Welcome to the Blog of Sean E Thomas. I have six new novels out and coming out from Whiskey Creek Press: Lost Legion, Silent Killer, Stalker, Alaska Dutchman, Deadly Rites Nov 2012 and Frozen Treasure June 2013. My early books in the series are available from Barnes and Noble and Amazon.com–Dark Gold http://www.amazon.com/Dark-Gold-Sean-Thomas/dp/0741409119/ Dark Shaman http://www.amazon.com/Dark-Shaman-Sean-Thomas/dp/1553957873/ Others are also available . . .
Archive for June, 2011
Sergeant Robert Sable and his partner, Aaron McCabe, have been called to a crucifixion at Saint James’ Church. Someone killed and nailed a priest to a hewn cross, raised it, inverted and left it hanging in the center of the sanctuary. At the base of the cross, a plaque reads “For the Children.” A parishioner finds an unconscious priest next to the cross and calls the troopers. He has a bloody knife in his hands and across his chest are scattered photographs of both priests molesting the parishioners’ children. CSIs also find pornography on the priests’ computers and in their rooms.
At first, the case seems a slam dunk, but chemical tests show both priests have been drugged with gamma-hydroxybutyrate (GHB). Another priest is missing and Sable wonders if he’s the killer or he, too, has been murdered. In the missing priest’s room, there are no fingerprints, hair, fibers, DNA, or any trace of the him. However, an invisible message readable only with black lights had been left with the name, Avenger. On the surface, it appears priests are killing priests, but perhapsAlaskahas another serial killer.
As Sergeant Sable starts his investigation, he finds similar murders occurred across the lower 48 states, the killer apparently working his way towardAlaska. A number of priests blamed for similar crimes at their churches are on death row. The troopers begin their investigation by questioning church staff and parishioners, and getting a sketch of the missing priest. Sable’s team checks numerous databases to see if they can pin down a suspect. Realizing the Avenger is somewhere in the state’s system of church schools or churches, Sable’s team decides to go undercover to catch the killer. With the killings still happening, Sable must sift out the clues, find and stop the killer.
Once again Tlingit Alaska State Trooper Sergeant Robert Sable has been pulled from his honeymoon. This time his wife’s godfather, Red Bennett, a prospector, has been murdered. Fishermen found Bennett’s body near abandoned railroad tracks south of Fairbanks. Sable and his long time partner Aaron McCabe head to the location to do their own investigation. Near where the Bennett had lain, they find a note and safety deposit key wedged under a boulder. Sable locates the miner’s back trail and follows it to his mining cabin where they find the miner’s friends slumped over a table, their heads in pools of blood. While investigating the scene, Sable finds hidden under the base of the prospector’s fireplace several hundred thousand dollars in gold nuggets the killers missed.
As Sable digs further rumors fly saying Bennett had found the Alaskan Dutchman, a mine of myth, legend and a curse. Over the last hundred years, men have searched and died trying to find the mine. And if they found it, the curse would kill them and the mine would be lost again. It now appears the killers are closing on the mine’s location and Sable races to find it.
Sable tasks a computer expert on his team, Grant Foster, to track down information on Bennett’s claims. Foster finds someone is snapping up mines in the area. Many miners were threatened and forced into selling. Some have even disappeared after selling. As clues accumulate, they allude Phillip Frost is the perpetrator, a dead mobster, behind the plot. Knowing the premise is impossible, they believe there is someone behind the murders seeking revenge for Frost’s death.
When the killer comes after the trooper and their families, they must find and stop him before he kills them.
More dangerous than Theodore Bundy, Gary Ridgeway or Robert Hansen, a serial killer calling himself Anubis stalks the cities and highways of Alaska. This killer leaves no fingerprints, fibers or DNA. But at each crime scene, Anubis leaves his signature, a silver-backed jackal hair. He hides behind stolen identities and dumps his kills in the wilderness to become carrion for wild animals. Any trace of the body disappears within days. But now, Anubis has made a mistake. He kidnapped and murdered aSeattle police detective. At the behest of theSeattlepolice, Alaska State Trooper Robert Sable and his team are brought in to find the missing detective, Sergeant Janet Darnel.
Sable discovers several young women, vacationing alone, have disappeared from motels across the state. When whitewater rafters running the Matanuska River find the nude body of Darnel, Sable and his team get their first real break in the case. It seems Anubis follows the women from Ted Stevens International Airportto their motels, studies their routines, then kidnaps, hunts and kills them
While on a fishing trip to Whittier, Alaska, Alaska State Trooper Aaron McCabe tricks his Tlingit partner, Sergeant Robert Sable, into viewing boats for sale. All the owners and their families had died by carbon monoxide poisoning, the silent killer, either at home or on their boats. By accident, Sable discovers markings, a smiley face and the number 2000, on a boat’s generator exhaust stack. Though pitted by holes and rust, Sable can tell the pipes have been sabotaged. Holes drilled into the sleeping quarters allowed the poisonous gas to flow freely throughout the boat.
As Sable digs into the meaning behind the symbols, he finds the adult male victims were all bullies from Chugach High School’s graduating class of 2000. It appears the killer is exacting revenge for bullying and abuse endured in high school. The killer has left bodies across Alaska, Washington and Idaho, leaving no forensic trace. Worse yet, so far all the deaths have been ruled accidental and numerous suspects had been verbally and physically abused. As the team interviews suspects and bullies, no one wants to help find the killer. The abused feel the killer is a hero finally evening the score. Meager clues lead Sable and McCabe from the streets to the offices of corporate CEOs.
It’s a race against time when Sable realizes his wife, Sue, and Cindy McCabe are Chugach High graduates and at every turn, the killer remains elusive.
At the Governor of Alaska’s bequest, State Trooper Captain Carl Owen pulls Tlingit Sergeant Trooper Robert Sable from his honeymoon to investigate the murders of the governor’s brother, William Landen and the brother’s friends–a famous TV archeologist, Jonathan Flint, and an archeology professor, Phillip Reed, from the University of Alaska. Fishermen found the bodies in the middle of the Alaskan bush in a riverboat just off the Porcupine River. The men have been killed by arrows and bullets. The arrows are not commercially made or belong to any native group or tribe. At the scene, Sable and his partner, Aaron McCabe, find clutched in the dead men’s hands are gold coins imprinted with the likeness of Augustus Caesar. At first Sable believes the coins are counterfeit. In one of the men’s hand is an ancient scroll written Latin. None of the clues make any sense.
A the partners investigate the murders, they investigate several possibilities from revenge to salting archeological sites. While visiting the deadmen’s houses, Sable and McCabe find a book on the mythology of Romans in Alaska. Before they can interrogate one of the victim’s wives, Catherine Flint, she makes a run for it. When she’s brought in, she reveals their husbands were looking for Roman treasure. As proof, she shows them a gold crown embedded with rubies, emeralds, and diamonds. In the centered of the crown was a double headed cobra symbol of Cleopatra VII Philopator. Still, Sable can’t quite believe it Romans had visited or settled in Alaska though he knew legions made it to India and China.Sable and McCabe investigate threats against the governor, Landen’s competitors to his engineering firm and emerging Italian influence in the case.
The case takes them from the universities deep into the Alaska wilderness in search of the killers and gold.
Alaska State Trooper Robert Sable is a man with a troubled past. He watched his wife and son die at the hands of his enemies and, having weathered that tragedy, has recently lost his fiancé, Lisa Riddell, in a bus crash. Guilt is driving Sable; neither his physical strength nor his psychic gifts were enough to protect the people he loved. Sliding into a lifestyle of alcohol abuse and risk-taking, it is uncertain if Sable himself will survive.
Sable’s partner, Josh Sampson, is the son of a World War II pilot lost in a plane crash in Alaska. Sampson knows the secret of the C-46’s last flight: it carried a fortune in gold. What he doesn’t realize is how ruthless Philip Martin Frost, the son of another crewmember on the doomed aircraft, is prepared to be. Frost, a merciless killer, hides behind a mask of respectability. He eliminates Josh Sampson without a qualm and prepares to kill Robert Sable, on the assumption that Sable knows everything.
However, Sable knows nothing of the lost riches. Driven by Sampson’s death, Sable and new partner Aaron McCabe, tackle the clues that Sampson left behind. Slowly, they piece together the puzzle of the lost plane and its cargo. Confronted by competing FBI agents, crooked cops, hired assassins and hardened crime bosses, they try to track down the gold and stop the cycle of killing. Along the way Sable rediscovers his self worth and has another chance at love.