NC Literary Hall of Fame



Dupllicity's Child by FJ Harmon

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
$14.78, paperback
ISBN: 978-150244883
October, 2014
Fiction: Suspense / Thriller
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He did everything to get elected, including murder. Mace Franklyn, caught up in the deadly politics of a high profile murder, faces deceit and betrayal which threaten to expose his dark secrets. What he is hiding cost him his marriage, his FBI career, and could still cost him his freedom. Determined to prove the past is not who he is, Mace seizes the opportunity, when he gets a call for help from his former FBI instructor, now a district commander in the Michigan State Police. The task is to unravel who is behind a series of murders, the victims all University of Michigan coeds. Frustrated by the politics of the joint task force, Mace suspects someone inside the Michigan Bureau of Investigation is involved. With the help of a small cadre of trusted friends, he sets a trap, but only begins to learn the truth when he feels cold steel in his back.

Duplicity's Child is the first in a planned five-book series of murder mysteries with Mace Franklyn. Mace's life backstory is loosely based on the founder of the FBI's Criminal Profiling Program, and the serial killings that are referenced were actual cases that occurred in Michigan.

In 1968 FJ Harmon married his sweetheart, graduated from Lawrence Technological Institute, and began his twenty-two year career in Naval Intelligence, all in the same month. After a short stint on active duty, he pursued duel careers as a Naval Reserve Intelligence analyst and as a national intelligence technical analyst working at various agencies over his career such as the National Security Agency, Central Intelligence Agency, and Defense Intelligence Agency.

For thirty-six years, his writing was confined to technical documents, position papers, and contract proposals, not exactly the stuff of fiction. However, his creative urge to write fiction, kept on the "back burner" until his retirement in 2007, blossomed into two books .

His first For What Is Sacred, later renamed Sacred Revenge, was inspired by the state of North Carolina. The NC Port Authority proposed to build a deep-sea port between a nuclear power plant and a nuclear arms depot, which to many seemed to present an ideal terrorist target. The next five years were devoted to research and honing his fiction writing skills, and then in 2012 his first book was published. Two years after that he completed his second book, Duplicity's Child, the first in a planned five-book series.

Currently Fj Harmon writes for a local magazine in St. James, North Carolina, Cat-Tales, and is working on his next book, Returning Fire, to be released in September 2016.

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