Murder, Suspense and Greed Collide in Mystery Sequel

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Gordon N. McIntosh’s “Death’s Crooked Shadow” brings back familiar characters

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Gordon N. McIntosh’s protagonist Doug Sutherland is back in the new mystery novel “Death’s Crooked Shadow” (published by iUniverse). Readers of the first Sutherland novel, “The Lagarto Stone,” will find just as much action, suspense and justice in this, McIntosh’s second novel.

Real estate developer Doug Sutherland thinks it is just going to be another sweltering summer day in Chicago. But when the foreman restoring his late father’s rundown office building discovers a skull and human bones encased in a crumbling Greek column, Sutherland is suddenly propelled into a cauldron of greed, sadism and murder.

The last thing Sutherland needs is bad publicity. When he learns the victim is notorious alderman Danny Delaney, however, he realizes a 15-year-old mystery is about to be solved – and his deceased father is one of the prime suspects. When the murdered man’s notebook and videotapes surface, Sutherland discovers that his father had more secrets than he ever realized. As he is relentlessly harassed for what he might know—endangering both his life and his business – Sutherland must convince everyone that he knows nothing. Unfortunately, no one believes him.

When asked why he chose to set “Death’s Crooked Shadow” in Chicago, McIntosh laughs. “Chicago and Illinois are notorious hotbeds of crime and corruption,” he says. “Between greedy politicians, bent policemen, drug gangs, the Outfit and behind-the-scenes power brokers, you wonder if there’s an honest soul to be found.”

About the Author
Gordon N. McIntosh began writing mysteries and thrillers after a successful career in commercial real estate. After an early retirement he and his wife traveled and lived extensively in Mexico, South America, Australia and Europe. Now they split their time between their homes in Chicago and Key West, Florida. When he’s not writing, he enjoys running, scuba diving, tennis and world travel. This is his second mystery novel. For more information about “Death’s Crooked Shadow,” visit; to learn about McIntosh himself, visit

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