The Butcher’s Bill by Martin Roy Hill
In Iraq, a shipment of $9 billion in cash goes missing. Each effort to find it ends in death. In Southern California, a mercenary’s murder, a severed head, and a bloody hand-written message spark a massive manhunt.
The man connecting these two events is William Butcher, aka The Butcher. Those who stole the money want him dead. The cops want him for murder. Butcher’s only hope is his former NCIS colleague and closest friend, Linus Schag.
Torn between loyalties, Schag walks the thin line between doing his job or betraying his friend. Working from opposite ends, Schag and Butcher peel back the layers of conspiracy, revealing a criminal enterprise reaching into the highest levels of government.
Torn from today’s headlines, the plot of The Butcher’s Bill ranges from the California mountains to the waters of the Pacific, and will keep readers on edge until its final, explosive climax.
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“A Story of Conspiracy, Murder, and Retribution”
Five Star Review on Amazon By Jay Allan Storey
Loved this book! Highly original plot, engaging, sympathetic characters, non-stop action, and plot twists up the ying-yang. NCIS agent Linus Schag is chasing an old friend who appears to have ‘gone rogue’ and embarked on a killing spree, and, in the process, uncovers high-level corruption and the theft of billions during the Iraq war. Kept me reading to the last page.
About the Author
Martin Roy Hill is the author of the military mystery thriller, “The Killing Depths,” the mystery thriller, “Empty Places,” and the award-winning short story collection, “DUTY: Suspense and Mystery Stories from the Cold War and Beyond.” “Eden: A Sci-Fi Novella,” was released in November 2014 to outstanding reviews. “The Last Refuge,” released in February 2016, was similarly received.
Martin spent more than 20 years as a staff reporter and editor for newspapers and magazines, before becoming a military analyst specializing in battlefield medical operations for the Navy. His freelance credits include Reader’s Digest, LIFE, Newsweek, Omni, American History, Coast Guard Magazine, Retired Officer Magazine, the Los Angeles Times Sunday Opinion Section, and many more.
Much of Martin’s freelance work involves historical topics, especially military history. He was a lead contributor to the 1995 WWII anthology, “From Pearl Harbor to Nagasaki: America at War,” published by the Retired Officer Association (now called the Military Officer Association. He was also a contributor to the Civil War anthology, “Gettysburg: Three Days that Saved the United States,” published by I-5 Publishing.
Martin’s short stories have appeared in such publications as Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, Alt Hist: The Magazine of Historical Fiction and Alternate History, Plan B Mystery Anthology, The Off the KUF Anthology Vol. 2, San Diego Magazine, and San Diego Writer’s Monthly. His first book, “DUTY,” was named the Best Short Story Anthology/Collection during the 2013 San Diego Book Awards (SDBA). “The Killing Depths” was also named a finalist for the SDBA Sisters In Crime Mystery Award in 2013. “Empty Places” received the same honor in 2014.
A veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard and Navy Reserves, and the California National Guard, Martin has also served on a sheriff’s wilderness search and rescue team, and on two disaster response teams. He lives in La Jolla, CA.
Martin is a professional member of Mystery Writers of America and International Thriller Writers.
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