Monday, April 5, 2010

John L. Betcher - Mystery Author

A James Becker Mystery

By John L. Betcher

ISBN-10: 1451512716

After decades of clandestine government operations, James “Beck” Becker and his wife, Elizabeth, return to “Beck’s” childhood home to enjoy a settled retirement in the small Mississippi river town of Red Wing, Minnesota. But “settled” is a relative term and no matter where Beck goes, intrigue follows.

When Minneapolis computer genius, Katherine Whitson, disappears under peculiar circumstances, her husband exploits a sympathetic Red Wing acquaintance to encourage Beck’s aid in finding her. As it turns out, Katherine’s kidnapping is more complicated than the typical abduction, and the case taxes the Beckers’ considerable skills to their limits.
Katherine's trail leads from her luxury warehouse apartment, through her husband’s in-the-closet escapades, past the entrenched hierarchy of elite computer professionals, and to the mind-bending world inside microprocessors.

The Beckers eventually save Katherine from her abductors . . . only to learn that the husband and wife team must now use Beck's military intelligence background and Elizabeth’s code-cracking expertise to neutralize an international cyber-espionage threat . . . and to bring Katherine's captors to justice.

The author holds a Bachelor’s Degree, cum laude, in English from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Minnesota Law School in Minneapolis. He has practiced law for more than twenty-five years in the Mississippi River community of Red Wing, Minnesota. He has also been a long-time supporter and coach of youth volleyball there.

Mr. Betcher has published three feature articles in COACHING VOLLEYBALL, the Journal of the American Volleyball Coaches Association. His most recent article was the cover story for the April/May, 2009 Issue.

His book on volleyball coaching philosophies entitled THE LITTLE BLACK BOOK OF VOLLEYBALL COACHING has been selling nationwide and is currently available at

He is also an active member and writing peer coach at the Agent Query Connect writer's forum.



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