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“Many of the best episodes in Hitchcock’s classic TV series were later, one-hour dramas that gave Hitch’s stable of writers the opportunity to keep ratcheting up the suspense. “Bad Call” is a throwback to that type of suspense drama; it’s a story that would have made a great Hitchcock episode, right down to the double punch ending. Hitch would have loved “Bad Call” and so will suspense fans.”

“Many of the best episodes in Hitchcock’s classic TV series were later, one-hour dramas that gave Hitch’s stable of writers the opportunity to keep ratcheting up the suspense. “Bad Call” is a throwback to that type of suspense drama; it’s a story that would have made a great Hitchcock episode, right down to the double punch ending. Hitch would have loved “Bad Call” and so will suspense fans.”

A PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER

Ralph da Silva has screwed up.
Big time.
He can’t afford to make another bad call.

RALPH da Silva’s luck is going from bad to worse. Mixing Tequila with treacherous mountain roads and an unhealthy shot of poor judgment makes for a lethal cocktail, as Ralph finds out to his cost when he narrowly avoids a head-on collision in the remote mountains of Central America—and that’s when his problems really start.

Not knowing whether the other driver has been so lucky—and more concerned with saving his own skin at any cost—Ralph panics and flees the scene, but is horrified when he learns that the brutal Chief of the Secret Police, Luis Garcia Ramirez, has taken a personal interest in the case. What isn’t clear is why—is Ramirez determined to bring Ralph to justice or has he got a more sinister, ulterior motive?

As the suspense increases and the net tightens around him, Ralph is tormented by the rumors of past atrocities that surround Ramirez. Then, in a bizarre turn of events as he desperately tries to escape justice and the country, Ralph is forced to confront Ramirez and decide whether he’s being offered a way out or whether he’s about to deliver himself into the cold-blooded hands of his nemesis. One thing is certain—he can’t afford to make another bad call.

“I can safely say “Bad Call” provides more suspense and perverse enjoyment in 70 pages than most novels five times that long.”

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