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Publisher's Summary

Renowned screenwriter and television director Raymond Austin introduces Beauford Sloan to the world of crime fiction in the author's exciting debut. An ex-cop turned P.I., Sloan investigates the mysterious theft of an armored truck full of diamonds and the death of an Eagle Security guard. Set in Washington, DC, the case takes the cunning Beauford to Morocco and finally to Spain, where he makes the shocking discovery of the mastermind behind the Eagle heist. An Eagle Security armored truck carrying sixteen million dollars worth of diamonds and three million in cash disappears in Washington, DC. The only clue the police and FBI have is the distress call from the crew of Eagle Eleven as it was under attack.
Days later, the harpoon-impaled body of one of the guards floats to the banks of the Potomac River. But the body's discovery doesn't put the authorities any closer to finding the diamonds, the money, or the killers of Eagle's guards.
Six months later, with the case gone cold, ex-Virginia cop turned private investigator Beauford Sloan leaves the serenity of his Blue Ridge Mountain ranch and takes the case, on the request of the dead guard's mother. She wants her son's killers brought to justice. Eagle Security's insurance company wants the diamonds and money recovered, and the police and FBI want to close the case. Beauford Sloan sets out on a trail of clues where death seems to follow his every step.
©2001 Raymond Austin; (P)2002 Blackstone Audiobooks
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Critic Reviews

"Everything about the novel is remarkably likable; perhaps because he spent decades in the world of moving pictures, Austin knows how to create detailed characters, dialogue that is both memorable and realistic, and an exciting plot. An excellent debut and a real find." (Booklist)
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3 out of 5 stars
By MidwestGeek on 07-03-11

Enjoyable characters, much action, shallow plot

I enjoyed the first part of the book getting to know Beauford Sloan and his friends and the build-up of suspense. There is a lot of action. However, after a certain point, the plot became transparent and the villain not hard to guess, almost by the process of elimination. It is written like a TV movie, which perhaps it will become, with lots of action, but in the end, I was disappointed. The police and FBI are not so dumb as they were made out. The actor look-alike Wilford Brimley is overdone. The narrator is good; no complaints. If, like me, you never heard of Ray Austin, it won't spoil the book if you look him up on the wikipedia.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Frank Spalitto on 01-30-12

Very Disappointing

This book read like it was written byan amateur. A lot of extranious language that had very little meaning to the story. When reading a bookk , especally one of adventure and intrigue, I have no time to listen trivial talk. Will think twice before I listen to Mr. Austin.

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