Research Topic: Extradition from New Zealand.
In Public Secrets, my author heroine escapes to New Zealand to give herself a break from writing and have some fun.
While there, an assassin runs her car off the road and the woman driving burns in a fiery crash, resulting in FBI agent, Luke Gallagher, coming to New Zealand to investigate. While there are many people who want the bestselling author, Carla Simons dead, Luke suspects the murderer is the focus of her latest book she was writing. Makes sense given he could still prevent his secrets from being told, given the book is not yet finished.
So naturally I got curious how New Zealand police would take to having an FBI agent wandering about their country.
Turns out New Zealand and the FBI work well together. However, they are not pushovers. For example, in the case against Mr. Dotcom, New Zealand insisted the FBI share their proof of guilt before they would send Dotcom back to the States for trial. (Evidently having a stupid name is not sufficient enough for them to assume guilt.)
Here’s how I imagined the conversation went:
“But we want to try him in the US”
“Yes, but we would like to see your evidence that he has committed a crime before we send him off to your gun-toting country”
“So you want to try him here?”
“No. We just want to know what he’s done.”
“Well, he changed his name to Dotcom.”
“Yes, while it’s an unfortunate choice, it’s not criminal.”
“Sufficient for extradition…”
“No, it isn’t. Now either show us some real proof or take your gun and go home.”
So they coughed up a ton of evidence and the New Zealand judge finally sorted through it all and agreed the evidence warranted Dotcom to be extradited to the US to stand trial.
It would have been much easier just to be US’s minion, but they protect the rights of people who live in New Zealand.
In my story, the FBI agent Luke tries to dodge extradition issues by just having Chad send back his assistant to the U.S. (They wish to arrest him for outstanding crimes, but wish to do so on U.S. ground.) Doesn’t work out like they wished, but then what does?
Book 1 of the AI Sci-Rom Series
Carla Simon is a best-selling novelist besieged by death threats and lawsuits because her stories keep turning out to be true. She is considered an extraordinary researcher, uncovering facts unknown by field experts.
The truth is far simpler and more disturbing. Carla has a software program that “fixes” her mistakes and rewrites her novels so they are error-proof both in presentation and in content. The result is beautifully written and completely accurate stories about real people and events.
Some of those people want her silenced forever. When a woman, mistaken for Carla, turns up dead in New Zealand, she must face the hard truth about her program. But first she has to survive the assassin who has never failed to deliver on a contract.
“I just saw Davis off on the plane,” Chad informed him.
“But not yourself.”
“I thought I’d stay a bit longer down here. That is assuming you have no problem with that?”
“No. We’ve kicked you way down to the bottom of the list of suspects. Avoiding the press right now might be prudent,” Luke admitted. Since the DNA had come back, he didn’t know for certain who had died in that car accident, but it hadn’t been Carla Simon. The woman had used Carla’s credit card and driver’s license to rent the car, but her DNA had proved it hadn’t been Carla. Someone else might have mistaken her for the novelist and murdered her, but not Chad Tyler. He had just spent the last twelve hours with the real woman. He knew what she looked like. “I would like a number so I can contact you if necessary.”
Chad gave him his cell phone number and promised to let Luke know when he returned to the States.
Luke hung up the phone. He released a heavy sigh and frowned. If the dead woman wasn’t Carla, where the hell was the real novelist? If this was some stupid publicity stunt to sell more books, he was going to have charges filed against both her and her publisher.
The phone rang again. He was almost afraid to pick it up.
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Liza O’Connor was raised badly by feral cats, left the South/Midwest and wandered off to find nicer people on the east coast. There she worked for the meanest man on Wall Street, while her psychotic husband tried to kill her three times. (So much for finding nicer people.) Then one day she declared enough, got a better job, divorced her husband, and fell in love with her new life where people behaved nicely. But all those bad behaviors have given her lots of fodder for her books. Please buy these books, because otherwise, she’ll become grumpy and write troubled novels instead. They will likely traumatize you.
You have been warned.
Mostly humorous books by Liza:
Humorous Sci-Fi series
The Gods of Probabilities — In the Multiverses, anything can & does happen. Join the bickering Gods and the sentient beings they oversee.
Surviving Outbound — Earth is doomed, but the odds of surviving outbound isn’t much better.
Surviving Terranue — Welcome to Terranue. Prepare to be baked, pummeled, and frozen. But first you’ll have to survive the black death growing in the cliffs.
Surviving Sojourn — You know you have reason to worry when a hyper-grown one-year-old is made captain of the ship.
Ghost Lover —Two British brothers fall in love with the same young woman. Ancestral ghost is called in to fix the situation. And there’s a ghost cat that roams about the book as well. (Humorous Contemporary Romance)
Saving Casey — Cass wakes up in the body of a troubled teen who has burned every bridge imaginable. Her only choice is to turn this life around, but that’s much harder than she ever imagined.
Untamed & Unabashed —The youngest of the Bennet sisters, Lydia, tells her story. A faithful spinoff from Pride & Prejudice.
A Long Road to Love Series: (Humorous Contemporary odd Romance)
Worst Week Ever — Laugh out loud week of disasters of Epic proportions.
Oh Stupid Heart — The heart wants what it wants, even if it’s impossible.
Coming to Reason — There is a breaking point when even a saint comes to reason.
Climbing out of Hell — The reconstruction of a terrible man into a great one.
The Hardest Love — Is to love oneself. Sam’s story.
The Adventures of Xavier & Vic Sleuth series: (Late Victorian/Mystery/Romance)
The Troublesome Apprentice — The greatest sleuth in Victorian England hires a young man who turns out to be a young woman.
The Missing Partner — Opps! The greatest sleuth in Victorian England goes missing, leaving Vic to rescue him, a suffragette, and about 100 servants. Not to mention an eviscerating cat. Yes, let’s not mention the cat.
A Right to Love — A romantic detour for Jacko. Want to see how amply rewarded Jacko was when he & Vic save an old woman from Bedlam?
The Mesmerist — The Mesmerist can control people from afar and make them murder for her. Worse yet, Xavier Thorn has fallen under her spell.
Well Kept Secrets — The problems with secrets is that they always come to light, no matter how you wish to silence them.
Pack of Trouble — Changes are a part of life, but these changes almost kill Vic.
The Darkest Days — Muddled cases make Vic very grumpy.
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