Book tour & giveaway – The Lizard’s Tale by Kurt Kamm

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The Lizard’s Tale

by Kurt Kamm

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GENRE:  Mystery/Crime Thriller

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BLURB:

Kurt Kamm has written a novel that’s a literary crime novel, with a strong thread of non-fiction running through it. The Lizard’s Tale is a tale of crime—with an a wide-ranging cast of characters.

When the DEA goes up against the Sinaloa Cartel, an orphan and an endangered lizard are caught in the conflict. The action moves from Guatemala to Mexico to Catalina Island off the coast of California.

Alejandro, a middle class Guatemalan, wants his share, and makes a deal with the cartel. Now he’s risking his life to deliver the goods.

El Dedo, a brilliant financier, is the Sinaloa Cartel’s banker. He worries about what to do with the billions of dollars collecting dust in his underground vault.

Ryan, a DEA Special Agent, needs to make a high profile case to get a promotion. Is the big yacht headed for California carrying a Mexican drug shipment?

Kate, a wildlife officer on Catalina Island, smells smoke. When she heads out in the middle of the night to investigate a fire, she makes an astonishing discovery.

Jorge, an orphan from the streets of Mexico, is abandoned in the United States. Will he find his way back home and track down his mother’s killer?

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EXCERPT:

Gina wasn’t looking for a husband—she was far too independent to let a man run her life—but she needed male companionship. After coming to Catalina, she spent a lot of time alone until she met Brad, a captain with the Los Angeles County Fire Department. He worked at Station 55, and was big, strong, and good-looking. All her Latin lovers had been dark and she was attracted to his blond hair. She loved running her fingers over the blond carpet that covered his chest. At thirty-six, he was five years younger than she was, and married. Brad was perfect.

Their affair lasted almost two years. She didn’t see him every day—in fact, she didn’t want to see him every day. His wife and daughter lived in Seal Beach, and once a week he took the ferry to the mainland and spent three days at home. But he didn’t always head home right away, and they often stole a few hours together on one of the remote beaches on the rugged, wind-swept west end of the island. During the off-season, they sometimes managed to spend a night at a local bed and breakfast in Avalon, and occasionally she cooked dinner for him at the ranch house. When nothing else worked, they drove up into the hills and screwed in the back of his SUV. For Gina it was a perfect relationship—she got what she needed without making a major emotional commitment.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

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Malibu, California resident Kurt Kamm has written a series of firefighter mystery novels, which have won several literary awards. His newest novel, The Lizard’s Tale, provides a unique look inside the activities of the Mexican drug cartels and the men dedicated to stopping them.

Kurt has used his contact with CalFire, Los Angeles County and Ventura County Fire Departments, as well as the ATF and DEA to write fact-based (“faction”) novels. He has attended classes at El Camino Fire Academy and trained in wildland firefighting, arson investigation and hazardous materials response. He has also attended the ATF and DEA Citizen’s Academies. After graduating from the DEA Citizen’s Academy in 2014, he began work on The Lizard’s Tale.

Kurt has built an avid fan base among first responders and other readers. A graduate of Brown University and Columbia Law School, Kurt was previously a financial executive and semi-professional bicycle racer. He was also Chairman of the UCLA/Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center Foundation for several years.

 

Visit his author website at www.kurtkamm.com

     

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GIVEAWAY

One randomly chosen winner via rafflecopter will win a $50 Amazon/BN.com gift card.

Enter to win a $50 Amazon/BN GC – a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

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9 thoughts on “Book tour & giveaway – The Lizard’s Tale by Kurt Kamm

  1. Good morning from Malibu. I hope you will find The Lizard’s Tale interesting. Here is another excerpt. The Sinaloa’s top financial man, nicknamed Dedo del Oro (Gold Finger) has just been down in the huge vault under his house were he had literally billions of $100 bills–

    Dedo was always exploring new money-laundering alternatives, which kept him on the move around the world. He had an upcoming meeting in Berlin with a Russian group that claimed it could sanitize large amounts of drug money through the Eastern European banking system. Dedo was dubious and didn’t trust the Rusas, but decided to meet them anyway—he might learn something. He was also investigating opportunities to use cash to purchase industrial and gem-quality diamonds, as well as fine art, and this offered promise. Finally, he was considering an entry into the fish business in South America. He had discovered that commercial fishing fleets throughout the region were paid in cash, and he planned to purchase the catch with drug money and then sell the fish on the open market
    Dedo stared again at the wall of money in the vault. The sight of all the cash, and the realization that more would soon be arriving, was depressing and not something he wanted to think about in the early hours of this morning. He would go for a swim. He closed the vault and outer doors, walked around the house and stretched out on one of the pool lounges to wait for the first golden rays of the morning sun. The moment just before sunrise was the perfect time to admire the view. A city of hills, Culiacán was located between the rugged Sierra Madres and the lush green agricultural flatland that ran west to the Pacific Ocean. At this hour, before its 700,000 inhabitants awoke, it was peaceful and quiet, and the air was clear.
    In the harsh light of day however, Culiacán wasn’t just any city—it was the capital of Sinaloa and the center of the Mexican drug trade. Sure, it had the typical neighborhoods with vacant lots full of weeds, half-finished homes with piles of construction debris, and streets strewn with broken-down cars and bags of garbage, but unlike other Mexican cities, Culiacán thrived on a narco-culture of money and its citizens flaunted their wealth. The affluence, the opulence, was plain to see in the elegant neighborhoods, the boulevards jammed with exotic cars, and the streets lined with expensive shops and restaurants.

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