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John Lansing, author of The Devil’s Necktie, and now Blond Cargo, has provided me with a great post about missing persons cases and how he has used them in his writing. You’ll find the article below, as well as details regarding Blond Cargo: the book cover, synopsis and excerpt. You’ll also find John Lansing’s bio and contact info, as well as info on the blog tour and book blast, including book reviews, guest posts, interviews, and a chance to win a free copy of the book.
Thanks John, for taking time to write the following article. Great job!
Guest Post: John Lansing on Story Ideas and Writing.
I keep a file of articles, stories, and ideas from newspapers, magazines, interesting conversations and personal anecdotes. If something captures my interest, I save it. When I’m ready to start a new project, I rummage through the file to see if anything sparks my imagination. I look for a case or story that’s filled with conflictand takes my protagonist out of his comfort zone and into an interesting arena.
There’s a particular case that’s held my interest for years. I followed the story along with the rest of the world. It was something that stayed with me long after it’s sad conclusion.
The Natalee Hollaway case.
Natalee vanished on the island of Aruba after a night of partying on a high school graduation trip. Her disappearance was a cause celebre that dominated the airwaves, 24/7 back in 2005.
I grew up with three sisters and I think that’s one of the reasons the story resonated with me. This horror could have happened to one of them. A middle class girl out partying with friends, in the prime of her life, who never made it back to her hotel. Never made it home.
Well, one of the theories floated at the time was that she had been kidnapped in Aruba, and sold into a sex slavery ring. It sounded far-fetched to me, but it was the story told to Greta Van Sustern by Joran van der Sloot, the main suspect in the case. He later retracted the story, but what stuck with me and why I held on to the articles for so long was that no one in law enforcement denied that such things took place. In fact, they took the admission seriously enough to send out search parties to nearby islands to check outthe story.
This event, whether true or false was something that I thought I could use in my new book, Blond Cargo. But I had to make sure I wasn’t going down some rabbit hole.
It took all of one Google search tothe state department’s Trafficking In Person’s Report to learn the truth. The statistics were as outrageous as they were disturbing.
In 2011, 42,291 people worldwide were identified and helped out of slavery. The question remained, how many weren’t. The FBI’s website stated, “It’s sad but true: here in this country people are being bought and sold like modern-day slaves.”
When we hear about sex trafficking in the United States, we usually think about Eastern European, or Asian women being smuggled into the country by brutal gangs and put to work in bars, sweatshops and brothels. That is a reality, and sadly happens on a regular basis, but the state department reports that it’s ten times more likely an American girl will be trafficked inside the U.S. and that 300,000 American children are at risk of being trafficked across state lines for the explicit purpose of having sex.
The FBI with the support of the Justice Department has made an increased effort to combat this blight on the human spirit. And the New York City mayor’s office recently helped launch a program to give legal assistance to victims of this horrific crime.
Natalee Holloway’s body was never recovered. In January of 2012, an Alabama judge declared her legally dead.
In my first novel, The Devil’s Necktie, retired Inspector Jack Bertolino’s son, Chris, was the victim of a brutal murder attempt. Vincent Cardona, a mob boss with ties to Jack’s old Staten Island neighborhoodprovided information that led Jack to the criminal. Jack knew there’d be payback involved, there always was with the mafia. And when Cardona’s daughter goes missing, the mobster turned in his chit.
In Blond Cargo, Jack gets pulled into a missing persons case that takes him into the steamy world of sex slavery. A case Jack takes on to repay his debt.
by John Lansing
Visiting with the Partners In Crime Virtual Book Tour Company
Book Blast on October 7th
on Tour at October 8 – November 30, 2014
Series: Jack Bertolino, 2nd
* Blond Cargo does include some graphic violence.
Published by: Karen Hunter
Publication Date: 10/20/2014
Number of Pages: 320
“A pulse-pounding thriller with a charming protagonist” (Kirkus Reviews), this gripping ebook continues the story that began in The Devil’s Necktie.
Jack Bertolino’s son, Chris, was the victim of a brutal murder attempt and Vincent Cardona, a mafia boss, provided information that helped Jack take down the perpetrator of the crime. Jack accepted the favor knowing there’d be blowback. In Blond Cargo the mobster’s daughter has gone missing and Cardona turned in his chit. Jack discovers that the young, blond, mafia princess has been kidnapped and imprisoned while rich, politically connected men negotiate her value as a sex slave.
A sizzling whodunit for fans of James Patterson and Patricia Cornwell, Blond Cargo taps into the real-life crime world to deliver a thrilling, action-packed story that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the explosive, unprecedented finale.
Read an excerpt:
John Lansing started his career as an actor in New York City. He spent a year at the Royale Theatre playing the lead in the Broadway production of “Grease.” He then landed a co-starring role in George Lucas’ “More American Graffiti,” and guest-starred on numerous television shows. During his fifteen-year writing career, Lansing wrote and produced “Walker Texas Ranger,” co-wrote two CBS Movies of the Week, and he also co-executive produced the ABC series “Scoundrels.” John’s first book was “Good Cop, Bad Money,” a true crime tome with former NYPD Inspector Glen Morisano. “The Devil’s Necktie” was his first novel. “Blond Cargo” is the next book in the Jack Bertolino series. A native of Long Island, John now resides in Los Angeles.
1. 10/07/14: Review, Interview @ The Great Reads!
2. 10/08/14: Showcase @ Deal Sharing Aunt
3. 10/09/14: Showcase @ Just Reviews
4. 10/15/14: Review @ The Top Shelf
5. 10/20/14: Guest Post @ Writers and Authors
6. 10/24/14: Review, Guest Post @ Jersey Girl Book Reviews
7. 10/25/14: Interview @ Omnimystery News
8. 10/29/14: Review @ Teena in Toronto
9. 11/05/14: Guest Post @ Ryder Islingtons Blog
10. 11/07/14: Showcase @ Brooke Blogs
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