The Linc Malloy Novels


Linc Malloy Book One

2017 Clive Cussler Collector’s Society Adventure Writer’s Competition Top 10 Semifinalist
2018 Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society Faulkner–Wisdom Competition Semifinalist
2019 Chanticleer Book Reviews Somerset Finalist

Major Lincoln James Malloy III, US Air Force A-10 pilot, resigned his commission and returned home as the third generation to pick up the mantle of the family business—a small airport in the Cascade foothills east of Seattle. In a quest to save his family legacy from destruction, Linc races to uncover the truth behind his grandfather’s World War II plane crash. Against a backdrop of Washington State’s rugged mountains, glaciers, rivers, and waters, Linc roams the sky above, dives deep glacial lakes, and with his two sisters, struggles to find the means to redeem their past and secure their future. Will they all survive a traitor’s treachery in time to beat their deadline, or will Linc see the end of his family legacy?

In the sky . . .
The tachometer wavered, oil temperature pegged in the red, oil pressure almost non-existent. The whining became a keening wail. The keening became a shrieking squeal. A loud bang jolted the engine compartment. The airframe shuddered, once, twice, and the propeller came to a jerky stop.

On the road . . .
The black truck’s engine roared. Jerking right, it slammed into the trailer’s wheel well, throwing sparks into the night. The trailer swerved right. Its brake lights flashed. Smoke and debris poured off the tires.

Beneath the waves . . .
In the darkness, she hovered in silence fifty feet above the dim bottom. A studded tableau of dark, forlorn stumps rose in the green mist. With their straight cut tops, it seemed they had all been cut in a single giant scythe stroke. Left undisturbed in the icy water for seventy years, neither growing nor decaying, they had simply endured.

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Linc Malloy Book Two

2017 Clive Cussler Collector’s Society Adventure Writer’s Competition Top 3 Finalist
2018 Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society Faulkner–Wisdom Competition Semifinalist

Before his WWII internment, a Yakuza accountant joins others in stashing his family’s most precious belongings in the basement of Seattle’s Salvador Hotel. Seventy-five years later, while ex-Air Force pilot Lincoln James Malloy III works as an undercover pilot for the Washington State Patrol, his sisters, Alex and Skylar, follow the clues hinted at by the accountant’s basement legacy. The Yakuza closes in on the girls’ trail and is intent on beating them to their goal. Murder, drug smuggling, human trafficking, and unrequited love weave a deadly story whose threads converge in a long-abandoned aircraft hangar.

Long ago . . .
The pick slammed into the hard-packed earth. He levered it up, loosening the dirt. Raising the pick again, he pulled it down hard, with all his strength and anger into the ground. Again, and again, he punished the earth with the pick until he was breathless and sweating in the cool night air.

Far from home . . .
The pilot turned and stared into the big black hole of a short black pistol. The muzzle rocked. Startled, he realized he was being ordered to get out. He pulled on the parking brake, lifted off his headset, and opened the door.

Atonement . . .
The blade lay across his pinky just past the twine wrap. A tiny line of dark blood welled from under the honed edge. He picked up the sake bottle and took a long, slow pull of the slightly sweet, floral liquid. He paused, savoring the moment, and slammed the bottle down on the knife.

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Linc Malloy Book Three

2017 Clive Cussler Collector’s Society Adventure Writer’s Competition Top 10 Semifinalist
2018 Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society Faulkner–Wisdom Competition Semifinalist
2019 Chanticleer Book Reviews Somerset Semifinalist

Ex-Air Force pilot Lincoln James Malloy III and his former Crew Chief meet in Suriname to repossess a Beechcraft King Air C90. Stealing the aircraft, they take off and turn for Trinidad. Bullets rip through the thin skin of the airplane. They crash land into dense rainforest where they discover an unlikely surprise in the plane’s lavatory. Rebel soldiers appear from the jungle. Stuck between the jungle rebellion and old government enemies turned uneasy allies, they have only their wits to survive the wild jungle dangers and the treacherous political intrigue of powerful forces.

Going home . . .
Thirty-four thousand feet. Four hundred sixty knots. The thrum of the paired Honeywell turbofans was the only sound in the aircraft.The pilot hung limp in his harness, dead. Beside him the co-pilot took his last unconscious breath. Frost coated the inside of the windows.

Going down . . .
He spread his legs wide, staring at a bullet hole in the floor between his feet. Ragged carpet threads fringed the hole. Raising his eyes to the overhead, blue sky peeked through a clean, round hole in the headliner.

Going back . . .
Both hands clutching the wheel, he aimed for the barest spots in the brush. The car bottomed out with a crushing jolt. A moment of peaceful weightlessness. Headlight beams stabbed high into the night air. A spine-wrenching drop to hard-packed earth, and in the sudden quiet, a cloud of dust swirled in the windows.

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Linc Malloy Book Four

2019 Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society Faulkner–Wisdom Competition Finalist
2019 Chanticleer Book Reviews Somerset Long List

Eighteen years ago, Shellie Ann Krueger saw her acrobatic pilot husband crash and burn. A year later, in a drunken fog, she walked away from her life, abandoning her daughter, Skylar, to her friends and business partners, the Malloys. What should have been a short bender became seventeen years. A missing duffel and Shellie’s sudden emergence from a quiet, Albuquerque desert compound sends ex-Air Force pilot Lincoln James Malloy III and his father on a mission to find Shellie’s rescuer. Political connections and powerful men protect what goes on behind the barbed wire. Helicopters, airplanes, and white tape help Linc and his father risk everything and stop at nothing to rescue the innocent and uncover the truth.

Years on the run . . .
Eighteen years ago, she watched her pilot husband smear himself across a Midwest runway. Vodka and a guilty love muted his haunting screams from the burning wreckage. What should have been a week became seventeen years. Then, one meal changed her life.

A torch carried . . .
He found her outside Albuquerque in a barbed wire compound where she cared for young girls enjoying a taste of the country life. It was a simple rescue and a chance at redemption. But he found something else.

A secret unearthed . . .
He stepped through the hallway. It led to a deep rectangular stairwell. Flights of rusted metal stairs descended from wall to wall with short landings between flights. A quick glance with flashlight and pistol revealed a deep center shaft.

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