Buddy Lock enters Los Angeles’s heart of darkness where murder is nowhere near the worst sin a man can commit.


Tucker keeps the tension high. Readers will look forward to Buddy’s next action-packed outing.
Publishers Weekly
The Holdouts keeps you on the edge of your seat from the very first page to the nail-biting finale. Buddy Lock is a hero to root for.
Marti Green, author of the #1 Amazon best-seller Unintended Consequences
The Holdouts has everything that you could want in a police thriller: a unique and compelling hero in NYPD homicide detective Buddy Lock, a mystery that unveils corruption among Manhattan’s rich and powerful, and a twisty, violent ending. Tucker’s story builds up a powerful momentum that will keep readers turning the pages late into the night. Highly recommended.
Reece Hirsch, author of the Chris Bruen series
An addictive page-turner with nonstop action, The Holdouts deftly weaves a story of secrets, corruption, and the captivating allure of power. Running beneath the thrilling mystery is the thread of family—and the sacrifices needed to keep them safe. You’re rooting for the compelling Buddy Lock all the way to the heart-pounding finale that has enough twists and turns to keep you guessing to the end.
Brianna Labuskes, Amazon bestselling author of It Ends With Her
In The Holdouts, James Tucker crafts a story as complex as his characters. With nuanced attention to detail, unexpected twists and turns, and an unforgettable ending, Tucker’s latest Buddy Lock thriller is a tour de force.
Brian Andrews, WSJ bestselling coauthor of the TIER ONE series.

The Buddy Lock series continues in The Holdouts, a breathtaking thriller of power, corruption and murder.

Ocean Black

In OCEAN BLACK: A Buddy Lock Thriller, a killer records his murder of America’s Sweetheart, the Oscar-winning actress Kate Swann. The killer appears to be a terrorist, but appearances deceive everyone except former star NYPD detective Buddy Lock.

Near Kate Swann’s house in the wealthy Los Angeles enclave of Pacific Palisades, Buddy Lock lives in a house rented by his wealthy brother, Ward Mills. Once a child prodigy at the piano, Buddy earns money playing at a local restaurant. He’s working to recover not only his emotional equilibrium, but also his fiancée and adopted son who remain in New York.

Minutes after Kate Swann’s death, Buddy Lock sees his beautiful neighbor threatened by a man holding a strange and terrifying weapon. After saving her, he soon realizes that he’s fought Kate Swann’s killer. From that moment, he must keep his neighbor and her daughter safe despite the killer’s growing ruthlessness. Knowing he needs help, he calls Ward Mills, who brings his own skills and firepower.

As Buddy investigates and is himself under suspicion by the local police, he begins to wonder if he should trust his beautiful neighbor. Are the murders no more than a terrible smokescreen for something the killer must find?

It all began with Ben…

A New Year’s Eve celebration begins with the pop of a champagne cork—and ends with the bone-chilling sreams of a killer’s victims…
Meet the Next of Kin »

Once a prodigy at the piano, Detective Buddy Lock walked away from Carnegie Hall and now uses his talent to solve crimes, becoming the NYPD’s most accomplished and unique homicide detective. He’s tuned in to clues nobody else even recognizes.

Still haunted by one mistake that cost an innocent girl her life, Lock now risks all to make amends, to survive his private hell, and to protect his new family. It’s the reason he can never stop working to mete out justice—and punishment—on the streets of New York City.

Part Harry Hole, part Jack Ryan, Lock delivers.
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Buddy Lock, et. al. is a fictional character and © 2016 James Tucker.
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