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by Terry Korth Fischer
About Gone Astray
Publisher: Wild Rose Press (February 15, 2021)
Paperback: 300 pages
Digital ASIN: B08SQCWXBG
A heart attack sends detective Rory Naysmith reeling. Too young to retire, he accepts a position in small-town Winterset, Nebraska. Handed an unsolved truck hijacking case, with the assistance of a rookie, Rory sets out to prove he is still able to go toe-to-toe with younger men. When the body of a Vietnam veteran turns up, he dons his fedora and spit-shines his shoes. But before he can solve the murder, an older woman disappears, followed closely by a second hijacking. He doggedly works the cases, following a thread that ties the two crimes together. But can Rory find the mental and physical strength to up his game and bring the criminals to justice before disaster strikes and he loses his job?
About Terry Korth Fischer
Terry Korth Fischer writes mystery and memoir. Her memoir, Omaha to Ogallala, was released in 2019, S&H Publishing, Inc. Her short stories have appeared in The Write Place at the Write Time, Spies & Heroes, Voices from the Plains, and numerous anthologies. Transplanted from the Midwest, Terry lives in Houston with her husband and their two guard cats. She enjoys a good mystery, the heat and humidity, and long summer days.
Amazon Author Page: www.amazon.com/author/terrykorthfischer
BLOG Website: https://www.terryiswriting.com
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CHARACTER INTERVIEW – Detective Rory Naysmith
Do you have a special talent or gift?
Fortitude. I sound boastful, but police work is like that. Placing one foot in front of the other, determination, never giving up, refusing to accept defeat. I can’t say I never have doubts, but grit is a prerequisite for relentless pursuit. And grit is developed from doing the tough stuff without hesitation. I can do that. And I do it well if I say so myself.
Tell us about your family.
I’m divorced. My mother is still around, and I have two adult sons, but they live out of state. Sure, they are always in my thoughts, but I don’t dwell on them. Geez, being too close to anyone leaves you vulnerable. Vulnerability does not correlate to being successful in law enforcement. So, family? I’d have to say I’ve been doing without for a while. On a good day, I’m okay with that. On the others, I miss the connection and would welcome a fierce hug.
Who is the most important person in your life?
You ask tough questions. When I arrived in Winterset, life was all about me. That’s embarrassing to admit, but I’d been through a medical emergency that put me in a bad place, and all I thought about was getting back to where I was before the incident. Now, of course, I have a different perspective. The town and its citizens are important. Meeting Esther Mullins was an eye-opener. She’s at the top of my essential person list, as is the rookie, Thacker. I can’t see my life or career moving forward without them.
What do you do for fun?
I’ve always been a reader and an athlete. So, a good mystery and a strenuous workout help me relax. During the writing of Gone Astray, I discovered ax-throwing—a manly sport. I was feeling down in my game, and picking up a tomahawk gave me a mental boost. I read an article in the Guardian that said, “A lot of people are intimidated by the idea of throwing an ax until they try it. It’s one of those primal things that actually feels pretty natural, and when you hit that first bullseye, there’s no better feeling.” Yup, I’d say that sums it up.
If someone was to play you in a movie who would it be?
Terry would say Stanley Tucci. I’m not convinced. I want to say George Clooney or Brad Pitt, but I don’t think it should be anyone that handsome. If you’re average-looking, you’re more relatable. You can be the underdog. Plus, I have this bald, middle-aged thing going on. Tom Hanks looks like a guy who will be fine for the rest of his life once everyone gets on the same team. I’d cast him; he’d make a great Detective Rory Naysmith. Besides, Tom Selleck is too old and too tall.
I totally enjoyed GONE ASTRAY by Terry Korth Fischer. It’s about a big city cop who’s been sidelined by a heart attack. Now the only place he can find a detective position is in the small town of Winterset, Nebraska, and a lot of folks think he’s too old for the job.
Right off, I was rooting for him. It had to be tough getting used to a new town, new streets, new contacts, and neighborhoods full of cautious people. He’s given a young rookie to drive him around, and before long finds himself muddled in three cases; the murder of a Vietnam veteran, the disappearance of an eccentric but much-beloved senior citizen, and a series of mysterious big-rig hijackings. His instincts tell him they are connected, but how? Eventually he sees the tie-in, but does he have what it takes to get the job done? I don’t want to give any spoilers, but let me tell you, the final scene is a heart-pounding nail-biter for sure. Wow!
Fischer knows how to write a good police procedural and how to lace it with suspense. She created characters I cared about (and a few I hated). She slowly revealed a tender side of the detective that I hope will develop into a romantic relationship in future stories. And I definitely want to know more about the rookie cop and the strong silent handyman. I can’t wait to read the next Detective Naysmith mystery.
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