Title: Shadows in the Fog
Author: Greg Messel
Publisher: Sunbreaks Publishing
Genre: Mystery Thriller
The story begins on a stormy morning in February of 1959. The front page of the morning paper is dominated by news of the plane crash which killed rock ’n roll stars Buddy Holly, the Big Bopper and Richie Valens.
Private Eye Sam Slater is hired to perform what he thinks is a routine two-day job as a favor for a friend. However, it all goes terribly wrong when a young
policeman is gunned down while sitting in a
parked car with Sam. San
The murder sets off a chain of events which will pull Sam and his wife and partner, Amelia, into a dangerous web of intrigue in the dark, shadowy alleys and back rooms of
’s San Francisco Chinatown.
In the winter of 1959, Amelia resigns as a TWA stewardess and is now Sam’s full time partner in the private eye business.
Sam and Amelia inadvertently come in conflict with the
mob boss after helping a crusading newspaper reporter who is working to expose
corruption in San Francisco Chinatown. Now a mysterious dark
car follows the Slaters every where they go. Sam and Amelia discover a hidden
world of corrupt cops, gambling parlors, brothels and human trafficking exists
right under their noses.
At the same time, a rising
politician hires Sam and Amelia
to find his daughter who disappeared without a trace three years earlier. The
search is prompted by the sudden appearance of a letter from the woman, who was
presumed dead. California
As Sam and Amelia pursue these cases, they discover that all the clues lead them back to
The Slaters want to avoid taking on the crime lords head-on. However, when Amelia is
kidnapped in an alley during the Chinese New Year’s celebration, Sam plunges
himself into danger desperately searching San
to find her before it’s too late.
The reader will be drawn into fast moving events which culminate in a harrowing conclusion as Sam Slater races against the clock on a foggy night in
“Shadows In The Fog” is the fifth book in the the award winning Sam Slater Mysteries Series but is a stand-alone thriller in the tradition of great whodunits.Book Excerpt:
The heavy blanket of clouds that had hung on the city all day was especially thick in the
area near Playland. It felt like rain. Ocean Beach
When Amelia arrived at her car, which she had parked in a side lot by the Funhouse, she opened the door before removing her trench coat and tossing it on the front seat. She had been overdressed in Cassandra’s parlor, leaving on her coat over her gray wool dress.
As she stood by her car, a slow moving large blue car caught her eye. She froze. There were two lines of parked cars in the lot. Amelia noticed that the driver of the car seemed to be watching her as he slowly drove through the parking lot.
She watched the man suspiciously and wondered if he might be looking for a parking spot. Maybe the man in the blue car was waiting for her to vacate her spot. Amelia continue to watch him and thought if he tried something she could always turn and run into the Funhouse.
The large blue car then stopped as it entered the row where Amelia was parked.
Amelia leaned in to place her purse on the seat and thought of taking the handgun out of her purse. It was then that the blue car suddenly accelerated and then slammed on it’s brakes with a screech right behind Amelia’s car.
Amelia had been concentrating on the slow-moving car and never saw the second man rapidly approaching her from behind. The assailant put a black hood over Amelia’s head and grabbed her arm, painfully twisting it behind her before pushing her into the back seat of the blue car. The swiftness of the attack was so unexpected that Amelia had no chance to cry out before she felt herself being held down on the back seat by the large powerful man.
She heard the car door slam. “Let’s get outta here!” the man said to his partner and the car began to drive away.
About the Author
Greg Messel has spent most of his adult life interested in writing, including a career in the newspaper business. He won a Wyoming Press Association Award as a columnist and has contributed articles to various magazines. Greg retired from the corporate world and now lives in
South Jordan, with his wife of over 40 years, Carol Madsen Messel. They have three adult children who are married and have 11 grandchildren. Utah
Greg has written eight novels. His latest is "Shadows In The Fog" which is the fifth in a series of mysteries set in 1959
. " San Francisco Strangler," "San Francisco Secrets," "Deadly Plunge" are sequels to the first book in the series "Last of the Seals." His other three novels are "Sunbreaks," "Expiation" and "The Illusion of Certainty." Fog City
Greg is currently working on his ninth novel--the sixth in the mystery series--"Cable Car Mystery"--which will be published in late 2015.
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