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FEBRUARY 11, 2020

BOOK #9 in the Detective Jack Murphy Thriller series.

Release date: February 11, 2020

In rural Indiana, the underground mines that once held coal and iron ore have become killing grounds. In two counties, five corpses have been discovered. Their deaths appear accidental, from drowning or suffocating. But local authorities have uncovered evidence suggesting they’ve all been murdered.

Assigned to the case as Federal Agents, Detectives Jack Murphy and Liddell Blanchard take charge of the investigation. As Jack digs deep into the case, he discovers the victims have checkered pasts. But no matter who believes the killings are justified, someone still has to pay for the crime…

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“Reed writes as only a cop can…impressive and dramatic.”Nelson DeMille
“Detective Jack Murphy tracks killers through a political maze of lies, deception and dishonor that leads to a violent, pulse-pounding climax.”Robert S. Levinson


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THE FIERCEST ENEMY (Book #9 in the Det. Jack Murphy thriller series) will be released February 11, 2020.

Signing #1 is at the Sullivan Public Library, Sullivan Indiana on March 12 @ 5:30pm.

Signing #2 will be at Barnes & Noble in Evansville, Indiana on March 14 from 11:00am to 1:00pm.

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Rick Reed

Jack Murphy Thriller Series

Rick Reed

Rick is a former homicide detective who now writes thriller crime novels.

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When I wrote an underground newsletter for the police department I never intended (nor would have guessed) that I would become the author of an extended thriller series. The purpose of he newspaper was to poke fun to lighten the mood at the precinct– act as a morale builder.
Back then I ‘published’ by leaving 20 or 30 copies on tables and desks around the police station. Readers would make copies and send them to other law enforcement agencies such as the FBI Academy and the U.S. Secret Service Academy. I was hooked. But it wasn’t until I caught a serial killer that my writing career took off.
I co-wrote BLOOD TRAIL, a true crime book, and wanted to continue writing–but not true crime. I waited three years to have the chance to write fiction and that was the beginning of the Jack Murphy thrillers.

Murphy slowly lifted his

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