Is retired basketball star Xander Brown missing, or kidnapped? His crazy family and dangerous friends draw DC detective Hannibal Jones into a deadly chase to find – or rescue – a complex man. In public, Xander is a husband, father, partner, friend, but who is he in private? Which role took him away? The search moves at breakneck speed across the posh suburbs and angry alleys of the nation’s capital, forcing Hannibal to confront tough truths and deadly risks. Will DC’s troubleshooter save a life or lose his own?
Hannibal saw the five inches of stainless-steel arcing toward his stomach and managed to swing his right arm down fast enough to stop Cawfee’s arm, wrist against wrist. He gripped Cawfee’s knife hand with both of his own and twisted hard. It didn’t break Cawfee’s grip on the weapon, but he did release Hannibal’s jacket, waving his free arm to keep his balance.
Hannibal let go and jumped back away from Cawfee. Wrestling with a knife in the hand of a bigger man was a losing proposition. He back pedaled, trying to get more distance from that knife, but Cawfee kept charging at him.
“I seen your gun,” Cawfee said, “but I saw how you acted around the women and I figured you wouldn’t go around strapped here at the house. Not so stupid now, huh?”
At that moment, Hannibal felt stupid, thinking Cawfee might make the rational choice. Now he faced a man who looked like he knew what he was doing with a blade, making short feinting slashes at Hannibal. He would have to wait until Cawfee committed before he tried to disarm him.
Cawfee’s eyes lit up and he leaped forward faster than Hannibal thought he could. The blade swished past in front of him, but he lost his footing and fell. His back thudded into the turf and Cawfee dropped on top of him, switching his grip to stab down. Hannibal crossed his forearms, stopping Cawfee’s arm between his fists. Cawfee applied all his weight, forcing the knife down to within an inch of Hannibal’s throat. Both men panted hard with the opposing effort, Hannibal gearing up to push hard to one side.
Then there was a short whoosh and a loud crack sound. The impact sounded to him just like a man driving a ball down the fairway.
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Your book is a movie! Who’s in your dream cast?
Subtle Felonies is the 8th in the Hannibal Jones series (which really should be a TV show) but if it picked up for a movie the cast would be easy.
My protagonist, Hannibal Jones, was originally patterned after Shemar Moore. Most people don’t know that Shemar is mixed race, born to a white mother and black father, as was Hannibal Jones. Like Shemar, my character is an only child raised by a single mom, overseas in his younger years. This actor would have no issues relating to the character. He’d almost be playing himself. And he has played a thoughtful action character in Criminal Minds.
His love interest, Cindy Santiago, would be played by Michelle Rodriguez. Cindy is Puerto Rican so we need an actress who fits the mold and can be fiery enough to push back against Hannibal the say Cindy often does.
Cawfee, the bodyguard/chauffeur would be best played by Michael Jordan. We need a muscular guy who can be loud but also play vulnerable when needed.
Then there is the slightly sleezy money manager Gene Young. I’d put Terrance Howard in that role. He is the perfect clean-cut hustler as demonstrated in the TV show Empire.
The next two important characters would be played by actresses from the same TV show. The kidnapped man’s wife, Hannibal’s actual client, should be portrayed by Christine Adams. She was the wife in Black Lightning, and did a good job of portraying a black woman who had ascended to upper class but still had a lot of the street in her.
One of her daughters in that show was played by Nafessa Williams. She was fiery, strong willed but also a bit of a spoiled brat. She’d be a fine fit for the kidnap victim’s daughter in this story.
I still think Hannibal Jones belongs on the small screen but now that I’ve considered a feature film, these actors could surely bring my mystery thriller to life!
Austin S. Camacho is the author of eight novels about Washington DC-based private eye Hannibal Jones, five in the Stark and O’Brien international adventure-thriller series, and the detective novel, Beyond Blue. His short stories have been featured in several anthologies and he is featured in the Edgar nominated African American Mystery Writers: A Historical and Thematic Study by Frankie Y. Bailey. He is a past president of the Maryland Writers Association, past Vice President of the Virginia Writers Club, and one of the directors of the Creatures, Crimes & Creativity literary conference - now in its 10th year. The 8th Hannibal Jones mystery, Subtle Felonies, is scheduled for a September 27 release.
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