New Market man pens new detective novel -- Gazette.Net


A New Market man released a new detective book this month.

Charles Salter of New Market wrote “The eBay Plot,” the first book in his new detective series.

The 228-page book, which was released Dec. 4, follows the main character Brad Stout, a U.S. Army Major, as he picks up on the trail of a plot by terrorists to develop a dirty bomb.

“This is really exciting,” Slater said of the release.

The dramatization is based on a true story of how a military scientist used the online auction website eBay to foil the plot, according to a press release. Slater said the community has already responded to the book, which took him about five years on-and-off to write.

“I checked Amazon [the day of the release], and it was sold out already,” he said.

Published by Tate Publishing and Enterprises, the book is available through bookstores nationwide, as well as online through and

Much of the book is set in Frederick County, at locations such as Fort Detrick, Barley and Hops restaurant and Dutch’s Daughter restaurant in Frederick.

“I think [The eBay Plot] is a book that can be of great interest to people in this region because it’s set in this region,” Slater said.

Slater, a former vice-chairman of the NATO task group of radiation countermeasures, also wrote “The eBay Code,” the second volume in the series set to be released next year. He also recently submitted the third book in the series for editing.

A book signing event will be held from 1-3 p.m. Jan. 12 at Dublin Roasters Coffee — 1708 N. Market St. — for the new book.