Sydney Marie McSwain and her pal, Cody Beck, team up to take on a secret club called The Devil’s Door where members are branded with the tattoo of a devil and call themselves The Privileged Ones.
Sydney Marie McSwain – a tomboy who yearned for a father.
Cody Beck – a wannabe filmmaker, wisenheimer and flirt.
Jaden Transparent – the star who led the high school hockey team to two championships, and was now on the A-list for NHL scouts.
Sydney Marie McSwain loves her mom, Anna – a private investigator in the coastal city where they live – but they had a major issue between them. Anna refused to give Sydney the identity of her father. On the day of her high school graduation, they were battling it out, once again. An hour later, Sydney, Cody and Jaden were at the local café, and watched as Anna was gunned down, and it was broadcasted on live TV.
Faced with immediate responsibility, Sydney and Cody agreed to take over the agency, only they changed the name to McSwain & Beck. At the same time, Sydney convinced Sutter Beach Detective, Ace Carter, to help her track down her father.
Out of the blue, a model walked in and hired them to follow her step-brother. While Cody was busy editing a trailer to solicit new clients, Sydney settled into her lemon-yellow pickup to do surveillance, and wound up staking out a secret club called The Devil’s Door whose suspicious members wore the tattoo of a devil.
That same night, Sydney received a call from one of her mom’s former clients, only the client was gunned down at the location where they agreed to meet. The mysterious discovery of a DVD revealed the possibility that teenagers were being abducted, only nobody reported them missing.
On the hunt for the victims, McSwain & Beck were chased by men in ski masks, nearly gunned down by members of a cartel called the outlaws, Sydney’s precious pickup was broken into; then the step-brother they were hired to follow, was found dead and Sydney was the number one suspect.
If things weren’t bad enough already, they had to figure out how to crash a red-carpet Mardi Gras bash being held on a private cruise ship, before it sailed off into the sunset, where they just might meet the devil, himself.
Now, the clock was ticking…
And time was running out…
How was she ever going to find her father, now?
“Their lives were in the hands of two 18 year-olds…”
A FEW hours later, Cody and I stood at the top of the hill overlooking the harbor. We were both dressed in dark-jump suits and night-goggles. Rope gear and harnesses were secured around our waists. At the marina, The Humidor was lit up with thousands of twinkling lights, indicating the party was underway. Limousines, Hummers and exotic sports cars continued to drop off late arrivals dressed to the nines at the red-carpet plank that led to the main deck where the party was underway.
At the sound of a car door shutting behind me, I turned around to see Jaden as he trudged up the incline, carrying Cody’s camera bag. When he reached us, he opened it and pulled out Cody’s Canon camera and the tri-pod.
I looked at Cody, aghast. “You’re having him film this?”
Cody shrugged. “Are you kidding? This is the perfect advertising tool.”
“It’s not a spy flick, Cody.”
“C’mon Syd, how often do sleuths get to handle situations like this, saving victims on a frigging cruise-liner? Man, we’re doing something no veteran P.I. ever gets to do. It sure beats rifling through documents in a cold basement.”
I shuttered. “What if we don’t save them? Have you thought of that? This is serious stuff, Cody.”
Cody put both hands on my arms, and stared into my eyes. “Not saving them, is not an option. You got us here, this far. We will save them!”
Tears welled up in my eyes. I hate crying, but lately, I seem to be doing it, a lot.
Jaden nodded, and he looked serious and sincere. “I hate to say it, Syd. But numb-nuts is right. You took the skills your mom taught you, and you worked this case. You have a chance to stop what’s happening, long before that boat takes them anywhere.”
I inhaled a gulp of air and let it out. “Okay,” I finally responded, after what felt like an eternity.
CR HIATT is a writer of screenplays and an author of YA action-mystery novels. The daughter of a military veteran, CR grew up in a small town where she became an All-American athlete. CR knew early on that she wasn’t cut out for the nine to five type of job – her tendency to day dream about adventures often got in the way. But, being the daughter of a Navy Veteran she also knew one had to do what was necessary to be secure, so she disciplined herself to push those dreams aside and settled on working in the entertainment legal field. When those dreams invaded her world once again, CR finally gave in and set out to write her own adventures. What the heck, right. If you can’t live ’em, you might as well write about them.
The journey started after CR interviewed big city detectives about their lives on the job; then talked with some of their victims. That resulted in her first YA series: McSwain & Beck. The novels are works of fiction, only based on real life events, but you can’t help but wonder while reading the books which parts are true.
When CR isn’t writing, she enjoys renovating houses, spending time outdoors, catching up on her favorite books and TV shows (dedicated fan of NCIS, Justified, Southland, Blue Bloods, Person of Interest, and Big Bang Theory) and most importantly, spending time at the campfires with her family and friends.
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