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book-hock-blood-rust-lOnce an NYPD detective, Rusty was a rising rock star in the Organized Crimes Unit. Then, Mob members and corrupt cops lured Rusty to Grant’s Tomb and shot him in the head.

The detective in Rusty died. The meat puppet Rusty is all that remains, a brain damaged, paranoid, criminal, psychopath terrorizing the streets of Newark, New Jersey.

Now, years later, Alphonso “The Crepe hanger,” one of the hit men who lured Rusty to Grant’s Tomb, reveals the old China Doll case Rusty solved was an elaborate con, executed by the Mob in an international drug smuggling conspiracy. Soon the State of Connecticut will execute Steverino Downing, the man convicted, for a crime he didn’t commit. And shooting Rusty was the Mob’s way of clearing up loose ends.

This news ignites something deep in Rusty’s exploded brain. He must find a way to free Downing. His obsession leads him to the Freedom Science Foundation, a group run by the internationally renowned Dr. Sad Prevell and Peter, a former SAS South African commando.   Rusty’s quest will take him from New York to the shipyards of South Africa and Shanghai.

Can Rusty nail the pieces of his shattered mind back together? Can he beat the Mafia, corrupt cops, a Chinese Triad and Somalia pirates in time to save Downing’s life, and still somehow redeem his own?

BLOOD RUST is available from Amazon.


“The story is told in the first person narrative vividly crafted by the author to allow readers to hear Rusty’s voice and understand his every move. The graphic descriptions of the many incidents, the violent actions allow readers to feel engaged in the story, part of what the characters are going through and create a mental picture in their mind of the events. This book is definitely worth reading as the messages are loud and clear when certain choices are made we often have no choice but to live with the consequences. Rusty at times seems to have no conscience or remorse for his actions this comes through each time he takes down those that caused him to be in the situation he is now. A very explosive book and definitely one that leaves room for a sequel.” – Fran Lewis, USA

“My brother just read Hock’s new book and thoroughly enjoyed it. His enthusiasm couldn’t be beat. He said Hock is a kick, and the book is a real thriller. He loves everything Hock writes and always asks when the next book will be ready? He is one satisfied customer! He was laughing and talking about it so much that I’m going to read it. Thanks Hock for making my brother so happy!” – Mary Ann Sosebee, USA


W. Hock Hochheim is a former U.S. Army investigator and Texas police investigator, patrol officer and a former private investigator in Texas.  He currently owns and operates an international combatives training company and teaches in 11 allied countries around the world.  He is the author of 10 non-fiction books and countless articles on policing, the military, street survival, close quarter combat and conflict psychology. My Gun is My Passport, his fourth novel won the Beverly Hills Book Award in 2013 for Best Military Fiction.  He lives in Allen, Texas.