Military and legal thrillers are among some of the best, don’t you agree? Norm Harris has four books in his Spider Green series. Check out the series and download your own copies. Get to know the author in an interview. And then check out the tour for even more and to enter the great giveaway!
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Fruit of a Poisonous Tree, Book 1
Faydra “Spider” Green is a dedicated Navy JAG lawyer who has lived her life in the shadows of a great and powerful man: her father, former President of the United States William Green. Green cannot heal the wound in his relationship with his daughter. His former power and influence curse Faydra and cause her to wonder if her accomplishments were her own doing.
A lawyer by trade, Faydra is both anxious and excited as she undertakes her first homicide investigation: —the brutal murder of a Navy SEAL. She reasons that a successful investigation will provide her the opportunity to validate her sense of self-worth. Thanks to her remarkable deductive abilities, Faydra soon realizes that the accused man, a Special Ops Marine war hero, may be innocent and that the Navy is using her as a pawn in a complex cover-up.
Meanwhile, a seasoned Navy Sea Captain, Egan Fletcher, whose wife had died eight years earlier, struggles to balance his Navy career with raising a son. When the Navy purposefully pairs him with Faydra in a meeting, the two Navy officers embark on an adrenaline-pumping adventure. It is a top-secret mission- impossible that will take them halfway around the world in an attempt to avert a catastrophic act of terrorism in the form of, a biological war.
Set against the dramatic backdrop of Washington State’s Puget Sound and the mystique of East Asia, Faydra’s story revolves around a woman who appears to be as pure as the driven snow—yet, she is driven by an insatiable need to complete any assignment, no matter how dangerous. Along the way, she transforms into a symbol of hope, perseverance, and a woman’s ability to overcome life-threatening events.
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Arid Sea, Book 2
Faydra “Spider” Green is a spirited Navy lawyer who wants nothing more than to do the right thing and see justice done. After reconciling with her father, former President William Green, Fay is asked to investigate the mysterious disappearance of Alvin Joe, a retired admiral. He has vanished – seemingly into thin air – from his Florida home, along with secret files for a top-secret military weapon. Alongside her bubbly, quick-witted sister and a handsome, affable Sheriff, Fay sets out to track down Joe. But she soon finds herself embroiled in a deeper and far more sinister plot involving an unscrupulous corporation, the mafia, and a truly evil man who has his sights set on destroying her.
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Deception Pass, Book 3
Faydra “Spider” Green has had a storied career as a Navy lawyer, all while juggling being the daughter of a former U.S. President. She has successfully navigated complex diplomatic situations, pulse-pounding legal investigations, and dangerous military missions, managing each time to save the day. But now, Fay finds herself faced with a task unlike anything she has ever tackled before: fierce mafioso Roman Justine, the man who had nearly cost Fay her life, has seemingly returned from the dead. Now, Justine, hellbent on revenge, poses a threat to Fay and national security. Fay will have to go to extraordinary lengths to stop him, even tampering with the bounds of time and space.
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The Girl Who Knew Death, Book 4
Katrinka Lavrova is a young Russian espionage agent discovered by Russian Navy Captain Lavrov at the age of nineteen. Katrinka worked as both a spy and a sparrow since age thirteen to support her aged parents. Lavrov rescues the woman and becomes her guardian. Captain Lavrov introduces Katrinka to Fay. Fay asks Katrinka to help her steal the top-secret plans from Roman Justine’s office safe. Fay grows fond of Kat and offers her a fresh start in the United States. Katrinka dares to hope for a better life by accepting Fay’s offer.
Navy lawyer and former First Daughter Faydra (Fay) Green is no longer quite so haunted by the dark events of her recent past and is hoping for some well-deserved rest. But her world is once again turned upside down when a shocking secret about her adopted daughter, Katrinka (Kat), is revealed. But before Fay can help Kat make any decisions about her future, Kat is captured and thrown into an Egyptian prison. She manages to escape but must flee to safety across Europe, trying to stay one step ahead of several mysterious pursuers. Soon, Fay and Kat discover they are being chased by more than ordinary forces – Azrael, the Angel of Death, has taken a puzzling interest in their situation and a dangerous demon appears to be stalking Kat’s every move. It will take all of Fay’s strength and ingenuity to meet these and other challenges looming ahead of her, while Kat must ask herself what she truly wants out of life.
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Read an excerpt from the series:
Occasionally, the glow cast by the divers’ torches below her would momentarily disappear. She supposed—prayed—it was perhaps Romeo or Juliet passing between her line of sight and the torches, temporarily interrupting the beams of light, rather than a predator. Fay grew fascinated by the many air bubbles emitted by the divers, reflected in the light of their torches’ eerie glow. Like a surreal field of vapor flowers, they appeared and disappeared as they slowly wobbled toward the surface. Fay reached for a bubble but instead found it to be a jellyfish, not a bubble as she had first thought. Fay stopped sinking. Although she could not see it, she assumed they had reached the wreck. She brought her wrist to within inches of her face to check the luminous reading on her depth gauge. Eighty-seven feet. She strained her eyes in a vain attempt to see through the black water. Fay may as well have been swimming in a cup of Seattle’s Best Coffee. All she could see was the light from the torch she held in her hand. She experienced complete disorientation. No up, no down. Someone, Andrew Lawrence perhaps, grasped her wrist. He was dragging her somewhere. She saw a deck rail, then a deck, and finally passed through a hatchway. They were now inside the Carr. There was only one light ahead of her—Andrew’s.
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What was the inspiration behind this book?
The Looking Glass song Brandy gave me the idea. I added a deeper story about some real people and made-up people and placed them into the setting of where I live.
What kind of research did you have to do for it?
I did a lot of legal research. It helps that I served in our military. So I did not have to research so much in that arena.
Which character was your favorite to write?
All of them are unique in their own will. I have a client who is a grandmother. I ask her who her favorite grandchild is. She thinks for a moment, but her answer is, “I like them all.
What was one of your favorite scenes?
Each book has many “favorite” scenes. In Fruit of the Poisonous Tree, it may be the scenes where Faydra is swimming with the dolphins Romeo and Juliet. Arid Sea-where Faydra is brokering a deal with mafia crime boss Joey “The Guppy” Stumpanado. In The Girl Who Knew Death, the Russian princess/spy Katrinka hangs out at her safe house with her pal Azrael, God’s archangel of Death.
Will we see these characters again?
They all travel from book to book, except for the antagonist Roman Justine. He finally became just too much for Faydra. She had to kill him.
Why should we read your book?
The draw to a series is more to come if you enjoyed the first book in the series. Reviews have been consistent. “From the beginning, I connected with Faydra. She’s a flawed character who kicks butt on all levels, but her insecurities make me love her even more.” Several reviewers had declared they “love” Faydra. Heck, if she were real, I would try for her. But sadly, she is out of my league.
What do you hope people will get out of your book?
When we attend a motion picture, a play, a concert, or read a book, we hope to be entertained. I hope a reader is engaged and, at the same time, they can take a break from their everyday life
Tell us about your other published works.
Book two in the Spider Green Mystery Thriller Series is Arid Sea. Three is Deception Pass, and the book is The Girl Who Knew Death. While the books are progressive, they can be read out of order, except for characters who move from book to book. If one wants their backstory, then read in order.
On what are you currently working?
Rain and Wind and Fire. It’s a working title for book five in the series. All of my stories have, in part, a theme derived from a popular song. The song They Call the Wind Mariah inspired book five. Hence the title.
What is the best writing advice you have ever received?
Don’t give up. Don’t ever give up. And ignore reviews.
When not writing, what can we find you doing?
I work as an investment banker for a large financial institution. So, I have a full-time job. My son K-K because kids are the most important.
What is something on your bucket list you have accomplished? What do you want to accomplish?
I want to see how my son’s life turns out. What job will he have? Meet his wife and come to know his children. He better get going with that. I am not getting any younger!
Norm Harris’ first novel debuted on an Amazon bestseller list in 2002. It was a one-and-done, but now he’s back with a plan to publish a couple of sequels to that first mystery/thriller of days gone by. Except for time spent in military service, he is a second-generation Seattleite (that’s what they call those who dwell in the shadow of Mt. Rainier), with his legal beagle son, K-K, and five giant tropical fish. His upcoming release, Arid Sea, is the third book in what he hopes to be an award-winning Spider Green Mystery Story series.
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