Philadelphia Detective Vernon Brown and his buddy James McNeil solve high-stakes murder mysteries
The Murder Gambit
A Brown & McNeil Murder Mystery Book 1
by Frank Lazarus
Genre: Murder Mystery, Crime Thriller
An unexplained death in a nursing home. A man falls from a balcony. A hit and run in the middle of a city street. An execution in a home. A woman collapses dead after a date.
Five murders. Five methods. Five police jurisdictions.
What’s the connection?
Philadelphia-area detectives are under pressure to solve the murders while dealing with their own issues.
Speeding like the lead car at Talladega towards a shocking conclusion, is The Murder Gambit a Shakespearean tragedy or a sinister reality?
A Brown & McNeil Murder Mystery Book 2
Even before he has played his first game in high school, it would seem nothing can stop Bo Campbell’s meteoric rise to stardom in the basketball world. In Philadelphia, people are already comparing him to his Overbrook High School predecessor, Wilt Chamberlain.
But his dreams are suddenly shattered when he is arrested for the murder of his best friend, Sherman Claxton.
Detective Vernon Brown, and James McNeil, his friend and Bo’s grandfather, search for the truth, but James goes rogue, and soon finds himself in the dangerous underbelly of the Philadelphia drug sub-culture, where the stakes are high and it’s hard to tell who’s friend and who’s foe.
Frank Lazarus was born and raised in West Philadelphia and attended Overbrook High School, as you may have guessed from his writings.
After graduating high school, Frank spent two years in the U.S. Army during the VietNam War. After his service, he completed his
Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia.
He was in the Financial Services and Life Insurance industry for fifty-three years before he retired at the end of 2021.
Frank has three adult children and five grandchildren.