In Iraq, a shipment of $9 billion in cash goes missing. Each effort to find it ends in death. In Southern California, a mercenary’s murder, a severed head, and a bloody hand-written message spark a massive manhunt.
The man connecting these two events is William Butcher, aka The Butcher. Those who stole the money want him dead. The cops want him for murder. Butcher’s only hope is his former NCIS colleague and closest friend, Linus Schag.
Torn between loyalties, Schag walks the thin line between doing his job or betraying his friend. Working from opposite ends, Schag and Butcher peel back the layers of conspiracy, revealing a criminal enterprise reaching into the highest levels of government.
Ripped from today’s headlines, the plot of The Butcher’s Bill ranges from the California mountains to the waters of the Pacific, and will keep readers on edge until its final, explosive climax.
Targeted Age Group:: Adult
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
During Operation Iraqi Freedom, the Bush administration decided to pay for the reconstruction of Iraq with money drawn from Saddam Hussein's frozen U.S. bank accounts. Instead of using the funds to pay contractors as bills came do, the White House shipped some $40 billion in cash to Baghdad and simply handed it out to contractors in duffel bags. There was never any real accounting done. However, it is known that nearly $9 billion in cash simply went missing, apparently stolen. It was the biggest heist in history, and it's never been investigated. Wondering what happened to that missing $9 billion is what inspired my book The Butcher's Bill.