Win a $25 GC - An Exclusive Excerpt from Ocean Park by Michael Walsh

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All Detective Matt Conley ever wanted was to raise a family in Ocean Park with his stunning and ambitious wife Lisa. When a corpse is found in his church, Matt begins a journey that reveals corruption and decay in his city and deceit in his marriage. As he searches for the murderer of a local businessman, a gang war erupts for control of the city’s drug trade, and the body count rises. With his reluctant new partner, Detective Lloyd Kendricks, Matt weaves his way through the puzzling connections between street gangs, politicians, bikers, and a private kink club.

Will their unlikely alliance be enough to return Matt's beloved hometown to its halcyon days? And will he find the faith he needs to rebuild his crumbling marriage?
Enjoy an exclusive excerpt:

William O’Neil joined the military after high school, had a taste of battle, learned he was good at it. So good that private opportunity followed, a high-paid job chasing people good at screwing up the world. Heʼd also become a storyteller, and rendered his adventures more like a journalist than a mercenary.

Tears fell from the canopy in the Somali jungle, hot condensation that turned the jungle floor into a steaming cauldron. Monkeys chattered and beautiful birds cawed at the endless shower. Mud-hut villages outside Kandahar were cold and quiet—no noisy animals there, just listless, desperate people waiting to die. Winds in the desolate Peshawar mountains howled, blew relentlessly, angry and cruel, the only thing alive.

His strong jaw twitched, a tic Conley suddenly remembered. It was less pronounced now, barely perceptible.

“I’m back, Matt. Came home three months ago and heard Victor Rodriguez was looking for someone to run the Tap.”

“Interesting job.”

“And not many applicants. I had the inside track. He and my dad were friends.”

“Two unlikely companions.”

“Knew each other from St. Amby’s. Holy Name Society.”

“Really? Rodriguez was a parishioner?”

“A very dedicated member of the Church of Saint Ambrose.”

“Any idea who murdered him?”

“No, but I know who does. The Paladin.”

“Who’s he?”

“Paladin’s a place—a social club.”

“You mean like the Elks or the Hibernians?” Conley asked.

William took another long slug from his drink and wore a brown mustache before his tongue wiped it away.

“No. More social.”

“I don’t get it.”

Sage glanced at William. He took a deep breath into his long, wide torso.

“Kinky stuff, Matt. You try my wife and I’ll try yours.”


Sage pulled stitches through his eyebrow, hands moving so fast they fluttered. Conley was embarrassed that she had to hear this, hoped she was too occupied to be listening.

“William, Victor Rodriguez was a married man. He took his wife to sex parties?”


“He took me,” Sage said. She’d spoken for the first time, in a confident, detached voice that didn’t interfere with her handiwork. “Victor took me to those parties.”

About the Author:
Michael Walsh attended Boston University, where he became a staffer for the Daily Free Press and earned a degree in journalism. His first professional job was at a public relations and advertising firm, writing press releases that appeared in the Boston Globe, Boston Herald, and New England Journal of Engineering. He later became a technical writer, writing and editing jet engine manuals for General Electric Aircraft Engines. GE relocated him to Cincinnati and Florida, where he currently resides. He’s written and studied fiction for years at BU, the University of Cincinnati, and now Jacksonville, where he won the First Coast Writers Festival short story contest and had work published in the UK’s Twisted Tongue and Askew Reviews. He’s an active member of the Bard Society, Florida’s longest-running writers’ workshop.

His five novels and dozens of short stories, most of them richly-layered mysteries, take place in New England. Mike and his wife Jean live in Florida with their three sons.

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Ben Marbles said…
Looks interesting. I love detective novels.
Sam P said…
Looks like a good read and well written. We'll have to get the ebook off amazon.
Michael Walsh said…
Ben and Sam, Thanks for your comments. I love detective novels also and am inspired by early Dennis Lehane and James Lee Burke.
Betty Woodrum said…
Sounds intriguing!
Rita said…
I liked the excerpt, thank you.
Eva Millien said…
Enjoyed the excerpt, sounds like a really good book, thanks for sharing and good luck with the tour!
Michael Walsh said…
Eva, Rita, Betty,

Thanks for the interest and feedback!
Lisa Brown said…
Thank for the chance to win :)
I liked the excerpt, sounds like a great book! Thanks for sharing.
Teresa Noel said…
Sounds like a great book, put it on my must read list.
Michael Walsh said…
Thanks to World of Dreams and bloggers. A fun Monday!
Cali Willette said…
Thanks for the giveaway! <3 I like the excerpt.
Anonymous said…
Thanks for this ☺
Nikolina said…
Really enjoyed reading the excerpt, thank you!