuck, the detective for the dead—the Gumshoe Ghost—is pulled into the case by the spirit of a World War II Office of Strategic Services operative with his own agenda. OSS Captain Ollie Tucker I—Tuck's namesake—knows the past is catching up to the survivors of an Egyptian spy ring from more than seventy years ago. With the help of his beautiful and brilliant wife, Angel, and his gruff former partner, Detective Bear Braddock, Tuck must unravel a tale of spies, murderers, and thieves. But how to begin? Perhaps, with the botched robbery at Mendelson's bank and the disappearance of his Egyptian loot? The Kit Kat West nightclub where the sultry Lee Hawkins revives 1944 Cairo nightlife with her WWII veteran grandfather, Keys Hawkins? There are too few clues and too many suspects—like Marshal Mendelson, the conniving, bitter son; a suave bank executive wooing Angel; the vivacious bank teller sharing whispers with a lonely but heroic security guard; and there's the alluring and dangerous Egyptian antiquities professor whose arrival in Winchester coincides with Mendelson's murder.
Who killed William Mendelson and what did his murder have to do with the 1944 murder of Professor Youssif Iskandr?
As Tuck's case unfolds, he confronts the growing distance between his death and Angel's life—and the solution is a killer of its own.
Midnight Ink, paperback, January 2016, ISBN: 9780738742076
For Oliver Tucker, dying is not for the faint of heart.
Neither is the murder of a mysterious philanthropist with ties to the Russian mob and 1939 gangsters.
Still an earth-bound spirit-detective, Tuck is on the case with the help of his wife, Professor Angela Tucker, and his former partner, Detective Bear Braddock. Together, they must find the killer and be the first to read "the book"—an old gangster's journal of the roots of espionage, racketeering, and corruption leading to the identity of modern-day powerbrokers and spies. Tuck finds a colorful cast of allies in a tough Assistant U.S. Attorney General, a secretive FBI agent, and the spirits of a long-dead 1930's gangster and his sassy girlfriend. As the case unfolds, so does the list of suspects like Angela's close friend and retired mobster, a Russian thug making his move into Winchester, a tenacious paranormal investigator stalking Angela, and the philanthropist's beautiful widow holding the key to millions of hidden loot and the location of "the book." Can Tuck stop the killing and unmask a traitor or will the book continue to keep its secrets?
As Tuck searches to learn the secrets of "the book," he begins to unravel his own ancestry of mobsters, adventurers, and wayward spirits. Is being a ghost hereditary?
Even while chasing a killer, the biggest challenge Tuck must conquer is how to be back amongst the living but not one of them.
Midnight Ink, paperback, January 2015, ISBN: 9780738742069
Dying is overrated. Murder is not.
That's what Detective Oliver Tucker used to think. Not now. He's dead—murdered—and back as an earth-bound spirit to help his wife, Professor Angela Tucker, crack the most important case of his life—his own.
But, this is not a ghost story; it's a murder case.
Tuck knows why he is back among the living but not one of them—Detective Solve Thyself. Perhaps he was murdered because of his last case—a murder involving a retired mob boss, a local millionaire land developer, a New York hit man, and the local university elite. Or could it be that Bear Braddock, his best friend and partner for more than fifteen years, wants Angela? Tuck knows that everything surrounds Kelly's Dig where the discovery of Civil War graves may put an end to a multi-million dollar highway project. If it does, who stands to gain the most? Enough to kill?
Using his unique skills, Tuck weaves through half-truths and generations-old lies chasing a madman. And he's not alone—others, dead and alive—are hunting the same killer. Still nothing can change the truth—it is the living, not the dead, who are most terrifying.
Midnight Ink, paperback, January 2014, ISBN: 9780738739502
"TJ O'Connor has a smash hit with his debut novel Dying to Know. I certainly was because I couldn't stop reading."
—Stephen Frey, bestselling author of Red Cell 7
Murder, like history, often repeats itself. And when it does, it's the worst kind of murder.
Detective Richard Jax was never good at history. After years as a cop, he was about to get the lesson of his life.
As Jax lay dying after being gunned down at an old inn while on a case, he's saved by Captain Patrick "Trick" McCall—the ghost of a World War II OSS agent—who has been waiting since 1944 for a chance to solve his own murder. Soon, Jax is a suspect in a string of murders—murders linked to smuggling refugees out of the Middle East—a plot similar to the World War II OSS operation that brought scientists out of war-torn Europe. With the aid of a beautiful and intelligent historian, Dr. Alex Vouros, Jax and Trick unravel a seventy year-old plot that began with Trick's murder in 1944. Could the World War II mastermind, code named Harriet, be alive and up to old games? Is history repeating itself?
Together, they hunt for the link between their pasts—confronted by some of Washington's elite and one provocative, alluring French Underground agent, Abrielle Chanoux. Somewhere in Trick's memories is a traitor. That traitor killed him. That traitor is killing again.
Who framed Jax and who wants Trick's secret to remain secret? The answer may be, who doesn't?