Fruit of the Poisonous Tree
Spider Green Mystery Thriller Series Book 1
by Norm Harris
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Action
Faydra “Spider” Green is a dedicated Navy JAG lawyer who has lived her life in the shadows of a great and powerful man: her father, former President of the United States William Green. Green cannot heal the wound in his relationship with his daughter. His former power and influence curse Faydra and cause her to wonder if her accomplishments were her own doing.
A lawyer by trade, Faydra is both anxious and excited as she undertakes her first homicide investigation: —the brutal murder of a Navy SEAL. She reasons that a successful investigation will provide her the opportunity to validate her sense of self-worth. Thanks to her remarkable deductive abilities, Faydra soon realizes that the accused man, a Special Ops Marine war hero, may be innocent and that the Navy is using her as a pawn in a complex cover-up.
Meanwhile, a seasoned Navy Sea Captain, Egan Fletcher, whose wife had died eight years earlier, struggles to balance his Navy career with raising a son. When the Navy purposefully pairs him with Faydra in a meeting, the two Navy officers embark on an adrenaline-pumping adventure. It is a top-secret mission- impossible that will take them halfway around the world in an attempt to avert a catastrophic act of terrorism in the form of a biological war.
Set against the dramatic backdrop of Washington State’s Puget Sound and the mystique of East Asia, Faydra’s story revolves around a woman who appears to be as pure as the driven snow—yet, she is driven by an insatiable need to complete any assignment, no matter how dangerous. Along the way, she transforms into a symbol of hope, perseverance, and a woman’s ability to overcome life-threatening events.
The shadows of dawn crept across the city as Fay watched from her hotel room window, surveying the scene below her. Wisps of steam rose from the exhaust stacks atop the lower office buildings, indicating the temperature outside was cold. Seoul was beginning to wake. It was a peaceful time: dawn, that delicate balance between night and day. As soft as it seemed, she sensed the world was trembling.
Her report was complete. Pearce had crashed hard, sleeping on the floor next to the bed. JP had not bothered to remove her uniform. The coffee had long grown cold; Fay poured the last few drops from the insulated “Starbucks” container into her cup. She would drink it anyway.
In a few hours, Fay would meet Major Kim, and she had remained awake for twenty-four hours. Her brain felt numb. Nothing made sense to her this morning. Nor did she particularly care if anything did make sense. She removed her uniform and crawled into bed for a short two-hour nap. She had expended herself and immediately fell asleep.
Two hours seemed but a second when one was soundly sleeping. It was 08:30. Fay peered over the side of the bed. Pearce had vanished. She surveyed the room through reddened eyes. God...where am I? I could use a cigarette. Why didn’t I ever take up smoking?
Crumpled papers, partially full coffee cups, and plates with half-eaten sandwiches on them littered the room. Fay’s eyes protested the morning’s intrusion; they felt painfully sore. Worse was the headache pounding at the right side of her head.
She fumbled for the phone at the left of her bed. “Room service?” she asked in a hoarse voice. “Room eighteen-fifty-six, I think? Bring coffee. Hurry.”
Fay next called Major Kim’s room; they agreed to meet at 10:00 hours. She rolled from her bed and flopped down into the chair at the desk located near the window. Massaging her throbbing left temple with one hand, she began scratching out her investigation game plan with the other.
Spider Green Mystery Thriller Series Book 2
Faydra “Spider” Green is a spirited Navy lawyer who wants nothing more than to do the right thing and see justice done. After reconciling with her father, former President William Green, Fay is asked to investigate the mysterious disappearance of Alvin Joe, a retired admiral. He has vanished – seemingly into thin air – from his Florida home, along with secret files for a top-secret military weapon. Alongside her bubbly, quick-witted sister and a handsome, affable Sheriff, Fay sets out to track down Joe. But she soon finds herself embroiled in a deeper and far more sinister plot involving an unscrupulous corporation, the mafia, and a truly evil man who has his sights set on destroying her.
Fay stood to meet Sheriff Gus and was at once struck by his good looks. She had seen her fair share of handsome men, but this man was gorgeous.
She could often tell a man’s disposition by how he dressed. Sheriff Virgil Gus had come from a fishing expedition, she would excuse him for his fashion faux pas. Had she spotted him, say, at the mall, for example, dressed as he was, she would have been duty-bound to call the fashion police.
His faded blue jeans, black motorcycle boots, a T-shirt, sunglasses, and a Harley Davidson ball cap, suggested, redneck. Faydra could not help but notice the round, silver dollar-sized, worn spot on his Levi jeans right front pocket. Created, perhaps, by a chewing tobacco can resting therein?
“Sheriff Gus, this is Commander Faydra Green,” Mrs. Joe said.
Fay smiled and extended her hand. “Sheriff. Good to see ya.” Being a former first daughter, she had met so many people over the years she could not possibly remember them all. Not to risk offending people by not recognizing him or her, she had adopted what she referred to as her “tofu” greeting. The folksy “good to see ya” greeting, like tofu, went with every occasion.
Virgil removed his sunglasses with his left hand and firmly shook her hand with his right in one smooth motion. “Howdy, ma’am.” He turned to his deputy, “This here’s Deputy Doug.”
Good Lord! Virgil Gus had the most dazzling eyes… deep sea green… much like her own. Mercy! She turned toward Doug, smiled, offered her hand, “Good to see ya, Deputy.” Was Doug the man’s first name or his last? His name badge read “Doug,” she had no clue. She remembered Deputy Dawg, the TV cartoon character from her childhood days, and grinned at the reference.
If Sheriff Gus was a hillbilly and a redneck, he was also a cowboy. He wore big iron on his hip. Fay knew most sheriffs are elected officials. Many have never served as peace officers before taking the office of Sheriff. They are managers or administrators. But the .44 Magnum hung in a black leather hog-leg holster at his hip suggested otherwise.
Spider Green Mystery Thriller Series Book 3
Faydra “Spider” Green has had a storied career as a Navy lawyer, all while juggling being the daughter of a former U.S. President. She has successfully navigated complex diplomatic situations, pulse-pounding legal investigations, and dangerous military missions, managing each time to save the day. But now, Fay finds herself faced with a task unlike anything she has ever tackled before: fierce mafioso Roman Justine, the man who had nearly cost Fay her life, has seemingly returned from the dead. Now, Justine, hellbent on revenge, poses a threat to Fay and national security. Fay will have to go to extraordinary lengths to stop him, even tampering with the bounds of time and space.
Katrinka Lavrova is a young Russian espionage agent discovered by Russian Navy Captain Lavrov at the age of nineteen. Katrinka worked as both a spy and a sparrow since age thirteen to support her aged parents. Lavrov rescues the woman and becomes her guardian. Captain Lavrov introduces Katrinka to Fay. Fay asks Katrinka to help her steal the top-secret plans from Roman Justine’s office safe. Fay grows fond of Kat and offers her a fresh start in the United States. Katrinka dares to hope for a better life by accepting Fay’s offer.
Fay sensed the presence of Death around her. In the curtains, in the book placed on the nightstand next to the bed. Even in the sunlight streaming through the window across the bed. Death lurked everywhere.
Although she had experienced Death before, including three of her own near-death experiences, Navy Judge Advocate Commander Faydra Green had not gotten used to his genius. Then again, Death was not a person. Although he was, without a doubt, a man. His costume was complete with a giant sling blade and a black hooded cape shrouding his white, pasty face.
Those closest to her seemed to die. Her mother had died twenty-eight years before in an automobile accident. An accident had left her half-sister, JP Fletcher, injured and near death. Her father, former United States President William Green, had died a little over two years ago. And she had killed a man. Oh yes, Fay knew Death quite well.
The Girl Who Knew Death
Spider Green Mystery Thriller Series Book 4
She manages to escape but must flee to safety across Europe, trying to stay one step ahead of several mysterious pursuers. Soon, Fay and Kat discover they are being chased by more than ordinary forces – Azrael, the Angel of Death, has taken a puzzling interest in their situation and a dangerous demon appears to be stalking Kat’s every move. It will take all of Fay’s strength and ingenuity to meet these, and other, challenges looming ahead of her, while Kat must ask herself what she truly wants out of life.
The tourist dressed in white shorts and running shoes, a tangerine top, a ball cap, sunglasses, and a red backpack descended the gang plank from the ship to the dock at Cruise Ships Dock at Limassol, New Port. Once on the dock, she paused to ensure the two men lurking in the shadows of the terminal building had noticed her. She hailed a cab. Her destination was the Russian Embassy in the nearby capitol of Nicosia.
The trip to the embassy would take almost two hours. Occasionally, she checked to be sure the men were keeping up with her. She wanted to know where they were at all times. Each morning, she began her day with but one simple rule Irishka has once taught her: “Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning, a lion wakes up. It knows it must outrun the slowest gazelle or it will starve to death. It doesn't matter whether you're a lion or gazelle. When the sun comes up, you'd better be running.” I must run today. Every day. Without fail, Kat thought.
Norm Harris' first novel debuted on an Amazon bestseller list in 2002 and a Writer’s Digest award winner. It was a one-and-done, but now he's back with a plan to publish the Spider Green Mystery Thriller Series from the first mystery/thriller of days gone by. Except for time spent in military service, he is a second-generation Seattleite (that's what they call those who dwell in the shadow of Mt. Rainier), with his legal beagle son, K-K, and five giant tropical fish. Norm's stories spring from his memories of people who he has met and places and the places he has visited as he traveled the world. Diversity, inclusion, and equality are foremost in each story. "Fay is an admirable, tough, brilliant protagonist." said one reviewer. Said another, "Lt Commander Faydra Green from the JAG Corps is a “take no prisoners” protagonist..." Watch for his four upcoming first quarter 2022 novels, "Fruit of the Poisonous Tree", "Arid Sea", "Deception Pass", and "The Girl Who Knew Death" in what he hopes to be an award-winning mystery thriller series. And in late 2022 his fifth book in the series "Rain and Wind and Fire". Thank you for reading and if you enjoyed the stories please consider leaving a review!