Born in Melbourne, Australia, I studied accounting in College before the allure of a career in tennis led me to make a tough decision. Remain home and become a CPA, or travel the world playing tennis? Did I say, tough decision? I accepted a tennis scholarship to America and graduated with a degree in Economics & Finance in 1985. After graduation, and with the dream of a playing career cut short by injury, it was time for a new challenge. Thus, began a ten-year stint with a major U.S. airline traversing the country in numerous roles. More recently, before the writing bug took hold, I toiled for fifteen years as a bank executive in Dallas, Texas.
During Maddy Holt’s senior year in high school she interns for veteran journalist, Elliot Kruger. They quickly forge a close bond; however, after the death of his wife Bebe, Elliot abruptly disappears. Distraught and searching for answers, Maddy stumbles upon clippings detailing Elliot’s years as a wartime correspondent, threatening notes he’s penned, and a cryptic list of names; the first of which died mysteriously day’s earlier. Convinced he’s embarked on a killing spree, ever obstinate Maddy jets off to Italy. Arriving in Trieste she is met by Grant Stanhope (a family friend), but not in time to prevent another murder. Using Elliot’s notes as a guide, Maddy and Grant race across the Balkan states to Belgrade. But powerful unknown forces are at play and they are forced to flee in the dead of night. Frightened, and not knowing where to turn, they head to the only place they can hope to find answers; a bucolic Bosnian village. Bebe’s hometown. There, they discover the shocking secrets behind the men Elliot is pursuing. The assumed identity of the final man on his list. And in a deadly race against time to stop history repeating.