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Tom Spears

Tom Spears February 10, 2013
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Pen Name
Tom Spears
Where I Live
United States

Mark Carson, a manager at Global Guidance Corporation, finds his employer is leaking critical defense department secrets after a coworker dies in his arms. Spurning help from the police, Mark and coworker Cathy Chin investigate their colleague's death. The pair soon realize they're on the right track when they become the targets of increasingly dangerous discouragement. 

In the world of American business, we often perceive hard work and persistence as the key behaviors that allow us to get ahead. They are often touted as the key elements of success.

But life is rarely that simple. At critical junctures, we are faced with significant choices that determine the arc of our remaining life. Sometimes those choices are subtle, such as who to stand next to at a cocktail party. Or they might be more obvious, like taking a job in a far off city, or agreeing to take back a cheating spouse.

Or pursuing a murderer.

Mark Carson was on a fast rise to the top of Global Guidance Corporation, a Minneapolis company that develops a variety of navigation and location products for consumers and the military. His wife’s multiple affairs temporarily knocked him off the ladder, but after their divorce and some time spent trying to make sense of it all, he was working harder than ever to get ahead.

But not everyone believes hard work is the way to advance one’s career. Some want to jump straight to the front of the line any way they can. Max Wong, a GGC engineer is one such person -- willing to take short cuts to reap the reward of significant wealth. But Wong’s shadow employer, known only as “Falcon” has his own agenda. When Wong’s usefulness runs out, Falcon is ready to move on, and Wong represents something he abhors -- a loose end.
Falcon’s solution to his problem leaves Carson is facing one of those critical choices -- one that will have long reaching impact on his life, and the lives of those around him. This time, rather than playing it safe, Carson selects the path less traveled. He decides to discover for himself who killed Max Wong, and why.

Carson quickly finds himself slipping deeper into a dangerous world of corporate crime, greed and violence. Teaming with co-worker Cathy Chin, he doggedly pursues the killers, even as it becomes clear they are deeply involved in GGC. The question becomes: Will he solve the crime before he and Chin become the next victims? And even if he succeeds, what will be left of his well ordered life?

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