Thursday, February 18, 2016

Interview with Lucas Holt from JP Ratto's 'Everything to Lose'

We’re thrilled to be talking to Lucas Holt from JP Ratto’s, Everything to Lose.  It is a pleasure to have him with us today at Pimp That Character!

Thank you for your interview, Lucas.  How old are you and what do you do for a living? 

I’m in my prime (wink) and I am a private investigator specializing in kidnap recovery.

Can you tell us about one of your most distinguishable features? 

Hmmm, I’d have to say the cleft in my chin.

What would I love the most about you? 

Let’s see, there are so many. (Wide grin) If I have to pick one, it would be that I’m a rugged type of guy, but I’m also sensitive and compassionate.

What would I hate the most about you? 

Probably my obsession with work. I won’t elaborate too much for those who haven’t read my story, but since my daughter disappeared, my work is what keeps me sane.

What is in your refrigerator right now? 

The usual staples—beer, eggs, and half ‘n half for my coffee.

What is your most treasured possession? 

A picture of my daughter, Marnie, when she was a baby. It was taken a few weeks before she was kidnapped. It’s all I have left of her.

What is your greatest fear? 

The thought that I’ll never see Marnie again terrifies me. It’s been over fifteen years, but I won’t give up hope. I have old police files and review them whenever I’m not working a case. I refuse to believe she’s gone forever. I’m determined to find her.

Do you think the author portrayed you accurately? 

Since I internalize so much, I’d have to say they did a great job fleshing me out.

What is your idea of a perfect day? 

Breakfast on the terrace of my Gramercy Park brownstone with my daughter sitting across from me.

Someone is secretly in love with you.  Who is it and how do you feel about that?

Don’t tell her, but I hope it’s Madeline Grange. She’s the sheriff in a small town in Pennsylvania. This case and I wreaked a bit havoc for her, but we worked well together—yeah we were pretty good together.

About the Authors

JP Ratto is a husband and wife collaborative writing team. EVERYTHING TO LOSE is the first of a three-book series featuring private investigator Lucas Holt.

Judy began writing full time six years ago. She attended Hofstra University’s Writing Intensive in the summer of 2010, and participated in a Hofstra-sponsored writing and critique group from 2009 to 2012. She has written an upper middle-grade fantasy adventure and a children’s mystery chapter book. Judy also does free-lance editing.

Pete Ratto, a former member of the U.S. Navy serving half his enlistment with the U.S. Marine Corp, is a retired corporate accountant and is now writing full time.
Both are avid readers of mysteries, thrillers and suspense. Active in a critique group made up of local authors, they enjoy discussions on all aspects of the craft of writing. Pete enjoys photography, writing and going to the beach. In her spare time, Judy paints watercolors and to her husband’s delight, cooks an occasional dinner. They have a son and a daughter, both grown and living in New York. Pete and 

Judy live in southern Florida with their cat, Gillian.

For More Information
About the Book:

Title: Everything To Lose
Author: JP Ratto
Publisher: Limitless Publishing
Pages: 250
Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Private investigator Lucas Holt is on a mission…
Lucas Holt specializes in kidnap recovery. Ex-Delta Force and a former NYPD detective, he has spent the last fifteen years burying himself in case files to cope with the unsolved abduction of his daughter, Marnie.
Janet Maxwell just can’t let go…
After the death of Janet’s husband and son in a tragic car accident, she hopes Holt’s expertise can locate the daughter she gave up for adoption seventeen years ago. Janet knows her actions will have explosive repercussions for the girl’s father—presidential candidate, Todd Grayson. With no family, hope of finding her only daughter is all she has left. Or is there a more sinister motive?
There’s no greater incentive for a father than protecting his daughter…
On a mission to bury the constant reminder of his failure to recover Marnie, Holt agrees to Janet’s proposal. But at what cost? When his inquiries lead to news of the death of another woman, Holt can’t shake the feeling something is off about the whole case. And when new evidence surfaces about Marnie's disappearance, his drive to recover Janet’s daughter and his own become one and the same.
Crooked candidates, hired mercenaries, bitter lovers, and his own life on the line—will Holt find it inside him to risk it all in the line of duty? There’s no telling how far you’re willing to go when you have everything to lose.
  • Everything To Lose is available at Amazon.
  • Discuss this book at PUYB Virtual Book Club at Goodreads.

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