13 Million Dollar Pop by David Levien

Posted By Ethan Cross on Sep 12, 2011 | 0 comments

For this month’s BIG THRILL, I had the great opportunity to interview David Levien…

Lee Child proclaimed David Levien to be a “must-read thriller writer,” and David’s work has been described as “Violent and compelling, with the flavour of Michael Connelly’s Harry Bosch, this is American thriller writing at its rocket-fuelled, roller-coaster best.”  David has written three books featuring retired detective, Frank Behr, but he is also well known for his screenplay and directorial work on such popular Hollywood productions as Ocean’s Thirteen, Rounders, Knockaround Guys, Walking Tall, and Runaway Jury.

In the newest book in the series, 13 Million Dollar Pop, Frank Behr is on an executive protection detail for Bernard “Bernie Cool” Kolodnik, a hard-driving real estate mogul on the verge of making a move into big-time Indiana politics, when it all goes wrong in a chaotic burst of automatic weapons fire.

Behr has been working for the Caro Group, an exclusive “white-shoe” private investigation and security firm, and finds it an uncomfortable fit, both literally and philosophically. But with his girlfriend, Susan, pregnant and near her due date, Behr has had to put his private detective lifestyle on hold in order to make a salary.

Now with his white-collar stability rocked by the attempt on the prominent client’s life, Behr can‘t help but investigate what happened—and question why the Indianapolis Police Department seems to be burying the incident. Navigating a labyrinthine landscape of hardened former feds, crooked real estate developers, casino magnates, and power seekers feeding on the edge of a dangerous political scheme, Behr goes head-to-head with a cold-blooded assassin who is more terrifying than anything ever seen in Indianapolis.

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