The Red Storm is the first vel from licensed private investigator-turned-velist Grant Bywaters, sure to appeal to fans of fellow competition winners Steve Hamilton and Michael Koryta, and lovers of P.I. vels and historical mysteries. Newly-minted private investigator William Fletcher is having trouble finding clientele. He's t the only man out of work, but his past as a former heavyweight contender with a few shady connections, t to mention the color of his skin in race-obsessed New Orleans isn't helping lure clients to his door. Stuck without any viable alternative, he takes a case from an old criminal acquaintance, Storm. His only client assures him that the job is simple, locate his missing estranged daughter, Zelda, questions asked. But when Fletcher starts kcking on doors, he sets off a catastrophic chain of events that turns the city into a bloody battleground between two rival syndicates. Then Storm is murdered and Fletcher finds himself caught between the police and dangerous mobsters. With Zelda's safety in the balance, the unlikely private detective finds himself saddled with a lot more than he bargained for.
GRANT BYWATERS has worked as a licensed private investigator. He now works security at the Portland Airport and is currently finishing his Bachelor's degree in psychology at Portland State University. Bywaters lives outside of Portland, Oregon. The Red Storm is his first novel.