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Sunday, 3 May 2015

Blog Tour Excerpt & Giveaway - Breached by John Hohn

We are bringing John back!!!! This is the sequel to Deadly Portfolio, which we took on a tour just about a month ago. But for those of you who don't remember, here is the Author John Hohn!!!

About the Author
I am a Midwesterner by birth. Yankton, South Dakota, is my hometown. I graduated from high school there in 1957. After four years earning degree in English at St. John’s University (MN), I became a teacher. My first wife, Elaine Finfrock, also of Yankton, and I had five children; four sons and a daughter. We divorced in 1977.

In 1964, I joined The Travelers in Minneapolis, MN and began what turned out to be a 40 year career in the financial services industry. During the that time, in addition to The Travelers, I held positions with Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Minnesota, Wilson Learning Corporation, and Wachovia Bank and Trust. While at Wachovia, I served in many different positions, ending my tenure as a representative of the trust department services in the greater New York City area. I retired at the end of 2007 after 15 years as a Financial Advisor with Merrill Lynch serving over 300 clients in the Winston-Salem, NC area. 

In 1986, Melinda Folger McLeod and I were married and I gained a stepson, Matthew. Currently, we divide our time each year between our cabin New West Jefferson, NC and our cottage in Southport, NC near the Cape Fear River. I enjoy golf, music, and reading history. Since my retiring I have focused on my writing, an avocation throughout my life. In 2010, I completed my first novel, Deadly Portfolio: A Killing Hedge Funds and the sequel, Breached was published August 2014.

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Author: John Hohn

Book Description:
Following his critically acclaimed debut novel, Deadly Portfolio: A Killing in Hedge Funds, author John J. Hohn offers Breached, a suspenseful,
fast-paced sequel.

The story is set in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina where Detective James Raker meets up with an old high school classmate.
Their reunion, however, is interrupted by murder. Gunned down is state dam inspector Norm Dennison who dies before he can prove to the homeowners around Lake Hannah that Vernon Brost, a developer, has launched an elaborate scheme to defraud them. The threat to Brost’s plans does not go away with Dennison’s death, however, as Dennison’s widow turns over the dead man’s files to Art Nichols, a Lake Hannah resident and a friend of the retired detective, James Raker. Thugs ransack Nichols’ home to recover the documents. Not finding them, they decide to break into Raker’s home where they are surprised by Raker’s girl friend, Diane Welborn. Welborn is knocked unconscious and the house is set ablaze. Together Nichols, a Viet Nam veteran, and Raker begin tracking down the intruders. Welborn is hospitalized in serious condition. While in a coma, she recalls her painful childhood, her unsuccessful fi rst marriage and her struggles to find fulfillment after her divorce. Raker’s concern for her injuries drives him in his pursuit of her attackers.

Breached is a fast-paced realistic literary mystery with a sharp focus on character development.

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Author Interview

Can you tell us how you came up with the idea for this book and title?
Detective James Raker was such a favorite with readers of Deadly Portfolio that a sequel seemed to be a logical choice for a second book. The idea behind it comes from my experience as a secretary-treasurer for a large property owners’ association. After I served my term, I began thinking about things that could really go wrong for property owners who seemed to go into ever year blindly trusting the officers of their association. That trust made them vulnerable to any scheme anyone wanted to devise to defraud them of their property rights; thus, a breach of trust. There are other breaches in the stories in the book. Diane Welborn struggles to overcome a legacy of abuse which was a breach of care on the part of her parents. Art Nichols suffers from post traumatic shock disorder resulting from his harrowing combat experience in Viet Nam. Because of his flashbacks, he cannot trust his reactions to events. He suffers from an internal breach of trust.

What inspired you to write this book
The success of my first book, Deadly Portfolio: A Killing in Hedge Funds, inspired me to write a sequel. The reviews were terrific. Readers wanted to know more about Detective James Raker, so I felt almost obligated to continue with his life story.

What do you like to do when not writing?
Think. Wonder about life and the world. Converse with friends. Play golf badly. Listen to music, mostly classical and jazz. Write letters to my grandchildren. Watch college sports on TV. Work around the house and the yard.

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