Upon being released after three years of incarceration in a psychiatric facility, former narcotics detective and unlicensed PI Trevor Galloway has no idea how to begin picking up the pieces of his shattered life. Having lost the woman he loved and exacting revenge upon those responsible, he is irreparably broken, heavily medicated, and believes himself to be unemployable.
When former Secret Service agent Nick Van Metre knocks on his door, Galloway is wary since he believes the man may be there to hold him accountable for interfering in a previous federal investigation and putting the man’s partner in harm’s way. However, Van Metre informs Galloway he is now working for a private security company tasked with protecting a controversial politician and wishes to hire Galloway to assist him with investigating a series of threats. Galloway is shown a series of twenty-four black and white photos taken of controversial presidential hopeful Dennis Hackney. According to Van Metre, an individual calling himself Chaerea is threatening the candidate and has managed to infiltrate several secure sites to take the photographs. Hackney has yet to fall under Secret Service protection, and Van Metre would like to wrap up the investigation before his company has to hand off protection responsibilities. While Galloway is reluctant to involve himself in the case, he is desperate for a purpose and short on cash.
In spite of his efforts to reenter his old life, Galloway has to question his own sanity after he reports an encounter with intruders who seem to have left no trace in his home. When Nick Van Metre turns up dead and an attack is carried out against Dennis Hackney, the former detective with a history of extreme violence becomes the focal point of multiple investigations.
While doing his best to keep a low profile, Galloway meets the beautiful and utterly fearless Bethany Nolan. Galloway’s stoic demeanor and Nolan’s fiery enthusiasm create a whirlwind dynamic as the two are pulled into a case filled with political intrigue, greed, and old-fashioned resentment. Galloway pulls clues from the photos as the unlikely lovers search for answers and dodge bullets in a journey that takes the from Pittsburgh to Savannah and back.
Get set for a mystery told at a breakneck pace, with each of the twenty-four chapters being linked to particular photograph in roll of film.
Look for the hints. Watch for the signs. Trevor Galloway doesn’t trust himself. Can you trust him?
The answers won’t be revealed until the final photo is flipped.
“Is someone setting Trevor Galloway up, or is his own mind deceiving him? Forgiveness Dies puts a uniquely fascinating protagonist—a detective who can’t trust his own perceptions—into a complex political thriller, and the result is propulsive. Hensley starts with a punch, and accelerates from there.” —Joseph Finder, New York Times bestselling author of Judgment and The Switch
“Inventive storytelling meets propulsive action in this wild thrill ride from J.J. Hensley, who brings real-life experiences to the page and delivers an authentic tale of double-crosses and dirty dealings. Don’t worry if you haven’t stepped into Trevor Galloway’s shadowy world yet…start right here, and you’ll soon want to read them all!” —Daniel Palmer, USA Today bestselling author of Stolen and Saving Meghan
“A snapshot of humanity in perfect focus. Edgy, furiously paced, raw. From the whip-smart dialogue to the deeply flawed characters, Hensley has a voice that will stay with you long after the final exposure.” —K.J. Howe, international bestselling author of The Freedom Broker and Skyjack
“Forgiveness Dies is a non-stop, gut churning thriller that you’ll read in one sitting. Hensley has conceived a brilliant but almost fatally flawed protagonist in Trevor Galloway, a man so tormented by his past that in the battle for truth and justice he’s forced to fight enemies that are dangerously real, and some that only real to him. J.J. Hensley is one of the best thriller writers out there, and he sits at the top of my must-read list.” —Mark Pryor, author of the Hugo Marston series
“With Trevor Galloway, the tortured, likable protagonist of J.J. Hensley’s Forgiveness Dies, Hensley has created a character destined to remain with the reader long after the last page is turned. Not only that, but readers will find themselves inextricably pulled into a tight plot that bears a brutally close, and necessary, resemblance to today’s America. Read this book, and you’ll want to read everything else Hensley has written.” —E.A. Aymar, author of The Unrepentant
“The chase is on in this pick and roll game of cat and mouse never knowing which way the answers were going to go. With a deeply-flawed character, the author knows how to bring him to life and give him the one thing he needs in order to make sense of the hand that he was dealt and that is what you’ll find in the pages of this hard-hitting thriller that will keep you on your toes as you fight the fight and prepare for the outcome.” —Dru Ann Love, Dru’s Book Musings, MWA Raven Award Recipient
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You know that state when you’re almost asleep, but not quite, or when you’re waking up from anesthesia? That’s how I felt through most of this book, and so, seemingly did the main character, a former detective just released from prison, on medication, and under scrutiny by seemingly everyone. He was hired (or was he?) by a former foe (who turns up dead soon after their meeting) to investigate threats against a controversial presidential candidate. A new girlfriend, getting pulled off the case, and other inconveniences don’t slow the breakneck pace at which this story moves. If you’re prepared to live in the twilight zone, you’ll stay until the exciting reveal.