Title: The Triple Indemnity Murders
Author: Philip R Morehouse
ISBN: 13: 978-1548046019 – ISBN-10: 1548046019
Page count: 230
Genre: Fiction; Survival/Adventure
Book Price: $12.99
Kindle Price: $2.99 or Free with Kindle Unlimited membership
I was born in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains in upstate New York where I started my life's training and adventures on the family-owned farm. Throughout my youth, I was mentored by my grandfather who taught me how to fish, trap and hunt. These skills were crucial to the family's survival.
After graduating from high school, I enlisted in the Navy, where I received engineering and survival training and was assigned to an amphibious ship that was deployed as a part of the Cuban Blockade Missile Crisis, and later to rescue Americans from Haiti, during the Dominion/Haiti Crisis. I also served an extended hitch during the Viet Nam War. After returning home, I married, and joined the Army National Guard, serving in various aerial and ground support photography assignments.
Among the many diverse jobs, I have also worked as a professional writer and photographer for over 60 years. With my family grown and on their own, I now pursue what I love the most - writing true-to-life, survival, adventure-type stories from which I draw on my past experiences and extensive research.
Tell us about your book:
“The Triple Indemnity Murders” is a story told through the eyes of Ryker Massey an insurance salesman. Life for Ryker was pretty humdrum until it happened. Both he and his sales manager witnessed a death. Given how it happened, Ryker, after giving it much thought, knew it was a murder, especially since one of the police officers had muttered - “Not another one”. It isn’t long before he is emersed in the case and others that are happening with increasing frequency. How and why, Ryker figures out putting him and his family at risk from the syndicate that was operating a new type of business – one that involved murder.
How does this book relate to your real-life experiences?
This book relates to my life because as an insurance salesman, I had to be aware of the insurance I sold had a legally insurable interest between the purchaser and beneficiary.
How long did it take to write the book?
It took 5 months from concept to rough draft, initial edits, and final edit to finally have it published on December 20, 2017.
What inspired you to write the book?
Of all the different occupations I have worked at, the job I had that sticks out the most is the one when I was an insurance man which involved many legal ramifications, and of those, the law that governs the legal controls between the buyer and beneficiary as the most dubious and is often one of the major points of illegal activity.
Let’s talk about the writing process. Did you have a writing routine? Did you do any research, and if so, what did that involve?
Having a computer and word processor at my disposal, I would write for a few hours every chance I got as I still had a full-time job and home maintenance to keep up with. To build my story, I wrote from my knowledge of insurance as a licensed insurance broker and the possibilities in which some people might try and circumvent the law.
What do you hope your readers come away with after reading your book?
I would hope that my readers would come away with a better understanding of life insurance and how it could be illegally used by those who have murderous intent and how that might be a detriment to them.
Where can we go to buy your book?
This book is readily available online through Amazon.com as a softcover or a Kindle download or at Barnes & Noble. If any of your bookstores should be out of stock be sure to give them the following number: ISBN: 13: 978-1548046019.
Excerpt from this novel:
“They were tired of excuses from an inept police department, riddled with nepotism, which bred ignorance and corruption. Even the Police Chief had admitted, after being badgered by the Press, that they were no closer to solving the murders of several prominent business people and now one of their very own, than they had been back when the first murder had occurred.”
“I think we got enough to get a court order to check her books – I want to know who owns all those policies, the beneficiaries, and how many more policies like that are still out there – maybe we can save some people from getting murdered.”
“They were even getting calls from policyholders who were scared to death of being murdered, and “to please cancel their policies”. But, since they weren’t the policy owners, that wasn’t possible.”
“He knew that Pete was seething behind his hardened smile and, for a second, he saw a glint in his eyes that was as cold as the ice on the Alaskan North slope. He had the distinct feeling that, if Pete had had a gun, they’d all be dead.”