"...a gumshoe thriller. - Dr. Dan Luedke, Author of Elijah-Co and Somitra

When Private Investigator Cooper Malone’s best friend, Heather, comes back from a party cruise on the Mardis Gras Rio, she is convinced that someone was killed at sea and the company is covering it up. Coop takes the case, knowing it won’t be easy. He has no body, no evidence of a crime, and too many suspects—not to mention that his crime scene is out at sea. 

Sifting through a web of half-truths and odd characters, with the police snooping around his case and the cruise company refusing to cooperate, Coop must cross a few lines to keep his promise to his friend and himself. Something shady is going on aboard the Rio, something that reaches far beyond the case he was hired to solve. He just doesn’t know what yet—and what he doesn’t know could end up killing him.

About the author(s)

Writing may not be JB Roth’s first career, but it is by far his most interesting and rewarding one. When JB isn’t writing, he’s either nose down in a book or eyes up looking for whatever flying machine he hears passing by. He lives in Jacksonville, FL with his wife, Penny, and their tyrannical French bulldog, Lena.


Blunt Force is a gumshoe thriller. JB Roth takes us on a mystery tour of South Florida through the eyes of Cooper Malone, PI. A party boat conceals a murder which Coop is asked to solve. He grabs a loose thread and begins to unravel the party boat’s secrets.  Coop’s not so private as he recruits his entire office—two charming ladies and both local cops and the Feds. But Coop leads the charge, and his FORCE is BLUNT.  He brings heat to Miami and puts the thrill in thriller.  

Blunt Force is a fun read for beach or hearth. Just don’t get too comfy; you might miss the boat.”  

– Dr. Dan Luedke, Author of Elijah-Co and Somitra