Diamonds and Cole: Cole Sage Mystery #1 (Newly Revised) (A Cole Sage Mystery)
Haunted by the woman he lost, Cole Sage has hit rock bottom. Cole receives a cry for help from his old love! Thugs, diamond scams, and land frauds leave Cole beaten, bloody but determined. Cole conquers greed and hatred with a will as hard as diamonds.
In the first Cole Sage book, we find Cole at the low point of his career. In the past, Cole was a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, working for The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Times Magazine. Now he has returned to the paper where he started his career, The Chicago Sentinel, working for his old boss and mentor Mick Brennan. Now instead of writing the big stories, he is doing the work of a rookie reporter. His big story of the day is a cat in a tree, but while he is pursuing the story. Something so disturbing happens that it wakes up the old creative juices. The cat gets electrocuted during its rescue, the cat’s owner takes the Good Samaritan hostage. The cat lady’s drift in dementia and the tragedy that follows, revives Cole’s muse.
Cole receives a desperate message for help from the great love of his life, the one that got away years ago and has continually haunted his life. Dropping everything Cole flies to California. He must discover what has happened to her. What would make her so desperate, that she would call him? He finds her in a budget nursing home, suffering from ALS, abandoned by her husband and his two kids. Cole discovers that when Ellie was at her lowest, she mistakenly signed a Power of Attorney. So now her estranged daughter Erin won’t get her grandparents inheritance, which is being held in trust for her.
Cole calls on all his investigative skills, to piece together the mystery surrounding Ellie an a cast of seedy real estate agents, the New Jersey mob, and a con game, involving diamonds, local thugs, street gangs, and the attempted bribery of the County Zoning Commissioner.
Diamonds and Cole is for anyone that loves great mysteries, timeless romance, and the idea of making amends for past mistakes.