Richard V. Rupp is an author of adult-oriented crime novels. His first novel in the FBI Special Agent Hartmann series Death & Taxes received excellent reviews and won the Independent Book Publishers Association, Benjamin Franklin Silver Award for Best New Voice in Fiction.
Prior to writing crime fiction, Dick was an internationally recognized lecturer, writer, and published author on the subjects of insurance and risk management. He was born in Santa Monica, California and grew up in a Hollywood movie industry family. He served in the Army Reserve where he was assigned to the Army Finance Corp. His business career led him to the commercial insurance industry, where he became an executive that specialized in developing new insurance products and risk financing concepts. His forte was research, writing, and designing risk management and risk funding products to be used by major corporations. His positions allowed him to travel the world, including frequent trips to London, Bermuda, and the Cayman Islands.
Dick lives in Burbank, California.
Death on the High Seas
When FBI Special Agent Dick Hartmann is invited to enjoy a free vacation on a cruise hosted by an insurance company, he jumps at the chance. After inviting his friend and fellow agent, Coleen Ryan, to come along, Hartmann boards the Pacific Wonder without any idea that he is about to once again become immersed in a brutal crime. When a murder occurs aboard the cruise ship, Hartmann and Coleen soon realize that all the ship’s passengers are linked in some fashion. One of the passengers happens to be the attractive head of a Mexican drug cartel whose path crossed with that of Hartmann and his squad in a previous case.
As the investigation moves from the ship to San Francisco, New York, the Cayman Islands, Europe, and India, Hartmann and his team of experts soon realize there is much more to the case than a brutal murder, including international money laundering and lust. As their professional relationship leads to much more, Hartmann and Coleen must race against time to solve the case. Will they be successful or will their investigation remain open forever, leaving a murderer free to strike again?
“Death on the High Seas” is a continuation of the “FBI Special Agent Hartmann Series” that shows readers that crime has become an international business that is sophisticated and difficult to control across so many nations because some drug cartels have greater resources than any one country's law enforcement. Dick's first novel in the series "Death & Taxes" won the Benjamin Franklin, Best New Voice in Fiction Silver Award.
Death & Taxes2015
Rupp's Insurance & Risk Management Glossary - 2nd Edition1996
Rupp's Insurance & Risk Management Glossary1991
Awards and Recognition
- Death & Taxes received the 2016 Benjamin Franklin Silver Award for Best New Voice in Fiction, and favorable reviews from a number of reviewers including Kirkus Reviews.