Publisher: Keith Hirshland (February 15, 2018)
Category: Mystery Thriller, Detective/Police Procedural
Tour dates: May/June, 2018
Available in Print and ebook,256 pages
Daisy Burns was a likable, devoted wife and mother who spent her spare time volunteering at school events. Everyone loved Daisy. So why would someone shoot her three times and dump her body behind a Planned Parenthood chapter in North Carolina?
With no witnesses and few leads, Raleigh detective Marc Allen turns to the press for help—specifically, veteran news anchor Lancaster Heart. Heart agrees to broadcast the police department’s plea for information in his nightly newscasts.
Elderly viewer and longtime social worker Blanche Avery is positive she recognizes the photograph on the television as an older version of her friend Daisy— the young, heavily pregnant girl she met years before who made the decision to give her child up for adoption.
When Tanner Goochly Jr.—a member of a notorious crime family—becomes the victim of another point-blank shooting, Allen races to discover the connection between the murders. Could it be that Daisy was somehow involved with an illegal enterprise, or was she hiding something else, another secret to be discovered?
The body count is rising, and the suspect pool is widening. As Allen’s investigation reaches a fever pitch, he realizes that a mother’s choice could have killer consequences.
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“Keith Hirshland gets better with each book. A wonderful crime mystery with fun twists. And if you have ever spent time in Carolina or Northern Nevada there are quite a few local tidbits to enjoy mixed in. I look forward to more from the media guy turned novelist! This is his best book yet!”-Bruce, Amazon Review
Hank Hickox stared at the twenty-, fifty-, and hundred-dollar bills floating in the laundry sink he had installed in the barn. As soon as Cody’s truck was out of sight, he brought the bag of currency into the house and dumped it all out onto the table in his kitchen. It was more money than usual. He separated out a small pile and put the rest back in the bag, retied it, and set it aside. He took less this time than last, making a mental note to take more next time. “That looks about right, don’t it, Duke?” The dog ignored his master. His mind was purely on getting at the marrow inside some big bone. Hickox had been skimming money from his brother- and nephew-in-law for years. The first couple of times, it made him nervous, but it turned out to be so easy, for a number of reasons. First of all, the Goochlys were an extremely loyal clan, and while they didn’t warm to Hank in the beginning stages of his courtship with their daughter, sister, aunt, they decided they liked him if she liked him. When Betty Lou Goochly became Betty Lou Hickox, they loved him.
Another reason taking the candy from these particular babies ended up being easy was that neither Tanner Goochly Sr. nor Jr. was very smart. For example, Hickox learned that both father and son assumed the other counted the money, when neither actually could be bothered. They just stuffed it in bags and gave it to that snot-nosed kid, Cody, who gave it to Hank. It was then his job to leave it in a Dumpster or trash can behind whichever business the Goochlys decided was that week’s drop, to be picked up by one of many unknown, unnamed delivery delinquents. And because of reason number one, even if they realized that some of the money was being siphoned out of the system, Hank Hickox would have been the last person they suspected. A third reason was the lack of a paper trail. Hank never put any of the stolen Jacksons, Grants, or Benjamins in a bank. His preference was coffee cans, a variety of Folgers, Taster’s Choice and Maxwell House, buried a few feet deep around the vast acreage that composed the Hickox estate. He had already taken this week’s take—he figured about $7,500—and run it through a small cement mixer filled with a couple of shovels full of Carolina dirt, and now he was rinsing it in the sink. It made the bills appear older, more well worn, used. He chuckled the first time he thought of himself as a “money launderer.” Then he realized he was just a plain old thief, stealing from other thieves. After the money dried, he’d roll it up, wrap a rubber band around it, then go out to the south forty and find a can. Over the years, he figured he had put several hundred thousand bucks of the Goochlys’ illegal gambling earnings in Hickox family ground. It was a fairly steady stream of income that was interrupted for about thirty-five months when Tanner Goochly Sr. was in the hoosegow. The betrayal all started the day after he lost his Betty Lou to a shocking, sudden illness. The doc said a blood vessel burst near the base of her brain, killing her instantly. Called it a cerebral aneurysm and said she wouldn’t have felt any pain. How the hell could
he know that? Hank thought. He had no way of knowing if she suffered any pain, or how long it took her to die. Nobody did. Hank found her on the kitchen floor, soup pot boiling on the stove, after he had come in from working one of the fields. All he had wanted was a drink of cold water and a kiss. He’d never get one of those two things again. Hank’s heart broke, and then it broke again when he had to tell his ten-year-old little girl when she came home from school and wondered where Mommy was. Hank never had a way with words, and holding back tears, he simply said, “She died, honey. Mommy just died.” He told the Goochlys too, both Tanners and Betty Lou’s father, Gus, who took it the hardest. In fact, four days later, Gus Goochly blew his brains out in his car, a picture of a teenage Betty Lou in his lap, so they had ended up burying two Goochlys in one day.
Praise Big Flies by Keith Hirshland
“Big Flies by Keith Hirshland is a great read. I found myself intrigued by this talented writer’s style. A mystery woven into another mystery. The suspense was great. I enjoyed following the characters throughout the book. This novel was realistic, stunning, and one that all readers can easily connect to in one or more ways. Brilliant, clever, and mysterious. Keith Hirshland has a way that lured me in deep. I couldn’t stop reading it. ‘Big Flies’ is one mystery I highly recommend to all. 5 Stars.”-Danielle, Urban Book Reviews
“Mr. Hirshland’s style is both engaging and entertaining. He has written and delivered a thoroughly wonderful tale of mystery and intrigue. Will the author continue to write fiction? If this first novel is any indication, I certainly hope so!”-LuAnn, Back Porchervations
“Get ready, sit back, and enjoy this book, because the author really has a way with words as well as a fun and fascinating plot at hand. If you love action and surprises, you will get your fill here. If you enjoy things on the humorous and witty side, this book will fit the bill that way as well. Big Flies has plenty of great characters (both past and present), good buddies to enjoy you’ll want to be pals with too, a bit of mystifying romance, and some vivid and marvelous scenes. There will be mystery stacked upon mystery, some cool 8 track tapes with great choices in music thrown in, and fantastic, detailed twists. Get swept up in this fabulous, fun mystery by Keith Hirshland!”-Jean, Snap Out Of It Jean
“I really enjoyed following along with each person as you discover more about each one along with how four unsolved mysteries may be linked to everything. I admit that the beginning was a touch slow as you start learning about Chester and Leland, but then the story takes off like a flash. This is a great adventure and one that I recommend you check out. You will not be disappointed. 5 Stars.”-Jessica, J Bronder Book Reviews
Award winning author, Keith Hirshland is an Emmy Award–winning sports television producer with more than three decades of experience producing shows that aired on ESPN and ESPN2. Among the first forty people to be hired by the Golf Channel in 1994, Hirshland was in the middle of the action when it premiered in 1995. He provided his talents for the golf network for close to two decades.
The Flower Girl Murder is Hirshland’s second novel and third book. Big Flies, his first mystery novel, was published in 2016. It is the winner of the New Apple Awards: Solo Medalist Award and runner up for the 2016 Shelf Unbound Best Indie Book of the Year. Cover Me Boys, I’m Going In: Tales of the Tube from a Broadcast Brat is a memoir about his experiences in the television industry. It was Book Talk Radio Club’s Memoir of the Year”.
Hirshland lives in New Jersey with his wife and Bernese mountain dog.
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