This gripping spy-thriller combines the excitement and suspense of Ian Fleming with the reality of John LeCarre. The author is a former federal criminal investigator and intelligence officer and he uses his background knowledge to bring the characters to life. A poor shopkeeper and his wife in Shanghai are murdered, something these Triad killers have done many time before, but this time they made a mistake…the victims’ young daughter was watching. Not finding the daughter was not just a mistake, it was a huge mistake. Many years later in Seattle, FBI Special Agent, Sean McNamara, is in a tai chi class and he finds himself attracted to a beautiful Chinese woman in the class. She seems to be just a PhD student at the University of Washington, but dead bodies seem to crop up when she is around, including a serial killer who is the subject of a police manhunt. A few months later, on the Caribbean island of Barbados, during a hunt for a killer, Special Agent McNamara and the Chinese woman encounter a conspiracy that reaches into the CIA and the halls of Congress and they become the hunted as assassins arrive on the island. This is the first novel in “The Chinese Woman” spy-suspense-thriller series. The second novel, “The Chinese Woman: Operation Lion Den” is currently available free at http://eepurl.com/duPvHDTo see all the novels in the series, with descriptions, go to: https://www.bcoxbooks.comINTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHORQ. WHAT MAKES THE “CHINESE WOMAN” SPY-SUSPENSE-THRILLER SERIES SO SPECIAL. WHAT DIFFERENTIATES THEM FROM OTHER NOVELS OF A SIMILAR GENRE?A. To answer that, perhaps I should tell you what motivated me to write them in the first place. I love novels of this genre, and some include both talented writing and great story lines. What bothered me, however, is that most authors don’t understand how law enforcement and intelligence agencies actually operate making good stories unrealistic. Most readers may not be bothered by this, or even realize it, but it bothered me so I decided to write novels that rectified that problem.Q. HOW COULD YOU RECTIFY THIS; WHAT IS YOUR BACKGROUND?A. I have been very fortunate…for most of my career in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police I was assigned to the Major Crime Section, Commander of the Heroin Importing and Trafficking Unit, and an intelligence officer in the National Crime Intelligence Section (organized crime and terrorism). I got to learn about similar assignments in the US as I often worked with US police and the FBI. One of my best friends, in fact, was a CIA case officer.Q. SO WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO MAKE A CHINESE WOMAN THE MAIN CHARACTER OF THE SERIES? A. After I retired from the RCMP and worked at a police college they wanted someone to go to China to study Chinese police training. I volunteered as my wife had recently passed away…I had to stop grieving and get on with my life. What an eye-opener that was…but that is a story for another time. I was treated like royalty at the police colleges and universities and made many friends among the police. I also made a few friends in the Ministry of State Security. Even though Americans and Canadians generally have a negative view of the Chinese, I was surprised to find that the Chinese actually like us; I never heard a single negative comment about Americans or Canadians.Sorry if I am getting off topic. Since I have always wanted to be a writer, I thought, what a great advantage I have had. I am personally familiar with crime, law enforcement and intelligence work in North America, now I have a good understanding of the same in China. I could write an authentic novel in the mystery, suspense, thriller genre completely devoid of unrealistic nonsense.You can see photos of me at a Chinese police college on my website: https://www.bcoxbooks.com
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Hi. My name is Brian Cox and I have been writing both novels and non-fiction “How To” books. My novels, “The Chinese Woman” series, are spy-suspense-thrillers, not only to entertain you but to provide you with an insider’s view of the world of law enforcement and intelligence officers. My non-fiction books vary quite a bit based on my diverse background and interests.I am retired from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), which most people call “Mounties”. During my career I was four years in uniform and then was transferred to the Major Crime Section as an investigator, then to Drug Section, and finished my service with the National Crime Intelligence Section (organized crime and terrorism). While in the RCMP, I was an Instructor at the Canadian Police College, the Canadian equivalent of the FBI National Academy. Following my police career, I became a private investigator and a security consultant, and after a few years in those fields, I became Managing Director and Instructor at Northwest Law Enforcement Academy. In 2001 I went to China to study their police training, and while there, I took advantage of the opportunity to further my education in martial arts and self-defense. Previously, I had taught martial arts and self-defense for over forty years, primarily to police and women’s groups. I adapted some techniques I learned in China to develop “Deadly Attack Survival” and wrote two books about this art, the first being “Self-Defense in One Hour” and the second being “How to Survive on the Street”. I was motivated to do this because of the alarmingly high incidence of sexual assaults on college campuses and the rapes and murders of women in India. I also wrote “How to Solve a Case: Criminal Investigation”, designed for uniform police officers and young Detectives so they can carry the book on a Kindle and have it with them during an investigation as a reference and guide.When I went to China in 2001, I was widower. I lived in China for five years and was fortunate enough to meet and marry Tian Yong, a Grand Master of the ancient Chinese art of Rejuvenation. Eventually we co-authored a book called “How to Look Younger and Live Longer”. Tian Yong is usually mistaken for someone 25-30 years younger than she actually is so I thought people in the West would like to know how she accomplished this…and it is not with pills, supplements or face crèmes.Another book I co-authored is called “Safety Crusaders: Keep Your Children Safe”. The main purpose of this book is to explain to parents that talking to their children about safety and protection seldom makes them safer….they must be trained, and this book tells parents how to do it. This book is being published in China in June 2015 by Chongqing University Press and will be distributed through the schools and major retailers in that country. You can go to our Safety Crusader website at: www.safetycrusaders.com to learn more about this training manual.My hobby, when I was younger, was sailboat racing but now that I am in the Autumn of my life, I will be happy to do some cruising and day sailing. I was also an avid martial artist, and I still practise every day, but it is mainly a means to physical fitness and mental serenity. I am a long time NFL Green Bay Packer fan and follow them twelve months of the year, although I still enjoy Canadian football, which is very similar. Tian Yong and I spend our time between China, mainly Chongqing and Hainan Island, and Canada…currently living in Windsor across the river from Detroit. Since living in Canada, Tian Yong has learned to enjoy both hockey and football, but she prefers hockey because it is easier to understand. I consider myself a very lucky man, not only because I have had two wonderful, beautiful wives, both with a great sense of humour, and explored an ancient culture, but also due to my various occupations; I have never had a boring day in all my adult life.Information about all my books, both fiction and non-fiction, is available on my website: www.bcoxbooks.com and all can be purchased on the Amazon Kindle Store. You will also see photos of Tian Yong on my website. The first of “Chinese Woman” novels, called “The Barbados Conspiracy” has received excellent reviews…only one a low as Three Stars, and Tian Yong is the model on the cover, from a photo taken of her when she was forty-five years old. If you enjoy my novels and/or find my non-fiction books informative and helpful, please put a review on Amazon and tell your friends. As they say in Chinese “Tai xie xie le”…Thank you so much.