The General's Briefcase
What happens when domestic terrorists steal a blueprint for how to destroy key targets in the United States?
The contest between two women:
One seeking revenge on an America she believes wronged her family and one striving to live down the scandal that got her fired from the CIA.
A suspenseful search for terrorists ranges across the US and Europe.
Motive for Murder
What happens when conflict between two families in Taiwan 30 years earlier leads to murder?
Coming December 2023
About the Author
Ray Collins grew up in the Midwest, attended Yale, and was drafted as an Army combat infantryman during his junior year. He married Betty Ann when mustered out of the service. Ray attended Princeton, where Betty Ann had twins (Jim and Ann) and he earned an MPA. Joining State as a foreign service officer, his first assignment was Manila, Philippines where Betty Ann had their third child (Nori). He became a Japanese language and East Asia specialist during his second assignment in Japan, where their fourth child (Susan) was born.
coming june 2023
The General’s Briefcase
When General Winston invites a beautiful woman to his hotel room in Tysons, Virginia, he expects a romantic sexcapade. Dana Hussein al-Sadi turns the tables, assassinates the general, and steals his briefcase containing a blueprint for terrorism. Dana’s elite terrorist cell travels to Europe to acquire suitcase nuclear weapons from the Russian Mafia. Jolene Martin, author of the report, is picked by Alex Werth (who initially suspects her of having shot the general) to be co-leader of the team responsible for finding Winston’s killer and stopping the impending disaster. The search for the terrorists and the missing bombs comes to focus on the Eastern United States, particularly the greater Washington, DC area. In the climax, the conflict between Dana and Jolene is resolved at her horse farm in rural Virginia.
Coming December 2023
Motive for Motive
Motive for Murder is a classic serial killer thriller. Rookie detective Hana Brown is assigned a gruesome murder of a female Asian by the Fairfax County Police Department in the mistaken belief it is a routine gang killing. The new Chief of Police proudly announces Hana’s role to the media to profit from news coverage of how she was wounded in Chinatown when her detective father was assassinated by drug dealers. By the time FCPD realizes the victim is the first of a series of homicides of Chinese American women with notes signed Jack the Ripper, it’s too late to replace Hana. An FBI agent detailed to Fairfax is chosen as her deputy, despite his protests, and endorses the belief a serial killer is the culprit. A news reporter who attracts Hana’s romantic interest advances a competing theory that political intrigue is the true motive behind the murders.
Articles by Ray Collins
White Supremacy’s Resurgence – Implications for Writing Fiction
by Ray Collins, Virginia Writers Club This essay explores recent events surrounding the insurrection at the nation’s capital on January 6 with the goal of creating a context for fiction writers who seek authenticity in their work. If for nonfiction, research tops the...
Reprise of January 6
By Ray Collins The presidential election of November 2020 is more than two years behind us. Yet we are reminded of it daily as TV, newspapers, and other media broadcast the latest developments triggered by the tragedy of January 6, 2021. Some dates, in the words of...
Charlottesville and its Aftermath
by Ray Collins, Virginia Writers Club Unite the Right Rally Charlottesville, Virginia was host to a rally August 11-12, 2017 that engulfed this historic city in controversy and violence, including three fatalities and numerous other injuries. Noteworthy among the...