The Butcher’s Bill

In Iraq, a shipment of $9 billion in cash goes missing. Each effort to find it ends in death. One man’s attempt to find it leads to murder and conspiracy at the highest levels of government.

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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.

Torn 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.

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Martin Roy Hill is the author of The Peter Brandt Thrillers, The Killing Depths, DUTY, and Eden: A Sci-Fi Novella.

Martin spent more than 20 years as a staff reporter, investigative journalsit, and editor for newspapers and magazines, before becoming a Navy analyst specializing in battlefield medical operations. His freelance credits include Reader’s Digest, LIFE, Newsweek, Omni, American History, Coast Guard Magazine, Retired Officer Magazine, the Los Angeles Times Sunday Opinion Section, and many more. His numerous journalist honors include two William Allen White Awards for Investigative Reporting.

Much of his freelance work involves historical topics, especially military history. He was a lead contributor to the 1995 WWII anthology, “From Pearl Harbor to Nagasaki: America at War,” published by the Retired Officer Association (now called the Military Officer Association). He also contributed to the American Civil War anthology “Gettysburg: Three Days that Saved the United States,” published by I-5 Publishing.

Martin’s short stories have appeared in such publications as Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, ALT HIST: The Journal of Historical Fiction and Alternative History, San Diego Magazine, San Diego Writer’s Monthly, and the Plan B Mystery Anthology and webzine. His first book, DUTY, was named the Best Short Story Anthology/Collection by the San Diego Book Awards Association (SDBAA). His first novel, The Killing Depths, was a 2013 finalist for the SDBAA Sisters In Crime Mystery Award, as was Empty Places in 2014. Eden was a finalist for the SDBAA’s Best Science Fiction book in 2015.

A veteran of the Coast Guard and Navy reserves, Martin now serves as executive officer of a state military police battalion in the California State Military Reserve, a component of the California National Guard. Hill has more than 13 years experience in maritime and wilderness search and rescue and disaster response, and taught wilderness survival and first aid.
Martin is a professional member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and International Thriller Writers.HILLL