Clay Randall is back in this exciting, fast-paced third installment of the Detective Clay Randall series. In Perception of Power, Clay faces his biggest challenge yet when a powerful politician becomes obsessed with destroying him. Filled with investigative insights, a murder for hire scheme gone awry, and surprising plot twists, the story leads the reader from the sandy Florida beaches to the Nevada desert as detectives search for answers. Conceived and written by a seasoned law enforcement professional, the author wrote Perception of Power to serve as a cautionary tale of what can happen when the raw pursuit of power matters above all else.
Thomason's heroic Florida cop, Clay Randall, gets into major trouble in his dramatic third outing (after 2010's The Six O'Clock Rule) after a bizarre chain of events leads to tragedy. Clay, a commander with the Jacksonville Beach PD, happens to be in a convenience store when an elderly man in a wheelchair shoplifts some snacks. When Clay intervenes, the would-be thief flees the store into the street, only to be fatally struck by a concrete truck, which, in turn, slams into the SUV carrying Gina Starks, a close friend of Clay's wife. Gina is killed instantly, and her young daughter is seriously injured. Clay's inadvertent role incurs the wrath of Gina's father, U.S. Senator Thomas Barclay, a leading contender for the White House, and places him in Barclay's crosshairs. Barclay's unscrupulous chief of staff, Lou Dunlop, eventually devises a fiendish scheme to ruin Clay, and the plot follows up the action-packed opening with even more surprising developments. The author's four-plus decades in law enforcement lend the story verisimilitude. (BookLife)