The Payout–a new thriller by Bryan Cassiday

A distressed young woman falls under the spell of a homicidal maniac and becomes his partner in murder in this disturbing psychological thriller.

Pondering suicide sitting on a Malibu dock one night after running away from home, doe-eyed young Mina Deerling meets smooth-talking Gage Catton, who is trying to load his wife’s body, which is wrapped in a blanket, onto his boat. When Catton finds out to his shock that his wife is still alive in the blanket, he talks the distraught Mina into helping him finish her off with his knife. Together they put out to sea and, miles from shore, toss his wife’s body overboard with an anchor bound to it.

Mina learns that Catton faked his death a year ago and was trying to collect his half of the life insurance payout from his wife when he discovered she had double-crossed him and absconded with all of the money for herself.

Now Catton wants that money, and he’ll do anything to get it, including using Mina to help him achieve his goal in a psychopathic relationship that forces Mina to confront the horrors that lurk in the darkest corners of her mind in a nerve-racking voyage of self-discovery.

Available for preorder at Amazon.

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Shades of Blue

This show has potential.  The shades of blue in the title refer to the shades of moral quality found in the main characters.  Jennifer Lopez and Ray Liotta both play corrupt New York City cops.  Despite being corrupt, they are both cops and do their jobs, even if they stretch to law to do them.  The FBI discover that Lopez is corrupt and coerce her into trapping Liotta, so they can bust him.  Reluctantly, Lopez does as she’s told because she doesn’t want her daughter to grow up on her own while her mother is behind bars.  Lopez is always busy.  When she isn’t trying to trap Liotta, she’s fooling around with other women’s boyfriends.  Another one of her shades of blue morality.  Ray Liotta is volcanic as the corrupt cop with an explosive temper and keeps the show interesting.