State of Control
Book 3 of the Virgil Jones Mystery Thriller Series
PUBLISHER’S WEEKLY SAYS “THE VIRGIL JONES MYSTERY NOVELS BY THOMAS SCOTT ARE ABSOLUTELY THRILLING!”
Virgil Jones thinks his life is back on track and he’s in control of his future, but he’s not. In fact, he doesn’t even know the meaning of the word control…
In Shelby County, Indiana, a group of mega-farmers are about to make the deal of their lives. During a dry season that threatens to ruin their harvest, they begin to dig for irrigation water but hit a pocket of natural gas instead. A hasty deal is put on the table and the members of the Shelby County Co-op board are set to go from a Midwestern farming powerhouse to a multi-million dollar fracking operation. Except one of the farmers doesn’t like the idea. He doesn’t like it at all…
Pam Donatti is still grieving the loss of her husband, Ed, after he was killed in a vicious gun battle, a battle that almost cost Virgil his own life. When the state refuses to pay Pam Donatti her husband’s death benefits, the Indiana State Troopers go on strike in support of a fallen officer’s family. But Pam has a secret, one that has the potential to change her, and her son’s life forever…
On a quiet Sunday afternoon Virgil’s former boss calls and tells him the governor wants a private meeting. Why? He has no idea. And frankly, he doesn’t care. He was fired from the state’s Major Crimes Unit by the governor himself eight months ago. Besides, his life is going just fine. His wife, Sandy, is pregnant with their first child, he owns two businesses—a Jamaican themed bar called Jonesy’s, and a private investigation firm he runs with his partner and brother, Murton Wheeler.
But Virgil is about to discover that time isn’t as linear as it appears and events from his past are about to repeat themselves. And when they do, he’ll come face to face with pure evil and forced to make the kind of choice no man should ever have to make.
New to the series? Start with State of Anger, Book #1 of the Virgil Jones Mystery, Thriller & Suspense series.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Mr. Scott has struck gold yet again. This is my third Virgil Jones book, the third in the series, and the third one I’ve read in a single day. Once started I can’t stop. The plot twists and turns, but never without warning. One simply has to be alert to the warnings, which are often hidden and always clever.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ These “State of” novels cross genres. Never quite police procedurals, they’re better than most in the genre. They are also thrillers, and above the masses in that category as well due to the excellent character development. We actually care about the people involved. They are mysteries as well, but in this, the third in his series, the fact that it’s a mystery is indeed kept a secret until the end. I prided myself on having it all figured out with an hour of reading time left – until I realized that wasn’t the case at all. I wish he could bottle that stuff and sell it. I’d buy a case or five. It’s that good.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Witty and engaging writing get me every time. Character development is probably as good as it gets. Jones and his family, friends and associates are the good guys, they’ve just got some mud on their shoes. Kind of like real life. The bad guys almost always have some decent aspect to their characters, even if it’s insufficient for redemption. Again, kind of like in real life. I found myself repeatedly saying quietly, Yeah, I can see that happening.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I would have no qualms against putting State of Control up against any of the major authors and novels in the same genre. The storytelling is fast paced, exciting, and filled with twists and turns that keep you engaged and hungry for more, especially during the single biggest plot twist I have ever come across in a mystery novel. I look forward to the next iteration in the series.