Rick Ryder 

"The Ozark Blood Mysteries

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Did You Ever Have A Secret You Were Willing To DIE FOR?

It had been two solid years of solving murders for a ‘dollar a day’ for Rick Ryder after wrapping up this last one, Ryder has decided to take the summer off and spend it with his family on his ranch near Cassville MO.  However, that vacation is cut short when his neighbor and Biology professor at Crowder College in Neosho, Annie Harris stumbles into Ryder’s 15-year-old sister’s Marissa’s birthday party covered in blood and with a blood-soaked dollar bill begging them to find the killer before the other’s are killed. The vacation is cut short.  

Left at the scene of every murder is a wooden plaque with a playing card glued to it, and a bible verse burned into, it that all traces back to a bizarre connection to the Sergeant’s Club at Crowder College.  A club that his mother founded and now members of that original club are being murdered. Could it be because of a secret the club swore to never tell and sealed it in a blood covenant as they vowed to take it to their graves?  Can Ryder uncover this secret before the next victim is murdered?  Or will the Blood Covenant of the Sergeants Club be Ryder’s last case, when he finds another secret that shows his whole life has been one big lie?

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A Story Ripped From Today’s Headlines

            A friend is murdered right in front of Rick Ryder’s eyes, in the middle of Kansas City, Missouri.  He agrees to take on the case, but when another victim falls to the bullets, Ryder fears the worst- A sniper is loose in the city. And the city becomes gripped with fear as it appears the killer is a Kansas City Police Officer.

Interfering with his investigation is Captain Michele Kerry, a novice that has been made the head of the K.C. Homicide Division by a mayor that cares more for his political career than the city.  What Ryder finds is a twisted tale of murder, terrorism, and political intrigue.  Can Ryder find the killer before it costs him everything he holds dear, and keep the ‘City of Fountains’ from becoming the Blood Stained City?       

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I Love this book. Can not wait for a new book. I would recommend it to everybody. The suspense keeps you on the edge of your seat.  J.P. 

Learn How it all began in the first of the 'Ozark Blood Series'

After winning the biggest Powerball® jackpot of all time, billionaire and former Kansas City Detective Rick Ryder is now the toast of the city of fountains.  However, when his high school sweetheart is found murdered in his sports car in Roaring River State Park, he returns to his hometown to find her killer.  What he finds is a twisting tale of murders and lies that will change his life forever.


"Every chapter brings new twists and turns to this imaginative novel set in the real Show-Me State."

Missouri Life Dec. 2015

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