#BookReview “The Pine Barrens Stratagem: From the Case Files of Steve Rockfish” by Ken Harris

February 1-28, 2022 Virtual Book Tour


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5/5 Stars!

What a great read! Steve Rockfish is my new bestie!

A down, but never out private investigator, Rockfish isn’t an anti-hero. He also isn’t necessarily the good guy. He intends to do the right thing and sometimes, that’s by way of doing the wrong thing!

After a chilling and heartbreaking opening, the story goes full circle with Covid-19 and mandatory lockdowns leading Rockfish to take cases he would otherwise pass on. But jobs are far and few between and the repo man is coming for him.

From an eighty-year-old child trafficking case to a Covid-19 fraud case that involves… well, a little of everybody, Rockfish has to do double time to keep up and stay alive.

I’m looking forward to more of this everyman character who wants to be a high-end Magnum, would settle for a middle-class Joe Mannix, but is actually a low-end Jim Rockford… for now.





Private Investigator Steve Rockfish needs cash, like yesterday. The bad news is that yesterday, a global pandemic raged, and Maryland was headed toward a lockdown that would ultimately lead to cheating spouses no longer “working late,” and hence a lack of new clients.

Rockfish’s luck changes when a Hollywood producer reaches out, but the job is two states away and involves digging up information on a child trafficking ring from the 1940s. What he uncovers will be used to support the launch of a true crime docuseries. He grabs a mask, hand sanitizer and heads for South Jersey.

On-site, Rockfish meets Jawnie McGee, the great granddaughter of a local policeman gone missing while investigating the original crimes. As the duo uncover more clues, they learn the same criminal alliance has reformed to use the pandemic as a conduit to defraud the Federal Government of that sweet, sweet, stimulus money.

It’s not long before the investigation turns up some key intel on a myriad of illicit activity over the last eighty years and Rockfish rockets toward a showdown with the mafia, local archdiocese and dirty cops. COVID-19 isn’t the only threat to his health.

Book Details:

Genre: Crime Thriller

Published by: Black Rose Writing

Publication Date: January 27th 2022

Number of Pages: 250

ISBN: 1684338719 (ISBN13: 9781684338719)

Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads


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3 thoughts on “#BookReview “The Pine Barrens Stratagem: From the Case Files of Steve Rockfish” by Ken Harris

  1. Hi Felicia, thank you for the amazing review. I’m also happy to let you know that Steve Rockfish rides again on July 14, 2022 in the sequel – See You Next Tuesday: From the Case Files of Steve Rockfish – 2. I hope you get an opportunity to check it out.

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