The Imperial Connection by Edward and Anne Charles
Approx. 87,090 words.
Published on April 10, 2012.
Recently retired Air Force Intel officer Mike Foley discovers the guy who took a bullet for him during the Gulf War may be a homeless guy living in a small desert town. He leaves Chicago to find him. After arriving he finds a local, and very beautiful woman, who aids the homeless. They locate "Homeless Rick." To their surprise, the next morning he's found drowned in one of the irrigation canal