Ross Crothers has published two novels, his latest is Dead Man's Cut. The books are available for purchase in paperback or for download to electronic reading devices.
Dead Man's Cut
Following a personal calamity, Ash Todd becomes an emotional basket case. The AFP orders a time-out from his job, and with the help of friends, he lands a casual stint … as head of security … on a mega-yacht, owned by a private casino boss in Macau.
But it’s a weird mix of people on board … high-rollers, hookers, a lady-boy. Even the yacht’s captain carries a question mark. After a bout of boozing, gambling and late-night arguments, a mutilated body is discovered. Macau Police take control and, under pressure, the skipper makes a run for it … but is soon arrested and slammed into a prison cell.
The casino boss hires Todd to investigate further. In Shanghai and Hong Kong he is warned-off, beaten and slashed. He escapes with vital evidence and as political pressure mounts, uncovers a blurred trail of power. In his hunt for the truth, questions arise. Who is the real killer? And does anyone care? With a looming countdown and more lives on the line, including his own, the final question is … can Ash Todd save them?
Two men are murdered – gangland style – in an exclusive London hotel. Their connection? They were responsible for the conviction of a conman and fraudster, ten years earlier. Ash Todd of the Australian Federal Police, prosecuted that case with Scotland Yard. Now The Yard has called him in again …urgently.
The search for the killer propels Todd from London to the Riviera, to New York and the Cayman Islands. People are terrified to talk. Something, or someone, has them gripped with fear. In every city his life is threatened. Someone seemingly knows his every move, before he makes it. Someone is betraying his trust. Worse, on the cusp of a breakthrough and when he needs them most, The Yard seemingly withdraws support – which leaves him hanging. Did they really want the case solved – or were they just Running Dead?
Alone, feeling increasingly isolated in strange surroundings, he can rely on no-one but himself. With a mounting death toll, and twists in the end that leave him emotionally distraught, Todd discovers some vital truths - to the murders; to the ten-year-old fraud case, and ultimately who had betrayed him on his hunt.