The second installment in the Major Crimes Task Force (MCTF) saga, Right to Bear Arms incorporates varied perspectives on the ongoing debate swirling around the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution: "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."
Buddy Rickard, a large man accustomed to living off the land and on his own terms, has a score to settle. In fact, he has many. The government wants his guns, his ex-wife wants his home, and an unfair system seems bent on making their wishes come true.
However, none of them counted on Buddy's resolve, his narcissistic nature, or his skill with a rifle.
The assassination of a popular legislator in Philadelphia turns heads at the state's capitol. A similar murder within days has elected officials running for cover faster than votes. A sniper is loose, and politicians are his favorite game. The increasing body count, lack of investigative leads, and the prospect of more victims motivates the governor to activate the state's newest and most elite crime fighting team.
Late to the game, members of the Major Crimes Task Force must sift through mountains of information to examine clues previously identified as well as those missed. A picture soon emerges of a killer without conscience who possesses the means, motive, and opportunity to rain down death from a distance. Most chilling, it is clear he is sending a message to the masses, one he intends to reinforce as often as necessary.
As with my debut novel, the second book in this series weaves parallel tales of good and evil. The antagonist matures and evolves into a serial killer. At the same time, the members of the MCTF grow professionally and personally. The hunter and the hunted, their stories invariably come together resulting in the explosive conclusion.
Humorous, tender, and at times frighteningly real, this novel provides the reader with two perspectives of an exhaustive and far-flung criminal investigation. Initially set in the suburban and urban environs around Pennsylvania's capital city of Harrisburg, the story quickly moves to the thick woods and rolling mountains to the north. Additionally, the tale includes action sequences in urban and suburban Philadelphia and the Nation's Capital.
In keeping with a seemingly successful formula, Right to Bear Arms incorporates in-depth character and scene development. Furthermore, the story is recounted utilizing short chapters with cliffhanger endings and increasing tempo.
I hope you enjoy reading this novel as much as I enjoyed writing it.
The second book in the Major Crimes Task Force series is a compelling look into the inner workings of law enforcement as the team tracks down 'Buddy', a serial killer with a vengeance against gun control. It is a refreshing read, an accurate portrayal of the fluidity of chasing and apprehending fugitives and the real-life dangers involved. The characters are well developed, the setting (Northern Lycoming County) is perfectly described, and the pacing is superb. Jackie W.
Most recent ABC interview of Author Jon D. Kurtz. Three minutes in length.