Wine Killer by William Edgerton

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Entrepreneur, wine lover, and forensic enthusiast Jake Halsey is living a charmed life in California until he suffers a personal tragedy. Grief-stricken, he sells his lucrative software business and moves back to his hometown of Greenwich, Connecticut. Although he chooses to lead a seculded life and spend time in his workshop, Halsey has the insight to determine how crimes are perpetrated and the talent to design and build devices to trap the perpetrators. The murder of an investment banker via a poisoned bottle of wine lead's Jake's longtime friend, Greenwich Chief of Detectives Dave Riley, to call on Jake to lend his broad expertise to the investigation. This peculiar event quickly gathers horrific company as Jake and the police task force uncover a series of bizarre and sometimes grotesque wine-related crimes that suggest a strange pattern. Though the killer uses a different method for each, the crimes have two things in common: they all involve high-tech gadgetry, and they are all wine-related. Suspense builds as Jake tries to figure out motive, identify the next target, and stop the series of devilishly-clever crimes. The Greenwich detectives are closing in on their diabolically creative quarry when a horrible truth is revealed that rocks the foundations of Jake Halsey's world. For Jake, the stakes in solving the Wine Murders become impossibly high. Is his entire past life a lie? If so, whose lie is it? Jake struggles for emotional detachment as the investigation accelerates, rushing toward a climatic confrontation with the killer. No knowledge of wine is necessary to understand Wine Killer, but such knowledge will add a layer of enjoyment.

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Published August 18, 2011 by Halsey Press. 330 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Details of the case are often reiterated, including numerous lists of locations or methods of murder, but the story is not repetitive and instead these feel like continuous updates.

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