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THE CRAIGE INGRAM - Mystery Series


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Printed Version: 306 pages   Kindle Version: Available           Publisher: Wandering Sage, LLC (October 1, 2009)          Language: English             ISBN-10: 19-33300256             ISBN-13:  978-1933300252
Reviewer: Wendy Thomas, US Review Vault   of   Secrets   is   a   fast-paced,   quick-witted   tale   of   murder   and   deception   that   will   keep   you   guessing   until   the   end.   If   the   beginning   of   a   story   is   supposed   to have a hook, this story has one of the most exciting in-your-face openings in quite some time. During   the   annual   board   of   director's   banquet,   a   CEO   dies   of   what   looks   like   an   apparent   heart   attack.   The   death   and   subsequent   investigation   lead   to   murders and   ultimately   a   bank   conspiracy.   Craige   Ingram,   a   part-time   private   investigator   who   is   also   a   retired   Navy   SEAL   is   called   in   on   the   case   by   his   high   school buddy and fellow SEAL, Graysen MacGerald, who now works the homicide division for the police department. Together, they try to solve the crime. Craige,   a   cross   between   Chuck   Norris   and   James   Bond,   works   his   way   through   a   deceptive   world   of   high   finance.   MacKinney   does   a   great   job   of   defining   and maintaining   Craige's   character   who   comes   from   a   deeply   southern   background   and   was   raised   by   his   Grandmother. A   frazzled   sweet   gum   twig   in   the   corner   of her mouth, she'd call again, "'s not waitin'...chores to git done." Besides   being   southern   (How's   my   favorite   Georgia   peach?),   Craige   also   has   surprising   world   knowledge   and   is   not   afraid   to   voice   his   definite   opinions. "Cabernet   Sauvignon,   special   selection,"   Craige   said,   "Cabernet   grapes   make   some   fine   wine,   but   for   my   money,   Sauvignons   belong   in   salad   dressing.   Never one of my favorites." It   is   touches   like   these--one   character   hums   his   favorite   Disney   song   while   parking   his   car--that   make   Hawk   credible,   believable,   and   one   you   feel   compelled   to know. The   dialog   is   quick   and   snappy   adding   to   the   story   which   is   fast   paced   with   lots   of   action. The   plethora   of   detective   details,   information   on   SEALs,   as   well   as,   an insight to the banking world makes Vault of Secrets an enjoyable read. Look forward to more from this author.


Reviewer Arcadia News “...mayhem and murder with a touch of romance...” A   psychotic   killer   motivated   on   the   pure   pleasure,   a   lonely   widow   trying   to   make   honest   decisions   for   her   son   and   herself;   a   wealthy   private   investigator determined    to    solve    the    case    before    anyone    else    dies,    all    come    together    in    this    exciting    story.   A    compelling    tale    of    intrigue,    murder,    deception    and redemption...the   author   follows   former   Navy   SEAL   Craige   Ingramme,   as   he   searches   for   the   connection   between   seemingly   random   murders   and   a   bank conspiracy.   Working   with   the   local   homicide   investigator,   the   well-covered   trail   of   the   killer   leads   the   men   on   a   wild   goose   chase   that   tests   their   instincts   and   the skills they acquired as Navy SEALS.
Reviewer: Barbara Casey President, The Barbara Casey Agency Author: Shyla’s Initiative, The Coach's Wife, The House of Kane, Just Like Family and Cadence of Gypsies Vault   of   Secrets   is   a   gripping   classic   thriller   that   deftly   blends   intrigue   and   deception   that   leads   retired   Navy   SEAL/part-time   private   investigator   Craige   Ingram   in search   of   the   connection   between   seemingly   random   murders   and   a   banking   conspiracy...high-level   corruption   and   greed   filled   with   colorful   characters   ranging from filthy rich, high society "hob-nobs" to penniless "bag ladies." Working   with   the   local   homicide   investigator,   who   just   happens   to   be   a   former   Navy   buddy,   Craige   Ingram's   attempts   to   protect   a   captivating   widow   who   must make   heartrending   decisions   in   an   attempt   to   save   her   son   and   herself.   Thwarted   by   a   psychotic   killer   whose   motivation   is   based   on   pure   pleasure,   Ingram   must hunt the hunter as death skulks ever closer. The instincts and skills Ingram and his buddy acquired as Navy SEALS are tested to their limits. Hawk   MacKinney,   author   of   Moccasin   Trace,   once   again   wraps   his   unique   southern   flavor   around   a   blood-curdling,   page-turning   story   through   the   Vault   of Secrets,   the   first   in   his   Craige   Ingram   Mystery   Series.   Without   question,   this   author   knows   the   horrendous   reality   of   crime.   He   draws   upon   his   own   experiences as   a   retired   Navy   commander   to   weave   a   wonderfully   engaging   novel   that   combines   well-crafted   characters   with   page-gripping   action   from   beginning   to   end, leaving   the   reader   wide-eyed   with   fright   and   breathless   with   anticipation   for   more. A   highly   recommend   read   filled   with   the   pitfalls   of   power   at   the   top...the   ending will surprise you.
Considered for... The PEN/Faulkner Fiction Award Volume Iof the Craige IngramMystery Series