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Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Heel Turn by Kevin R. Doyle - Book Tour - Guest Post - Giveaway - Enter Daily!

Hey, lovelies!!  It gives me great pleasure today to host Kevin R. Doyle and his new book, “Heel Turn,” here on FAB!!  For other stops on his Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour, please click on the banner above or any of the images in this post.

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Heel Turn

by Kevin R. Doyle


GENRE:  Mystery



Released from prison for one murder, only to be arrested for a second, Sheila Hampton has no one to turn to save Sam Quinton, local private eye, who sets out to prove her innocence and uncover the knot of corruption that entangled its victim for over two decades.



The do-gooder organization must have found something because they somehow managed to get an emergency hearing in front of the state appeals court and, not too long after, the appellate court overturned her conviction and ordered a new trial, at least nominally setting Sheila free after over two decades of incarceration.

Exactly six days later, Bernie Lyman sauntered into my gym and offered me some work.


“What news?” I asked.

“You’ve heard of Robert Harris, right?”

“Sure. The DA who prosecuted Hampton back when. So what?”

“Former prosecutor.” Bernie’s eyes were practically dancing in their sockets. “He got quite the splash for the Hampton trial, eventually made it up to Executive Assistant, then retired a few years back.”

“Wasn’t he a sure thing for the top job at some point?” I asked.

Bernie shrugged. “Everyone thought so, but he never went for it.”

“So what’s your point?”

“The point, my boy, is that six days ago Sheila’s conviction was overturned, the conviction brought about, primarily, through the efforts of former ADA Harris.”

“Uh huh.” I felt a sinking feeling in my gut that I was about to hear something bad.

“And this morning, Sheila was arrested for Harris’s murder.”



The character of Sam Quinton, private detective and former pro wrestler, originated from a couple of different sources. Some years back, I had just wrapped up the original sequel to The Group, titled When You Have to Go There. In between, I wrote my “weird creatures eating homeless people” horror novel, The Litter. This made two suspense procedurals and one grim horror novel in a row, and I was considering trying something a little lighter.

I thought of trying my hand at writing a private eye novel, a genre I enjoy reading, but at first couldn’t really think of any particular angle that sounded fresh. At the same time, by this point I’d been living in Columbia, Missouri, for around fifteen years and for a while had been playing with the notion of writing some sort of story featuring a fictionalized version of CoMo (as the locals call it). Thus, I had these two vague ideas in mind but nothing to really tie them together.

About a third of the way through that particular school year, a cluster of our senior boys suddenly became consumed by professional wrestling. It seemed almost over night that that’s all they wanted to talk about. (Then again, my senior year all of my coterie developed an obsession with Scooby Doo, so who am I to talk.)

One day, I was in the main office going over some paperwork, and two or three of these guys were also in there, going on and on about some wrestling program on TV the night before. As they were talking, one of my favorite PI series, the Spenser books by Robert B. Parker, popped into my head. In the Parker books, Spenser is an ex-boxer and former state police officer.

Now three things began coming together, and by the end of the day I had an idea for what seemed the most outlandish, off-the-wall possibility for a series. A retired pro wrestler who owns a local gymnasium and works part-time as a detective (emphasis on outlandish, not realistic). And why not set the work in a thinly-fictionalized version of Columbia, which means I would have a fully-fleshed out community all set to go.

As wild as the original premise was, I didn’t want to go in the direction of slapstick or satire. I wanted it to be as down-to-earth as possible (well, within the conventions of the genre at any rate) and at the same time have a little fun with the community that, at the time, had been my home for over a decade and a half.

About one year and 60,000 words later, I completed Squatter’s Rights. It has since been followed by Heel Turn and Double Frame, and this week I sent in the final edited copy of book number four, Clean Win. (Rather proud of that because I’ve never had a series go to four books before, and I’m currently committed to at least two more.)

All in all, as I look back on it I think I owe a little bit of gratitude to those students who overnight became obsessed with something as silly as pro wrestling.

Please note that I feel I owe them gratitude, not royalties.



A high-school teacher, former college instructor and fiction writer, Kevin R. Doyle is the author of numerous short horror stories. He’s also written three crime thrillers, The Group, When You Have to Go There, and And the Devil Walks Away and one horror novel, The Litter. In the last few years, he’s begun working on the Sam Quinton private eye series, published by Camel Press. The first Quinton book, Squatter’s Rights, was nominated for the 2021 Shamus award for Best First PI Novel.  The second book, Heel Turn, was released in March of 2021, while the third in the series, Double Frame, came out in March of 2022.





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  1. This sounds like a book that would be a real page turner!

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  2. I think this book sounds like a good read.

  3. Ally, thanks for having me back. For clarity, though, Turn isn't exactly a new release. It came out last year, and I'm just now getting around to drumming up some exposure for it.