Welcome to the Ink Heist podcast, which is devoted to dark genre fiction, featuring hosts Rich Duncan, Shane Douglas Keene, and a whole bevy of authors and other interesting guests for your listening and enlightening pleasure. We are a very irreverent, often linguistically explicit broadcast so we highly recommend you use discretion when listening around easily influenced young ones or anyone who is easily offended. We would like to thank the band Secret Smoker for allowing us to use their song “Crushed by Air” to kick-off and finish the podcast.
This week, we’re excited to welcome Kerry K. Cox to the show to celebrate the release of his latest novel, Money Bear, which is out now through Level Best Books! It’s the first book in a series that follows U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services Special Agent Nick Tanner, one of the top undercover agents in the department. In Money Bear, Tanner heads out to the Redwood Parks to assist Enforcement Ranger Kathleen Shepherd. Shepherd has been finding dead bears in the park with their paws and gallbladders missing. They suspect poachers and wildlife traffickers, but they struggle to find leads. In addition to the harvested bears, they also begin to uncover equally violent human murders. As they begin to unearth clues as to what is going on in the Redwoods, they stumble into a deadly trap that will have them fighting for their lives. Cox does an incredible job of transporting readers into the Redwoods and in addition to strong lead characters in Nick and Kathleen, Money Bear is filled with a memorable cast of supporting characters as well. It’s an addictive read that I couldn’t put down for very long and I look forward to following Nick Tanner on future cases. Cox’s fresh approach to the genre is one that is sure to hook crime fiction fans looking for something a little different.
Throughout the course of the episode, we talked about his early writing career, writing for the Disney Channel, wildlife trafficking, Money Bear, upcoming projects and so much more. We had a great time recording this episode and hanging out with Kerry We hope you guys enjoy the conversation as much as we did!