It had started out to be such a good year – until he screwed things up. As a determined employee headed toward Edison Shaw’s office at the IRS Service Center in Fresno, California, he knows what he must do to protect his interests. A few moments after he enters Shaw’s office and closes the door for their meeting, the man pulls out a gun, points it at Shaw’s temple, and pulls the trigger – just as planned.
In this compelling crime thriller, Dick Hartmann is a seasoned FBI agent who heads up San Francisco’s Violent Crime Squad. When he and his elite squad are assigned to investigate a suspicious death at the IRS Service Center in Fresno, they’re soon led into the bowels of the city’s largest street gang – the Bulldogs. As the case grabs the attention of America’s president, the squad travels to Los Angeles and then to Mexico where they must infiltrate a drug cartel to take down a gang member with the power to ruin the lives of millions of American taxpayers. Now only time will tell if they can stop him before it is too late.
“Great first book!”
Five Star Review on Amazon By Gregory J. Gapinski
Story line is intriguing, and the characters are vivid. Plenty of twists and turns to keep you going. Looking forward to the next book to see where the team goes next!
About the Author
Richard V. Rupp is a a crime fiction author. His first novel in the Hartmann FBI series, Death & Taxes, was published in August 2915 and won the the IBA 2016 Benjamin Franklin Silver Award for Best New Voice:Fiction.
He was interviewed about Death & Taxes by Pattie Daly Caruso (Carson Daly’s mom) on her Valley View T.V. show. This interview can be seen on her website at www.pattie.tv. It is the April 3, 2016 show.
Dick was born in Santa Monica, California and grew up in a Hollywood movie industry family. He served in the Army Reserve where he was assigned to the Army Finance Corp. His business career led him to the commercial insurance industry, where he became an executive that specialized in developing new insurance and risk financing products (captive insurance companies, finite risk concepts, risk secularization products). His forte was research, writing, and designing risk management and risk funding products to be used by major corporations. His positions allowed him to travel the world including frequent trips to London, Bermuda, and Cayman. This proved to be a great background for a crime novel writer.
Dick and the love of his life Coleen, now split their time between Los Angeles and Palm Desert, California. Coleen encourages Dick’s passion for writing, and serves as the primary editor for his creative endeavors.
Dick’s first crime novel “Death & Taxes” is the beginning of a franchise about FBI Special Agent Dick Hartmann and his San Francisco based squad. His second novel “Death on the High Seas” is in the initial editing process, and the first draft of “Death at Sunnylands” is under way.
More info on Dick is available on his website – www.richardvrupp.com