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Tuesday, December 3, 2019

names matter... The Wrong Kind (Hannibal Jones #7) by Austin S. Camacho

A distraught woman hires private investigator Hannibal Jones to track down her daughter who has run away, trying to escape the homeless shelter life her mother has come to accept. 


Published: December 1st, 2019

A distraught woman hires private investigator Hannibal Jones to track down her daughter who has run away, trying to escape the homeless shelter life her mother has come to accept. 

When Hannibal finds Connie Blanco she is entwined in a gang war and somehow connected to a murder. The corpse is barely cold before a second murder follows and Hannibal finds himself entangled in a complex plot revolving around stolen drugs…but who is the mastermind of this twisted scheme?

Choosing the names

Character names really do matter. As superficial as we are, we draw a lot of meaning out of a person’s name. Last names often indicate nationality with all the assumptions they bring. If you read about a character named Patrick O’Connor, you assume he’s Irish. (of course, if he isn’t there’s probably a great story there.) My private detective, Hannibal Jones, has a very common last name, because I wanted him to be an “everyman.

It’s also important to know who named them, and why. And some names come with parental expectations like Chastity or Felicity. In the case of my detective, his father was an African American soldier, so he named his son after the only African military conqueror he was aware of, the man who led elephants in his army and almost defeated the Roman legions. 

Some characters rebel against their names, like fictional adventurer Modestly Blaise. Hannibal Jones is trying to live up to his name. I hope that when readers read his name they DON’T think of Thomas Harris’ cannibal villain, but rather think of the original man Hannibal was named after: a leader who was determined, creative, and ready to take on a much bigger, stronger enemy.

About the author:
Austin S. Camacho is the author of seven 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 including Dying in a Winter Wonderland – an Independent Mystery Booksellers Association Top Ten Bestseller for 2008. He is featured in the Edgar nominated African American Mystery Writers: A Historical and Thematic Study by Frankie Y. Bailey. Camacho is also editorial director for Intrigue Publishing, a Maryland small press.

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Austin S. Camacho said...

This was fun! Thanks, Mythical Books, for hosting me on my blog tour!

Nancy P said...

Great cover

Edgar Gerik said...

Great guest post

Rita Wray said...

Sounds like a great read.

Victoria Alexander said...

Sounds like my kind of book!

Austin S. Camacho said...

Thank you all for your kind words about my cover and my post. I hope if you try it out you'll let me know if it WAS your kind of book. Just drop me a note at ascamacho@hotmail.com.

katieoscarlet said...

Intrigued. Would like to find out how a homeless woman can afford a private investigator. I may have misinterpreted the premise.

Debbie P said...

This sounds like a fantastic and very intriguing read.

James Robert said...

Thanks so much for sharing your terrific book. I sure enjoyed reading about it and appreciate you taking the time to share it with us.

Calvin F. said...

Hannibal .. lol that name. Sounds good.

Sherry said...

Sounds like a book I would love.

marisela zuniga said...

This looks really good

Amy Woolard said...

Fantastic post! This book has peaked my interest for sure!!