Suicide Season by Rex Burns
To get his agency off the ground, security expert Devlin Kirk takes a dangerous case
Book 1 in the Devlin Kirk series
Sabotage threatens the profits of industrial giant McAllister Enterprises. Twice already, accounting errors have forced the company to drop out of $100 million deals, and both times a competing firm, the Aegis Group, swooped in to take over. The CEO suspects industrial espionage, and the obvious suspect is division director Austin Haas, who declined a job offer from Aegis six months ago but may be working for them from the inside. Before firing Haas, the CEO wants to be sure. In this industry, when you want to be sure, you call Devlin Kirk.
Kirk, an ex-Secret Service agent, is struggling to establish his new private security agency. He doesn’t like McAllister and he doesn’t like the case, but debts are mounting against his small firm, and his client list is too short to say no. When Haas is found shot in an apparent suicide, things move from legal to lethal.
“[Burns] has got another winner in Devlin Kirk. This is a tight, hard-hitting story that proves how masterfully Mr. Burns uses the mystery genre against the Rocky Mountain backdrop.” - Washington Post
“Suicide Season is a complex case, with a lot of technical information on security systems and electronic surveillance procedures, but the puzzle isn't solved by hi-tech alone; it's resolved by looking into the human heart; and through this process, Kirk learns a good deal about himself.” - Mystery Scene
“[Burns] is once again in fine form. His writing is vivid, bringing to life the city of Denver and its citizens. The narrative moves along quickly and the characters are well-drawn, conversing with lively banter.” - Publishers Weekly
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