Blurb: When FBI agent Mateo Hachman took the undercover assignment, he knew the risks. Infiltrate the Proveedores Consortium and bring down the inner circle.
It took almost five years and he gathered enough evidence to bring down Demarco Sanchez the head of the Proveedores as well as over a dozen high level members.
When henchman Abraham Garceau was sentenced for multiple counts of murder, he swore he’d find a way to torture Mateo until he begged to die.
Eight years later, Mateo had a new name, new career, and new life. In those eight years, he never stopped looking over his shoulder; never let his defenses slip, and never got close to anyone. Until he met Isaac Konners. Konners was everything Mateo wanted in a partner. Getting close to Isaac though, would mean breaking his personal vow and endangering an innocent person. Yet Isaac wormed his way into Mateo’s heart, took hold, and wouldn’t let go.
Several weeks after Garceau escaped from a prisoner transport van, a video played on every news channel. A close-up of Garceau looking into the camera filled the screen. “This video is for one person and one person only – Mateo Hachman. I promised I’d get you no matter how long it took and now that I’m free of that f*cked up prison and those bullsh*t guards; I intend to keep my promise.”
Suddenly Mateo was pulled into the worst nightmare he could have imagined. Did he know where to look? Did he know Mateo’s new name? What about his new looks? And what about Isaac? How could he protect Isaac from that lunatic?
Interview: JC: There are quite a few questions that our readers want answered. I’ve whittled them down to a reasonable number, so here goes. Would you describe yourself as an optimist?
Scott: As Mateo, I was an optimist. As Scott, I am developing my optimism the more I am in this new life..
JC: What is your biggest failure to date?
Scott: There are two. As Mateo it was how my parents finding out that I was gay and disowning me. I was a naive young man and didn’t realize that my parents were so hard nosed about homosexuality. I found out the hard way.
JC: and the second?
Scott: My second failure was underestimating my roll in the Sanchez sting. I had always thought that I would simply testify against the cartel and go back to my life. That was overly optimistic and stupid when anyone thinks about the sting that I was part of. Now as Scott, my life is very different from when I was Matteo. Now, my goal is to stay safe and never be found.
JC: Describe your biggest successes
Scott: As Matteo, I got my bachelors degree in architectural studies, got my masters in political science, and snagged a great job with the FBI. I worked my way up the ranks and was chosen for a high value sting operation. I spent five years of my life getting into the cartel and finding out every one of their operations. I almost singlehandedly brought the cartel down and was rewarded handsomely, both financially as well as with praise, praise that no one would know about, but it was still worth it.
As Scott, it was learning to be an entirely different person than Matteo. My face is so different than it was that I often look in the mirror and have to think hard to remember what I used to look like. I learned to be a new person, loved my job, and grew in the university ranking. I received tenure and was granted a permanent position with the school.
JC: What was your biggest trauma?
Scott: Seeing myself when the bandages were removed. I was a different person and it took a long time to stop mourning the loss of Matteo. I never stopped mourning Patrick.
JC: Describe your childhood dreams
Scott: I dreamed of the outdoors and thought I’d enjoy being a Forrest Ranger or similar. But as I grew older I decided that I’d enjoy working in some form of criminal environment. Not a cop or detective, but maybe CIA, NS, FBI. As an agent, I knew I’d get a lot of travel and that my life would always be exciting.
JC: That’s interesting. You can imagine my next question. With your childhood dreams in mind, what are your current dreams?
Scott: Wow, my life has changed so much since those childhood dreams. I did become an FBI agent and certainly did have an extremely interesting life. That is all over now. I wake daily wondering if someone will find out the truth. Will I be discovered? My current dream is to live as Scott Wittier without fear. I want a partner, but am not sure if that would be wise. I don’t want to hurt anyone else like I did as Matteo
JC: You don’t really think that Patrick’s death was your fault, do you?
Scott: If not mine then whose fault was it? I was way too naive to think that the cartel would not take revenge. Yeah, Patrick died because of my stupidity and I don’t want that to happen again.
JC: Would you care to share some of your hobbies and interests with our readers?
Scott: Oh wow, the list is very long. As I mentioned, language is high on the list. Architecture, design, political stuff, but not politics specifically.
Anything outdoors: skiing, biking, camping, hiking, mountain climbing, photography, sex in the wild, swimming especially in the ocean or a huge lake. kayaking and some water sports, too (but not in the bedroom) These hobbies helped me get into Sancez’s inner circle. That was one reason I chose to live in Golden Colorado. I have access to literally everything on my list and more.
JC: Thanks for putting up with my questions. In our reader survey, many people wanted to know t what if anything you would change in your life?
Scott: Duhh. I’d like the entire world of Matteo to go away so I can live my life without fear.
JC: Wow, that is a big and I’m sure our readers will understand. Thanks for your time. Our readers want me to have a chat with Isaac, too. Do you think he would be willing to sit down and answer their questions.
Scott: He’s a shy guy and doesn’t like being in the spotlight, but I’m sure you could talk him into a one-on-one chat.
JC: Thanks again Scott.
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