Lester McFarlin earned his detective status after helping solve and break up an interstate crime organization that sold automatic weapons, manufactured illegal drugs, and imported beautiful call girls between New Orleans, LA and Hot Springs, AR. Even before this huge bust, Lester was referred to as the "Redneck Sherlock Holmes" of the South. As a child, he had been afflicted with a scar on his brain that blocked his ability to read and write. Yet, despite his disability, he was in demand all over the state of Arkansas and beyond to solve crimes. A risky operation would require him to relearn almost everything he knew. He took the risk and the result was a transformation of his brain, which allowed him to memorize everything he read. His lifelong goal was to go to law school, so he enrolled in Hastings Law School in San Francisco and has only one semester left until graduation. He married his girlfriend Debi Green a couple weeks back and now is going on a honeymoon cruise, where he quickly discovers he'll have to defend the ship and use his unique skills to help fend off a terrorist plot against the Panama Canal. The best Lester has to offer and the finest military specialists available may fall short competing against an enemy quite willing to blow themselves and their families to Kingdom Come to install their demented regimes. Lester McFarlin, the main character in the book, Beer, Bait, and Ammo, returns to help subdue a huge terrorist cell determined to destroy the Panama Canal and all the ships in the docks.
Chap Harper is the author of five published books. His most recent, Shortcut, is a thriller which begins with investigations by Interpol agents into strange satellite phone chatter in Lyon, France. At the same time, a former law enforcement officer, Lester McFarlin, questions strange occurrences on a cruise ship where he is enjoying his honeymoon. As the inquiries continue, a far-reaching and complex plot is uncovered concerning Islamic terrorists who plan to blow up the Panama Canal and all the ships in the locks. Harper's first book Once Upon a Reef was published by Green King Publishing in 2012. He followed up that novel with Once Upon the Congo in 2015, Beer, Bait, and Ammo in 2016, Under Cuba in 2017, and Shortcut in 2018, all through Smoking Gun Publishing. Chap attended the University of Arkansas and retired as an officer with the CNA Insurance Companies. He and his wife Susan live on Lake Hamilton in Hot Springs, Arkansas.