Ransomware and Murder

A Jack Sharp, MD novel

It has been a few years since my last Jack Sharp, MD novel, Witness in the Window.  My last novel, Crisis on the Ice was written with a different style and had a whole new list of characters. Once again Jack gets caught up in a mystery and murder in my newest novel, Ransomware and Murder.

Scott McPherson, MD

For me writing a novel is a daily activity. I spend 30 – 45 minutes nearly every morning writing the first draft. I typically takes about a year to complete the draft this way. It isn’t very efficient but I enjoy the journey. For this novel, I also chose to hire a professional editor. I believe my novels should get better and better and I decided that getting professional outside help was one way to improve upon my method. Time will tell if it paid off but I know has made this novel perhaps my best. Together with marketing advice, I hope to be able to have a successful book launch by May this year.

The following is my synopsis for Ransomware and Murder: A Jack Sharp, MD novel.

   Jack’s Family Practice office is in trouble.  Their finances just don’t make sense and as hard as Jack and his partners work, they can’t understand why they aren’t doing better.  Just as they come up with some strategies for improvement, they’re hacked!

   Detective Rebecca Sweate’s plate is filling up fast.  While dealing with a murder investigation centered in St. Francis Hospital, St. Francis is hacked!  The city offices are hacked!  Pulled in different directions Detective Sweate has her hands tied when they lose computer access.  She can’t decide if this murder is tied to the cyber-attack but she will pit her best officers and information technologists against the hacker. Then, as if she doesn’t have enough to deal with, the FBI comes in to take over. 

   Married only a few years, Jack is trying to adapt to raising a teenager.  His adopted daughter is growing up fast and he realizes how little he knows about teens. The struggles in his office weigh on his mind and a dark cloud rising up from his past, draws him in.  Before he even knows he’s at risk, Jack becomes a victim.

If you’re new to Jack Sharp, MD, you could start now with the first of the series, Congo Mission. While the current novel is not dependent upon having read previous ones, it does have elements from each of them. They are all available as Ebooks and as paperbacks.

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About smcpherson58

Aside from loving chocolate and coffee (not necessarily in that order) Scott McPherson has learned that he loves to write. He writes fiction and, so far, has published two novels. Scott has many varied interests, though he tries to focus on one at a time. He has worked for nearly thirty-five years as a family physician, a pass-time that gives him great pleasure and pays the bills. He has five daughters and dotes upon three grandchildren. Recently married, he really loves life. Scott writes from his life experiences and from travel. His career in the active Air Force was brief, but he has been a member of the Nebraska Air National Guard since just before 9/11 in 2001. The aftermath of that great disaster changed the face of the Guard and led to missions in far-away lands. He has spent time in Turkey, Iraq, Spain, Crete and Guam in missions related to support for Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. He has been to Iceland and Antarctica as well. Scott has no personal experience with violent death or murder, but has gained knowledge from experts. In his first novel, “A Step Ahead of Death,” his character, Jack Sharp MD, becomes embroiled in a murder mystery. First as suspect, then as amateur sleuth, Jack tries to make a difference. He finds himself right in the middle of an investigation well beyond the scope of a local murder. A man of faith, Scott traveled to Africa with his small family in the 1980s and served as a medical missionary in Zaire (known as Congo today) with a church organization. The vast difference in what it takes to exist in such an environment served as a basis for much of his second novel, a thriller, “Congo Mission.” His character, Jack, is twenty years younger than in the first novel. In “Congo Mission” Jack serves as a physician in a missionary hospital in the jungles of northwestern Zaire. There he is not only captivated by a young woman visiting the region, but falls victim to his nemesis Jacques Levant. His motivations and faith are tested and his resolve to do God’s work gets pushed to the limit. When he is not writing Scott enjoys walking, a practice that actually led to his first attempt at writing a novel. He began making notes and writing prose about the mundane things around him. He tried to make the details sound interesting, even though it was just for his own pleasure. Eventually he found that he could expand his prose to “what if?” “What if I just kept walking?” “What if I, or my character, found a dead body in the ditch along the side of the path?” That was the premise for the first novel, “A Step Ahead of Death.” Scott McPherson is an avid trombone player and has played since he was nine years old. He marched in the Cornhusker Marching Band at the University of Nebraska and now takes advantage of one free football game a year by playing in the half-time show with the UNL Alumni Marching Band. He plays in the Lincoln Civic Orchestra and a community band from the nearby town of Waverly, Nebraska. Scott loves to sing as well, though his range seems to have diminished in recent years. He has sung in college and church choirs and remembers performing parts of Handel’s Messiah as a highlight of his singing experience. One little-known fact about Scott is that he once sang soprano in a boys choir. Scott plans to keep writing as long as the ideas flow and others show interest in his stories. He loves to interact with other writers or readers about what has become a passion in his life. Reviews are always welcome as are questions and comments.
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