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Monday, October 08, 2012

Tour Stop: To Catch A Bad Guy by Marie Astor

Welcome to my stop at the To Catch a Bad Guy Book Tour, organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. I have an excerpt from the book to share plus other information about the book and where to buy it. There's also a giveaway at the end of this post. Don't forget to follow the tour to learn more about this book. ^_^

Title: To Catch a Bad Guy
Series: Janet Maple Series #1
Author: Marie Astor
Janet Maple is convinced that her life could not get any worse: her stellar career at the DA’s office ended with a lay off and her boyfriend of five years told her that he wants to be just friends. When she lands a job at one of New York’s premier boutique investment firms, Janet begins to hope that her luck is finally turning for the better. Not only is she happy with her new paycheck, but things also seem to be looking up on the personal front, as the company’s handsome attorney expresses keen interest in Janet. However, her euphoria is short-lived, as Janet soon discovers alarming facts about her new employer’s business tactics. When her boss dismisses her suspicions as groundless, Janet finds herself confiding to a cute IT engineer, Dean Snider. The closer she gets to Dean, the more Janet is tempted to break her rule of not dating co-workers, but what she doesn’t realize is that everything she knows about Dean, including his occupation and even his name, is a lie.

Dennis Walker is a top-notch white collar crime investigator who will stop at nothing to put culprits away. When an opportunity for an undercover assignment at one of New York’s premier boutique broker dealers comes up, Dennis jumps at the chance, adopting a persona of geeky IT engineer, Dean Snider. While he may be an ace at his job, years of experience fail him when Dennis meets Janet Maple and finds himself torn between his professional obligations and his personal desires. Will he have to choose between his feelings and duty, or will he find a way to satisfy both?

Dennis Walker sat in his boss’s office for an urgently scheduled briefing. It was lunch-time, and Dennis had left his post at Bostoff Securities under a pretext of a doctor’s appointment. When working undercover, he hated briefing meetings during business hours because of the risk of being tracked down, but his boss had made it clear that it was imperative for them to speak, and Dennis had no choice but to agree. He had been careful when he left Bostoff, and to his knowledge, he did not see anyone trailing him.

“Well, then, let’s get right to it, shall we?” Ham rested his fingertips on the coffee cup. “What have you got on Bostoff Securities so far, Dennis?”

Dennis had to make a mental effort to maintain a neutral expression. He had been sending regular reports to his boss, and he knew that Hamilton Kirk always read all of his subordinates’ reports, so why the silly spectacle?

“Well, sir, not much has changed since my last report,” Dennis formed the sentence deliberately in order to pique Hamilton.

“Not much, huh? Well, that’s disconcerting. In fact, that’s the reason why I called you in here today, Dennis.”

“But sir, with all due respect, undercover work takes time. Now that I have obtained access to Bostoff’s settlement data, I can confirm that Emperial, along with Creaton, Rigel, Gemini, and Sphinx are among Bostoff’s top clients. As you know, these hedge funds have previously been suspected of organized schemes to manipulate securities markets, yet the lack of concrete evidence prevented…”

Dennis did not get to finish his sentence.

“Yes, I am very well aware of this fact, Dennis, but so is the FBI. I just got a call from their white collar crime desk this morning. Apparently, FBI’s white collar crime desk has been doing some digging on Bostoff, and now, they are requesting investigation cooperation from every regulatory agency. I’m afraid Bostoff is no longer our case. We’ve lost any chances for a lead that we had.”

“But, sir, how can the Feds encroach on our case?” Dennis burst out, knowing full well that the question was rhetorical. After all, he had worked for the Feds for three years, and he knew that the eight-hundred-pound gorilla that they were, the Feds always got their way. “We’ve already done so much of the work. Granted, after we have gathered the information necessary for the investigation, we will pass it on to the Feds for criminal prosecution, but in the current state of the investigation, involving another party could put the entire operation at risk.”

“What a smooth talker you are, Dennis, but I’m afraid you can’t bullshit your way out of this one. The Feds are after glory. They’ve ballooned their staff, spawning all kinds of useless divisions, and now, they need to justify their existence with achievements, and what better way to do that than to snatch someone else’s catch?” “So that’s it? We’re done?”

A shrewd smile appeared on Ham’s lips. “Not quite – I got us an extension. Three more weeks was all I was able to get. They agreed that if we’re able to get the evidence to convict the buggers, we’ll be the first to announce the results of the investigation, then hand it over to the Feds for further action.”

“Three weeks,” Dennis repeated grimly.

“And not a day more.”

About Marie Astor
Marie Astor is the author of contemporary romance novels Lucky Charm, On the Rim of Love, This Tangled Thing Called Love, romantic suspense novel, To Catch a Bad Guy, and a short story collection, A Dress in a Window.

If you would like to find out more about Marie’s books, please visit Marie at her website:

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Good Reads:

Books by Marie Astor:
To Catch a Bad Guy
This Tangled Thing Called Love
Lucky Charm
On the Rim of Love

Marie will be giving away five prizes of custom made jewelry to randomly drawn commenters during the tour (Continental US only)

Prize 1: Agate and labradorite necklace with sterling silver accents
Prize 2: Smoky Quartz sterling silver plated necklace
Prize 3: Multi-quartz sterling silver plated necklace
Prize 4: Gray quartz, carnelian and onyx sterling silver plated necklace
Prize 5: Aventurine necklace with sterling silver plated accents

Follow the Tour
September 24: Mimmi's Musings 
September 25: Welcome to My World of Dreams
September 26: Sugarbeat's Books
September 27: The Bunny's Review
September 28: My Odd Little World
October 1: Book 'Em North Carolina
October 2: Books and Other Spells
October 3: SnifferWalk
October 4: Krystal Shannan - Where Love and Destiny Collide
October 5: My Devotional Thoughts
October 8: Wicked Readings By Tawania
October 9: Rogues Angels
October 10: Book Reviews By Dee
October 11: Flip Flops and Pearls
October 12: It's Raining Books
October 15: Queen of all She Reads
October 16: United By Books
October 17: My Reading Obsession
October 18: Dawn's Reading Nook
October 19: Bookgirl Knitting

1 comment:

  1. Very nice excerpt.



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