A Respectable Family Turns to a Life of Crime
Forced into bitter and boring retirement solely because of advancing age, world-renowned architect Victor Harding retreats to his bucolic lakefront estate, a majestic house once owned by notorious Chicago gangster Bugsy Moran.
He soon learns that his idyllic dream home is a house with astonishing secrets.
After a series of family catastrophes and devastating financial setbacks, and now struggling to support his fractured family and hold on to his beloved house, Victor finds himself sucked into a life of crime. Trapped in a dangerous alliance with the treacherous leader of a local crime gang, he desperately seeks a way out.
Then Bugsy Moran’s legacy reveals startling surprises which thrust Victor Harding’s life into increasingly bizarre and ever more dangerous directions.
A gold standard in more ways than one...
In this smart and stylish psychological thriller, the first in the Victor Harding Adventure Series by award-winning novelist Douglas Richardson, readers are pulled into the Harding family's life of high crimes and misdemeanors, well as the colorful characters' efforts to stay one step ahead of their pursuers...and stay alive.
Awards, Reviews, and Coverage
A "surprising ... refreshingly down-to-Earth, dramatizing in crisp, controlled language the nuts and bolts of fencing, money-laundering, and other crimes, while also developing engaging relationships between the core cast." - Publishers Weekly Booklife [Read the Full Review]
"Douglas Richardson is back with his trademark combination of grit and humor in this compelling and unconventional crime thriller that begins with a plane crash and keeps you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end. Doug has done it again, spinning a riveting story that he tells with eloquence and detail and keeping you engaged, amused, and sometimes horrified. You won’t be disappointed!" —Amanda Lamb, WRAL TV Reporter and Podcast Host, Author of the Maddie Arnette crime thrillers
"Doug Richardson has crushed it again. His second suspense thriller, Old Dogs, New Tricks, is as brilliant and startlingly original as his award-winning debut novel, Down Wind and Out of Sight. Riveting action, quirky characters and a fascinating finale―an extraordinary reading adventure. BRAVO, SIR!" —Richard Lyntton, Author of The Deception Series