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SUBMITTED PHOTO:  - Lake Oswego accountant Mike Larson has released the second book in a series featuring Jake Brand. Larson writes under the pen name M. Louis.

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Lake Oswego accountant Mike Larson will release his second novel, “Secondhand Smoke,” on Oct. 15. The book is a sequel to “Angel’s Devil,” which Larson — writing under the pen name M. Louis — self-published in February 2015.

In the new book, the main characters — private investigator Jake Brand and his best friend and assistant, Sarah — find themselves running for their lives after accepting their latest client.

The synopsis of the book reads: “Deception fueled by money begins when a newlywed throws down serious cash for Jake to find her missing husband. Violence follows when Jake and Sarah discover the couple is connected to a hacker who colors outside the lines, a beautiful pharmaceutical sales rep, a slimy cop who can’t take a punch, and a federal agent bent on hiding the truth. They all know too much — and soon enough, so do Jake and Sarah.”

Larson fashioned Brand after James Rockford of “The Rockford Files” and Thomas Magnum of “Magnum, P.I.”

An avid reader who spent more time critiquing the works of some well-known authors than he did getting lost in their prose, Larson began writing 30-45 minutes each morning about two years ago. He became so engrossed with writing that he started dreaming of words and phrases at night. He shared his writing with friends, who felt his writing had possibilities, and then engaged an editor to sharpen characters and improve language and grammar.

Larson said in a February interview that his biggest challenge was creating different personalities for the characters. Another big challenge is limiting the amount of time he spends writing each day.

“I love doing it,” he said. “You read about how authors who do it for a living have different writing patterns, but they all agree that to be successful you have to write every day. I find it creative, I love turning a phrase, but I have to remember it’s not my real job. I have to limit myself.”

The book is available for purchase online at mlouisbooks.com. Larson is donating 20 percent of all sales to Trillium Family Services.

Larson is working on two other books in the series.