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When Too Much Money is a Problem

Is there such a thing as too much money? Possibly. Say, for example, when you don’t know who the owner is, hmm? That’s the world Michael Flint dives into in my mystery novel Blood Trails. Michael Flint is an Heir Hunter extraordinaire. Flint tracks down people who are heirs to a fortune. Why do these […]

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Gold Coins

Man Finds $3.7 Million… Where?!

True Story: Major Surprise Comes with Man’s Inherited House In my book Blood Trails, I write about how complicated it can get when there is a fortune to be inherited. In the case of Blood Trails, a fictitious wealthy Texan named Sebastian Shaw hires Flint to find the woman who owns the mineral rights to […]

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7 Lessons on Success from Oil Tycoon Pickens

Based on everything I’ve read, T. Boone Pickens is a complicated man. He pursues wealth and then he gives it away — with great generosity. He’s a Republican unafraid to critique members of his own party. He’s an oil driller who fights for environmental causes. And he has a knack for turning losses into gains. He’s […]

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Gold Ring

Is Illegal Gold More Valuable Than Drugs?

What’s happening with gold in Latin America right now is really interesting to me because it overlaps with the plots of both of my two most recent books — Blood Trails and Deep Cover Jack. So, in Deep Cover Jack, a Hunt for Jack Reacher thriller, one of the questions that comes up is: Why […]

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Helicopter

What If You Were in a Helicopter When the Engine Fails?

If you want to write a great action scene, you’ve gotta know something about physics, know someone(s) who does, or be able to figure it out through research. For me, it’s a combination of all three when I write action scenes for my thrillers. One of them happens in Blood Trails, my new thriller novel […]

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Happy Mysteries Solved By Saliva

The mystery books I write always involve something nefarious. A crime, a cover-up, or, at the very least, suspicious characters are always elements of the story. But not all mysteries are tragic. A mystery can be a question. Like: Who are my biological parents? That’s where services like ancestry.com come in. Sometimes, those services aren’t […]

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Rockefeller Oil Monopoly

John D. Rockefeller: Creative or Criminal?

The storyline of my thriller, Blood Trails, is based around the fiercely competitive field of the oil business. While the story in Blood Trails is completely fiction, it’s supported by factual feuds between oil tycoons. One of the first major public conflicts surrounding the oil business originated with John D. Rockefeller, who demonstrated that the […]

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Surprise $40 Million Inheritance

Some people have all the luck, don’t they? In my novel Blood Trails, the job of my protagonist, Michael Flint, is basically to track down the people with “all the luck.” In other words, he’s an heir hunter. Michael Flint tracks down people who are heirs to a fortune. Why do these heirs need to […]

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ancestry

When Closed Adoptions Require Investigation

Many adopted or abandoned children, now adults, are on a mission to trace down their biological parents. Or at least, to find as much information about them as possible. Sometimes, such a search calls for a man like Michael Flint, the star of my thriller novel, Blood Trails. Michael Flint is a professional heir hunter. […]

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Blood Trails

When Can You Afford To Fail?

Call them what you will. Risk takers. Speculators. Explorers. All three can have similar implications in certain scenarios. All three are also descriptions of oil wildcatters. In this day and age, a wildcatter is generally someone who is drilling for oil in a spot where there’s no record of oil existing. It used to be […]

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