Operation Cover-Up: Curse of the Black Mamba Book 1 by P. D. Baldwin
Published September 18, 2019 by Dark Half Publishing
Espionage/Mystery and Suspense
Senator Robert “Bob” McKenna is the perfect candidate. This fiery man of the people with his charm, good looks, and beautiful family is all but guaranteed to be the next President of the United States. That is until a string of brutal murders a mysterious stranger from the senator’s past appear and open a Pandora’s Box of lies and secrets that threaten to derail his campaign. Desperate to salvage his presidential bid, Senator McKenna enlists the help of ‘The Agency’ and from there, all hell breaks loose.
While working to find the culprit behind these brutal murders, Alexis Stratton and his team of operatives discover that Senator McKenna's closet is teeming with skeletons. Among them is a pair of murders so heinous they haven’t been spoken of in over three decades! ‘The Agency’ also discovers that murder isn’t the only motive, especially when they tie a recent breach in their security to a jilted former operative. With law enforcement closing in on their mark, Alex and company race against time to contain additional collateral while protecting the senator from this brutal assassin.
Late Saturday evening after dinner and a movie with Susan and their kids, Robert crept out of the governor’s mansion one last time to be with his other family. As he drove along the winding two-lane road, he contemplated ways to break the news to them. The closer he got to their house, the smaller he felt. Leaving Emma behind was the last thing that ever crossed his mind, despite the fact that he’d already done it. He’d gotten married, had children, and was enjoying a celebrity lifestyle while hiding her and their child in the shadows leaving them to survive on hollow promises and broken dreams. Now in order to protect them, he had to abandon them. With each passing mile, another piece of his heart broke off and disappeared.
“Where’s the fire assholes?” he barked when two dark colored sedans raced past him in the opposite direction.
Moments later, he found out. Orange flames and thick plumes of smoke filled the night sky above Emma’s farmhouse. The searing heat caused the vinyl top on his car to bubble up the moment he stepped out. The awesomeness of the blaze had the governor completely frozen. Tyler and Sam had been true to their words. They ‘handled’ his issue just like they promised. Accepting the fact that there was nothing that he could do except cry, Robert McKenna climbed back in his car and sped away with sirens wailing in the distance behind him.
The next morning while his family was away at church, Robert watched the news anxiously while downing shots of Scotch. The news anchor reported that the fire had been started by a gas leak that consumed the entire house and the adjacent barn almost instantly. Robert McKenna knew better.
“It’s highly unlikely that anyone could have survived a blaze of this magnitude,” were the last words that registered in his ears before the camera panned to the smoldering, watered-down heap where the massive six bedrooms, three bathroom farmhouse once stood.
With tears in his eyes, the heart-broken governor turned off the television and refilled his glass. Thoughts of Emma and Mona ripped him all the way to his soul. He spent the remainder of the day and the next two weeks in a depressed and drunken stupor.
Several months later just as Sam and Tyler had promised, Robert was seated as the Nebraska’s newest senator and over the next several years while under their thumbs ‘the people’s champion’ became one of the most powerful lawmakers on Capitol Hill. His prowess in the courtroom had successfully transferred to the Senate Floor. He was adored and admired by colleagues and constituents alike and though his triumphs were highly publicized, it was the work he did behind the scenes that proved most important. Senator McKenna was making himself and many others in his circle very wealthy. Now some thirty years later with Sam dead and Tyler at his side, Senator Robert McKenna was being groomed for his next assignment; President of the United States of America.
About the Author:
P. D. Baldwin is a creator, thinker, and an award winning author who gains creative inspiration from everything he touches from comic books, graphic novels, and video games to TV, movies, and real life experiences. Having discovered his passion for writing at an early age, Baldwin strives to invent new and exciting stories for a variety of genres. His current collection of erotic short stories, poems, and novels reflects a desire to forge a new literary path that will provide enjoyment for all types of readers. Written in a style meant to elicit the maximum amount of excitement and stimulation from his audience, Baldwin’s books embrace every type of fantasy imaginable from erotica to espionage. With strong characters and a wide variety of plots, each story will place you right in the middle