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Anthony wrote his first book in 2013, "Kent Rivers - The Story." Before the book, he spent nearly a lifetime as an investigator.  His favorite years were those spent as the chief of county detectives. He worked the last part of his public career in a special violent offender and sex offender unit for the State of Tennessee, until he retired from public service in 2011.  His latest book, "Crimsoned Corruption" was completed in November of 2015.

When it comes to solving a crime, Kent Rivers is confident, relentless, and in charge. In this story, Chief Detective Kent Rivers and the investigators from Chattanooga, Tennessee, start tracking a trio traveling from Florida to Ohio, after a body is found along I-75. The threesome consists of a convicted felon, a grieving drifter, and a young runaway girl. Each one faces their struggles between right and wrong, as they find themselves tangled in a web of danger, heartache, and death. Investigators from several jurisdictions discover the aftermath of their crimes and destruction, not knowing they are seeking the same perpetrators. Chief Detective Kent Rivers and his team take the driver's seat as they pursue the offenders. Piece by piece, each investigator uses their particular talents to collect the evidence, close the gap, and end the crime spree. Each member of the trio must make a decision to seek redemption or to continue down their dark and gloomy paths. Learn how the tall, dark, green-eyed, and handsome, Kent Rivers balances his tough job as the chief detective with his personal life of love, loss, and new beginnings.

Bobby Owens was a well known, well respected, and well-liked member of the State House of Tennessee. When his wife, Patricia, unwittingly discovers his connections to the Dixie Mafia, her life is changed forever. She decided that it was too dangerous to remain in her home, so she vanished without telling a soul. Her worse fears came true when she realized the magnitude of the far-reaching power and resources of the Dixie Mafia. Patricia reached out for help to Chief Kent Rivers from Chattanooga. Rivers and his investigators are frustrated when Patricia is kidnapped right from under their noses. Things seem to get worse before they get better for the crime fighters. They learned just how willing, ready, and able the Dixie Mafia bosses were to resort to violence. Patricia Owens found herself alone, and face to face with the worse of, the worse, cold-blooded, hardened criminals. As she faced certain death, Patricia found an unlikely ally, but would the help be enough to save her life?

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by Anthony Benefield

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Kent Rivers Novels

By Anthony K. Benefield