Title: 30 Seconds Before (Prequel to 30 Seconds)
Genre: Mainstream Thriller
Page Count: 60 (novella)
Blake Herro is a cop in the Cleveland Police Force. Ever since he was a child he wanted to do right by the city he loved by cleaning up the streets and protecting its citizens. Red, a notorious mobster, has other plans.
On a bitter December night, ten police officers are drawn into a trap and killed by Red’s followers. Blake wants to bring down the Mob to avenge his fallen brothers and to prevent other cops from being murdered. Except the only way he can do that is by infiltrating the Mob.
Every minute he’s with these mobsters he’s in danger. Around every corner lies the threat of coming face to face with a gun. Will he make it out of the Mob alive or will he be their next victim?
Blake’s gaze continued to scan the area. Too many officers needed help. Blake
strained his eyes to see if the nearest officer was still breathing, but the darkness and
flashing lights obscured his vision.
Dread was ripe in his veins, twining his intestines into knots. The assailants who attacked the officers could be lurking nearby, watching and putting him in their sights. Being out in the open with nothing but his Kevlar vest as protection was not where he
wanted to be, but the officer he was helping would bleed out if he moved.
Blake studied the officer. His lips were an unnatural shade of blue. He was shivering from the frigid December night as well as blood loss.
“Did you see them?” Blake asked. “Do you know who did this?”
The officer’s lips moved.
Blake leaned forward, bringing his ear to the officer’s mouth. “What was that?”
The officer took a shuddering breath. “Red.”
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AMERICAN MOB HISTORY:
1. 1893 – Don Vito Cascio Ferro fled to New York from Sicily after being charged with murder. This is the time when the American branch of the mafia is said to have started.
2. 1900s – Every major city across the United States had its own mafia organization running criminal activity.
3. 1925ish – Al Capone's organization brought in $105 million a year. He used that money to make his attire flashier and started to wear suits that costs $5,000 and custom-made fedoras.
4. 1931 – The most powerful mafia leader of the time, known as the “Boss of Bosses” was Salvatore Marazano. He set up 5 separate crime groups in New York.
5. 1959 – Vito Genovese continues to run his crime family from his cell while completing a 15-year sentence in prison.
6. 1971 – Joe Colombo, a Mob boss, was shot at an Italian-American civil rights rally what he organized in NYC. He was paralyzed by the wounds he sustained.
7. 1976 – When gambling became legal in Atlantic City, Philadelphia mobsters took advantage and made millions of loan-sharking.
8. 1985 – New York US Attorney, Rudolph Giuliani, indicts the bosses of all 5 New York crime families (Genovese Family, Gambino Family, Lucchese Family, Colombo Family, and Bonanno Family).
9. 2005 – Joseph Massino, the boss of the Bonanno family, was sentenced to two life terms after pleading guilty to ordering a hit.
10. 2013 – A federal judge commuted Joseph Massino’s two life sentences and released him from prison after Joseph testified against a former associate.
Chrys Fey is the author of the Disaster Crimes Series (Hurricane Crimes and Seismic Crimes), as well as these releases from The Wild Rose Press: 30 Seconds, Ghost of Death, and Witch of Death. She is an administrator for the Insecure Writer's Support Group and heads their monthly newsletter.