Friday, November 17, 2017

Bolt Action Remedy and The Mind Eraser

JJ. Hensley joins us today for Drinks with Reads matching his book, Bolt Action Remedy from Down & Out Books with the perfect drink. J.J. is a former police officer and former Special Agent with the U.S. Secret Service.  He is the author of the novels Resolve, Measure Twice, and Chalk’s Outline.  J.J. graduated from Penn State University with a B.S. in Administration of Justice and has a M.S. degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Columbia Southern University.  

His first novel Resolve was named one of the Best Books of 2013 by Suspense Magazine and was named a Thriller Award finalist for Best First Novel.

Former Pittsburgh narcotics detective Trevor Galloway has been hired to look into an old homicide. He arrives in quiet Washaway Township, Pennsylvania to look into a murder that could only have been committed by someone extremely skilled in two areas: skiing and shooting. At first, it appears the suspect pool would have to be extremely small, but when he discovers the crime scene is adjacent to a biathlon training camp—where EVERYONE can ski and shoot, things become a bit more complicated. 
Also, Galloway has enemies. A lot of enemies. Some are real, but he suspects a few might be the hallucinations that occasionally stalk him. As Galloway attempts to solve a very real homicide, he has to sort out what is fact verses fiction while trying to erase the demons racing around inside his mind.
What better drink to exorcise some demons than a mind eraser? Like Galloway, the drink is pretty straight-forward:
  • Two ounces of Kahlua or your favorite coffee liqueur
  • Two ounces of unflavored vodka
  • Two ounces of club soda (If you don't have club soda, you can substitute lemon-lime soda in a pinch.)

The good things about the mind eraser are that it can be a drink or a shot (bolt action rifles…biathlon… get it?) and you can easily throw in some Sprite if you don’t happen to have any club soda around the house. Most people recommend drinking it quickly through a straw (to scare off those particularly belligerent hallucinations), but sipping it as a cocktail may adequately pacify any demons hanging out on the dark street corner at the end of memory lane. I was first introduced to the mind eraser during college, but for some reason our meetings seem a little fuzzy. 

You can find JJ on Facebook and on Twitter @JJHensleyauthor. 

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