Crime Fiction, Mysteries and Thrillers
Noah Barnes grew up watching his hero, big brother Zeke, develop into an up-and-coming championship Heavyweight boxer. A tragic head injury leaves Zeke mentally impaired, and the “big brother” becomes the little brother, forcing Noah to resign from the police department so he can take care of Zeke.
Noah opens a Detective Agency, and his gentle giant brother tags along as a show of force when necessary. It’s only Zeke’s mirrored sunglasses, hiding his gentle,smiling eyes, that keep people from knowing the giant is far from violent.
Bored with matrimonial and insurance cases, Noah longs for the day when a “real case” will come along and offer a challenge to his old police detective skills. His day comes when Dr. Anne Lynch, a beautiful veterinarian who owns an organic dairy farm in rural Pennsylvania calls him for help. Noah and Zeke drive out to Anne’s farm, where Zeke is instantly smitten with Anne’s dog Cody and the rest of her animals. Noah finds himself smitten as well—but not with the farm animals. Anne is a widow, and a smart, witty woman who captivates Noah from their first meeting.
Anne explains how Globalvision Energy has purchased the farm next door and has been fracking and deep-well drilling for natural gas. As a result of their drilling, she believes her animals are getting sick and dying. Her healthy herd of Holsteins is reduced to a quarantined pack of worthless beef, and no one will help her. The DEP, the local Ag Board and her government ignore her tissue samples and medical opinions. “Fracing is legal”, and she’s just out of luck. Desperate to save her farm, she hires Noah to help prove the culpability of the drillers next door, but as Noah looks into the case, he finds much more than he bargained for.
With billions of dollars at stake, this could be the case that gets Noah killed…
Ivan “The Butcher” Bulovski, is the ruthless head of the Russian Mob in Moscow. His organization is more powerful than some countries. Employing out-of-work Russian scientists and diamond cutters, The Butcher succeeds in developing synthetic diamond thin-films to create the next generation of super-computers. These computers will be used for the largest bank heist in world history.
Just two obstacles stand in The Butcher’s way—the FBI is following the bodies that lead from New York City to Moscow, and are getting closer every day; and one of Ivan’s diamond cutters got spooked and took off with “The Star of Moscow”. Max, an old diamond cutter who is terrified of The Butcher, doesn’t know the flawless diamond is synthetic. If discovered, this diamond may unravel all of Ivan’s multi-billion dollar plans.
With so much as stake, The Butcher sends his former-Spetsnaz body guards after Max to track down his diamond, while evading the FBI until he can unleash his computer on the World Wide Web and crack every major bank around the globe. A rich story woven with high-tech computers, old world characters, unlikely heroes and action around the globe, Hard Carbon offers a glimpse into the diamond trade and cyber security
Ben Bova says, “David M. Salkin’s HARD CARBON is a taut, fast-paced thriller that takes the reader into the deadly yet fascinating world of Russian oligarchs and American intelligence agencies. Be warned, you’ll have a hard time putting this one down, once you start reading it.”
David M. Salkin is the author of seven published novels. He currently serves as the Mayor of Freehold Township, NJ where he has served as an elected official for twenty years. Salkin’s books have won Gold and Bronze Medals in the Stars & Flags Book Awards. David is a graduate of Rutgers University with a BA in English Literature and a Master Graduate Gemologist (GIA). He co-owns a jewelry store with his brother. David is an associate member of the Philip A. Reynolds Detachment of the Marine Corps League and a founding member of the Veteran’s Community Alliance which supports veterans and their families. He is also an avid Scuba Diver.