*** Author Spotlight *** Meet the Man Behind the Detective Mike Eisner Mysteries -- @ClabePolk #auth
I grew up in central Florida squarely in the middle of the Florida citrus and cattle industries, hunting, fishing and sailing…with the Florida Phosphate Mining Industry at its peak. As I grew up I watched economic growth displace nature; one type of lifestyle evolving and giving way to another. I remember when Interstate 4 and Interstate 75 first came to Tampa, and when Walt Disney opened The Magic Kingdom in Lake Buena Vista in 1971. I was a twenty year-old Biology/Natural Science major at the University of South Florida wrestling with understanding the ecological impacts of growth and fielding a new found interest in environmental toxicology. By 1980, the year the U.S. Coast Guard Buoy Tender Blackthorn struck the Skyway Bridge and capsized…and the freighter, Summit Venture, collapsed the center bridge-span into the ship channel, I was well into a career of professional environmental protection. The following years proved ideal for observing the impact of growth on the natural, and human, environments.
In the late 1970’s and through ‘80s and ‘90s, my career took me through the eras of the infamous Love Canal and the subsequent passage of controls on hazardous chemical waste disposal, the implementation of federal “Superfund”, Chemical Emergency Response management and planning, and eventually becoming a subject matter expert in environmental criminal law enforcement where I remained until I retired. I spent most of my working career in civil and criminal investigations and training others.
Retiring allowed me to support my two daughters as they traveled pursuing excellence as USTA Junior Tennis competitors. Eventually, they played college tennis on scholarship, and are now in graduate school. I began writing fiction after retiring and my girls were settled into college.
Social growth, particularly economic growth, is not an end; it is a continuing process that exacts a price. The price is paid by those unable to participate in the growth for whatever reason. My books are about people who are victimized in some way; by growing criminal activities, by technology, by changing attitudes toward personal responsibility for one’s actions, by government or corporate actions, by age, by disease or by other factors. The Detective Mike Eiser Series poses the question “What happens when urban crimes common to a large metropolitan area spill into adjacent small towns and change their social environments?” Who are the victims? Who protects them? To what degree can they protect themselves?
The Adventures of Harry Morgan Series explores the changing environment of advancing age and a few of the many challenges to active seniors. The Road to Armageddon explores the potential for catastrophic changes in the Earth’s physical and social environments as envisioned in the “Book of Revelations”. Finally, a new pending science fiction story line will explore what could happen when industrial arrogance and greed runs amuck without external controls.
There are no super-heroes here; no one with extraordinary resources or backgrounds. There are only real people fighting real battles with real limitations and determination in realistic circumstances. Their faith is tried and sometime fails; their courage sometime falters into tears. Sometimes facing enemies together makes new friendships. These are realistic people with realistic problems making realistic choices.
Deep stuff, huh? Not really. These books are action-packed and written in an engaging style with believable dialogue and believable scenarios. They are action books at their best with a focus on entertainment first. You can always ponder the deep stuff later (or not!) after the action entertainment wears off. Better than a sleeping pill!
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Schism: A Detective Mike Eiser Novel
By Clabe Polk
Police action thriller
Kat Thomas thought she left gang violence behind in Atlanta when she fled to Poplar Bluffs. Now, many years later, the man who killed her son Quinton’s father has returned…and he wants Quinton for his gang The Raven Claws.
And he’s willing to go to any lengths to get him.
A criminal’s criminal, Milton “Mad Dog” Lincoln is a man even the cops fear. All except Detective Mike Eiser who’s seen Mad Dog’s kind before. It’s up to Eiser to protect Quinton.
But Mad Dog has an agenda. He undertakes a campaign of intimidation aimed at Quinton in which his friends and family are targets; and an agenda double-crossing his crooked gun-running Federal management team. Eiser, faced with stopping Mad Dog’s agenda, must accept vigilante help in the face of a pending four way gunfight with Mag Dog and his associates…and Kat, whose faith in men has been permanently destroyed, is determined that Mad Dog Lincoln will not win. Can Eiser and Kat Thomas together defeat Mad Dog Lincoln and the Raven Claws? Or will Mad Dog destroy Kat, Quinton and everyone around them?
Nothing prepares you for Mad Dog’s final play …or its consequences…and Kat’s left with something to help restore her faith.
The silent men spilled out of the van, opening fire with automatic assault weapons. One focused on the Suburbans in the doorway and two fired at each group of advancing SWAT officers. All three died in seconds.
Rolling out of the van onto the floor, MD’s three men came up firing and, like the three silent men, died in seconds. MD rolled behind the front tire, partially under the van. As he moved to draw his gun, suddenly there was silence. A SWAT officer stamped a booted foot down on his hand from behind, stuck an assault rifle in his ear, and disarmed him. Before he fully understood what was happening, his hands were cuffed while SWAT officers pried the crates open in the back of the van. MD looked around. He was the only one left alive.
A SWAT officer handed an AK-47 from the back of the van to a tall, thin man wearing a navy blue windbreaker with a yellow “ATF” patch on the back. He walked over to where MD lay bound and held up the AK-47 for him to see. “Guess today’s not going to be your most profitable day is it, Lincoln?
MD stared at him. “Yo’ knows me?”
He bent down close to MD’s ear and said quietly, “Sure. We’re old friends. You just don’t know it, yet.”
CLABE POLK is into a second career as a writer of fiction. So far, he has written four novels, three novellas, several short stories, and has a couple of other novels in process.
A lifelong reader with a great variety of life experiences, Mr. Polk brings an avid interest in natural sciences and more than thirty-seven years of professional environmental protection program management and law enforcement experience to his writing.
He lives in Powder Springs, Georgia with his wife, two daughters, and the family’s Cockapoo named Annie.
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Angelica: A Detective Mike Eiser Novel
By Clabe Polk
Police action thriller/murder mystery
Angelica Cassidy knows all about survival. Since running away at seventeen, she’s danced on poles, been sawn in half on the magician’s stage, and done some things that are better left unsaid. But her most brazen act by far was marrying Big Joey Vicetti, the head enforcer for the Scarpone crime syndicate. When her husband died in a car accident, Angelica took their son and fled Las Vegas, one step ahead of the Scarpones.
Eleven years later, her nightmare past long behind her, Angelica is an upstanding citizen of Poplar Bluffs, with a thriving business and high hopes for her son, who seems destined for a major university baseball scholarship; until a name from her distant past sends a shock of foreboding and fear travelling down her spine.
Antonio Scarpone—her husband’s former boss—is facing federal trial for multiple racketeering indictments. As the aging Scarpone’s world crumbles around him, he falls into mindless obsession, focusing on one failure, and the one person who alone knows about that failure: the beautiful, young Angelica that slipped out of his control all those years ago. With senility and prison looming, Scarpone is willing to sacrifice himself and his entire organization to ensure Angelica’s death.
Angelica was running for her life. Angelica Cassidy Vicetti had started life in a rundown, doublewide house trailer in the edge of the north Georgia mountains. Her mother died in a car accident when she was little. She grew up with her drunken, abusive father until a rival killed him in a bar fight when she was sixteen. After that, Angelica had been many things in her short life: a topless dancer, a call girl, even a magician’s assistant in a Las Vegas magic show. Freaked out by a rehearsal accident, she had left the act and returned to life as a call girl when Joseph “Big Joey” Vicetti found her on a couch, dead drunk at one of Scarpone’s lavish parties. Joey took pity on her, sobered her up, and eventually married her with all the speed, pomp and circumstance of typical Las Vegas weddings. Big Joey Vicetti was an enforcer for Antonio Scarpone, capo di tutti capi in Las Vegas. Joey needed respectability and flash. Angelica was a drop-dead gorgeous blonde that cleaned up very well indeed. She had a body that turned heads no matter whose table she was dancing on at the time. She needed stability, and while Joey wasn’t the most stable of men, he was better than anyone she’d ever known. Joey never knew the things she had done as a call girl, just as she never knew the things Joey did for Don Antonio. Angelica knew that she knew things about Don Antonio that Don Antonio could never afford to have known, so despite Don Scarpone’s assurances, she felt that she and her son were only loose ends for him. Never a fool, she had watched Las Vegas become a cloud of dust in her rearview mirror.
Fire on the Mountain: A Detective Mike Eiser Novel
By Clabe Polk