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It should have been simple, this finding the next-of-kin. But for Officer Cody Byrne the explosion that injures the Shakespeare professor is more than suspicious. So begins the unraveling of a man’s life, a man’s secrets, his loves and birthright, as Cody follows his trail to Washington, DC, then London, trying to glean something of his shadowed past from the Renaissance documents he left behind.

It begins in Montana, but soon takes her on a global journey, as well as a psychic one, after an Iraq tour as an Army Reservist leaves her shaken. Eager that no one finds out about her PTSD, she toughs it out, even while grieving for her brother lost in Afghanistan. A challenge coin he left behind is another mystery, the blank side and the side that says: PLAN X: Always with you, Wherever you go. Cody’s journey takes her back to the family she hardly knows, and the surprising revelations of a professor’s past.

PLAN X is available from Amazon.


PLAN X is both thrilling and sophisticated. In a serpentine story that races from small-town Montana to the vaulted halls of Windsor Castle, nothing is as it seems, including the works of the great Shakespeare himself. Former military and current police officer Cody Byrne is unforgettable– a heroine you want to root for. I love this book! –New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author J. Carson Black

“Exciting, spellbinding and riveting. One of the best crime/mystery novels I have ever read and I’ve read a lot of them. The action begins in the first chapters and continues up to the end.” — Ruth Ann Hixson, Book Pleasures blogger

“A thrilling police procedural as Iraqi war veteran turned police officer Cody Byrne investigates the death of a Montana professor who may have been hiding one of the biggest secrets in academia–or perpetuating one of the biggest frauds–one that could scandalize the royal family of Great Britain. An entertaining read!” — Robin Burcell, award-winning author of THE BLACK LIST


Rory Tate is a penname for Lise McClendon, author of ten novels including Blackbird Fly (2009) and Jump Cut (2011). She lives in Montana.