The Latest from Daniel Harris
In this final installment of the Russell Riley trilogy, Riley has become the CEO of Food Basket, and learns that Galetti Supermarkets is for sale. What could be easier than acquiring a business where he had toiled for thirty years? What indeed!
Start with twenty-five thousand employees going on strike, shutting down a four billion-dollar business as seventy-one Galetti stores are plunged into darkness.
Add two murders that count him as a person of interest, and enter Diane Dunbar, a one-time lover turned elite nemesis, trying to wreck his plan to unite these two food entities and vie for market leadership.
The negative economic effect of the strike brings the Attorney General and the Governor to Riley’s office. Clearly, with two unsolved murders, the Attorney General is not making a social call, but surprisingly, the Governor is—one that could yank Riley away to a new and unexpected, unrelated career.
As a 32-year veteran of Procter & Gamble, Daniel Harris spent the majority of his career calling on Food Industry customers. With his experience in the industry and a passion for action and suspense, he's delivered multiple novels of intrigue.
He was born in Boston just before Pearl Harbor and spent his summers on Cape Cod working at his grandmother's restaurant. Daniel was an outstanding athlete and a hard-working student who earned a four-year scholarship to the University of Virginia where he majored in English. After being recruited by Procter& Gamble working multiple management roles, he used his knowledge of the industry to bring a fictional series of family, power, and money providing tension-crackling suspense.
Daniel is now retired and lives on the South Shore of Boston with his wife of 40-plus years, Joy. In addition to Dan's three novels: Blood Feud (2012), Capital Crimes (2001) Goodbye Dearie (1999) two of his short stories have been published: "The Closer", Alembic, Providence College Literary Magazine, 2012. " The Cowboy", Folly Magazine, December 2011.
The philandering CEO of Food Basket, an 80-store chain headquartered in Providence, is murdered in the living room of his tiny East Side estate. Enter Russell Riley. He is offered the CEO job at Food Basket and accepts it. Russell discovers that financial transparency and accountability are replaced by financial malfeasance and corruption. Murder, money laundering, intrigue, betrayal and greed snare even Riley as he becomes a person of interest to police Captain Alan Cummings and Assistant D.A. Donna Mitchner, whom we root for to ensnare the shadowy, shrewd career criminals. Buckle up and climb aboard for Russell Riley's ride of a lifetime in the sequel to Blood Feud, Checked out!
Read The Book That Started It All
This simple story begins with an immigrant grocer selling vegetables from a pushcart and ends in a court case with two billion dollars at risk. Two brothers, sons of the founder, inherit equal shares of a burgeoning food chain. One dies, and his widow, suspecting that she is being short-changed from profits earned, sues to recover.
Now it becomes complicated. The author, an insider with over thirty years working in the food industry, spins a yarn of a twisting, turning labyrinth that features a love tryst, intrigue, betrayal, and greed.
The characters and dialogue are real, authentic, and they draw you from the printed page into the middle of this fast-moving action. Russell Riley is the highest-ranking non-family member of this company and it's his job to protect and grow the business while the two families duke it out in court. But even he can't stay entirely above the fray because he owns stock that could provide the swing vote for control.
If you are in the mood for an insider's take on a nasty and vitriolic family food fight that ended in a celebrated court case, Blood Feud is it!
What Readers Are Saying
Jim Campanini, Editor of Lowell Sun Newspaper
Russell Riley is the type of book character who sort of grows on you. The grocery store chain “fixer” returns in another Daniel C. Harris romp through the produce aisles in Checked Out , where a mysterious murder puts Riley at center stage — and in danger — as he uncovers the unseemly truth about Food Basket’s slow slide into financial oblivion. Like he did in the first book of Harris’ burgeoning series, Blood Feud, Riley’s turn-around talents deliver results. But the real question is: At what cost will Riley’s success impact friends, family and even himself?