Dat­ing Death

Cape Coral Living - - Book - BY DOUG GALLOGLY

Not only is Beth Bow­man beau­ti­ful, she’s also smart, re­source­ful and skilled in hand-to-hand com­bat. These qual­i­ties help this for­mer Dal­las po­lice of­fi­cer sur­vive the life of a pri­vate in­ves­ti­ga­tor in Co­ral Gables, Florida, though she is a risk-taker. In Dat­ing Death, by Randy Rawls (White Bird Pub­li­ca­tions, 2016, $18.99), Bow­man dis­cov­ers her­self closer to death than ever be­fore. Chief El­ston has a crooked politi­cian by the short hairs, but he wants the peo­ple bankrolling him, so he re­cruits Bow­man to act as the man’s lat­est girl­friend so she can be close enough to pro­tect him at pub­lic events. When this task proves im­pos­si­ble, she goes into hid­ing, know­ing she’s be­come the tar­get of danger­ous men. With the help of a net­work of home­less friends, she in­ten­si­fies her search for the men who are de­ter­mined to end her life. Dat­ing Death reads like a 1960s TV de­tec­tive drama, filled with rough edges and tense con­ver­sa­tions. Beth Bow­man plays the role of hard-bit­ten gumshoe with gusto, never sure whom to trust and at her best work­ing with her crew of home­less friends. It’s a just-the-facts, look-overy­our-shoul­der kind of story, and it’s an en­ter­tain­ing es­cape from re­al­ity. Which is, af­ter all, why so many of us pick up a book! A native of North Carolina, Rawls spent his ca­reer in the Army, re­tir­ing in 1982. Mov­ing to Florida, he re­turned to work with the Depart­ment of De­fense as a civil­ian. His life­long love of read­ing even­tu­ally turned into a love of writ­ing, and trav­el­ing the world with the Army pro­vided him with a wealth of ex­pe­ri­ence to draw from as he de­vel­oped his skill. Dat­ing Death is his third Beth Bow­man ad­ven­ture.

Doug Gallogly lives with his wife, Jackie, in Fort My­ers.

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