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Execute the Office
By Daniel Bailey
A Silver Dagger Mystery, Overmountain Press, 2004
202 pages
Hardcover ISBN: 1-58072-282-X, $23.95
Trade paper: ISBN: 1-57072-283-8, $9.95

In his first novel, Justice Betrayed, Daniel Bailey introduced readers to Cassie O'Connor, a television reporter trying to find the story offering the big break that will bring her work to a larger audience. Execute the Office finds Cassie working for CNN, missing her on-again, off-again romantic partner Elliot Brock, and still hustling for the next story. When Cassie and her videographer Jefferson are assigned to cover a hurricane in Charleston, South Carolina, they find themselves embroiled in a colossal political intrigue when Jefferson spots a body. 

Told in triptych, Execute the Office, is a thriller about the lengths to which politicos will go to stay in office and the unholy militant militia who will do anything their leader. Blackmail and murder are the cost of doing business as usual. 

Cassie's tenacity places causes her to question whether or not she'll be allowed to tell the truths she's uncovered. Risking her reputation and life, she vindicates her suspicions. 

Daniel Bailey writes about what he knows. The Chief Deputy Sheriff of Mecklenburg County, which is located on the North and South Carolina border, is the largest sheriff's department in the two states. He uses his thirty years of experience in law enforcement in writing.


Pam Kingsbury
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