A classic Hard-Boiled mystery in the style of Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett and Mickey Spillane. Lou Rizzo is a private eye with a drinking problem. He barely scratches out a living catching wayward husbands. Not very glamorous, but it pays the bills. When his best friend dies in a suspicious accident, the victim’s family asks him to investigate. He reluctantly agrees and soon finds himself drawn into a web of lies and intrigue. Add to that, someone is trying to kill him. To solve the case, he must conquer his personal demons, sort out the clues and stay alive.
A dead society is a polite society in this Future Noir tale of double-dealing, greed and love at first sight.
Murder is obsolete now that LifeEnders Inc. is in on the scene. Only assassins of the highest moral and ethical caliber receive the coveted License to Kill issued to associates of the world’s first murder-for-hire corporation. But when human frailty rears its ugly head all bets are off.
Told in legacy style of Dashiel Hammett and Raymond Chandler, with a heaping helping of Mickey Spillane, the hero could be Sam Spade, Philip Marlowe or Mike Hammer, while the dame could be Lauren Bacall, Joan Crawford or Barbara Stanwyck. Come back to the days of fast action and snappy dialogue, when men were men and women led them around by the nose.
Disturbed by the death of a suspect in a recent case, Qigiq— Fairbanks detective and master knifeman—heads south to partner with action-loving Kandy Dreeson of the SFPD. Their first case immerses them in the most complex cyber-crime of the decade when missing college musician appears on YouTube.
“A thoughtful, well-constructed tale.”–Kirkus Reviews
Greed, Sex, Murder, and Superheroes
Blackmailing the world’s first superhero can be deadly
Jack Story is a Private Detective in a city full of superheroes.
Aging WWII super solider Major Victory is being blackmailed. The Major’s granddaughter, the apple of his eye, is an unwitting star of a sex tape. If the Major doesn’t pay up, the world gets to see what his little darling gets up to at night. The Major wants Jack to make the blackmail stop. Preferably with lots of pain being inflicted on the blackmailer.
Jack takes the job.
But when Jack starts digging into the case things turn deadly. There is an explosion downtown that levels a concrete building and kills a young superhero. it was no accident. Someone planted a bomb. The grand daughter insists the bomb was really meant her and not her best friend.
That same friend shows up in Jack’s office hours after the explosion, claiming she was the target all along. She demands that Jack find out who’s responsible before disappearing into the night.
Can Jack find who is behind the blackmail and the bombing before others die? Can Jack survive telling his client?
Sometimes being a detective in a city full of superheroes can be Hell.
Ned Flynn has spent half of his life in jail. Now he has decided to go straight. Feared by those who have crossed him, in his mother’s eyes he can do no wrong. Yet during an ad hoc visit home, he finds her in a bad way. He feels guilty leaving her like this, but he needs money to do the right thing.
Then his luck changes, thanks to local businessman, Mason, who hires him to bring back his wayward wife. Yet like everything in Flynn’s life, things don’t go to plan. Not only does he fall for Mason’s wife Nia, but he’s haunted by her dead lover’s ghost.
Is Flynn’s losing his mind, and is Nia on his side, or is she the femme fatale everyone says she is?
A gripping psychological noir thriller in the tradition of James M. Cain and Jim Thompson.
But Burnside, the former football star turned private investigator, pushes forward into an investigation that reveals more and more possible culprits, all with their own motives. With little more to go on than his gut feeling, Burnside pokes at everything around him as he tries to untangle a web of deceit that threatens to take down an entire community.
Fade Route is set on the outskirts of Los Angeles, in a seaside town that is both serenely pretty and brutally stark. It is a community that is home to the very rich and the very poor, a place that contains more than its share of affluence and beauty, as well as sin and despair. The story combines all the elements of a classic mystery, and delivers biting humor and numerous plot twists. It is a page turner that will keep the reader guessing until the jaw dropping climax reveals an ending that is both shocking and satisfying.
The story leads Private Investigator Burnside onto the trail of some people who will do anything to acquire money — and they will use any means necessary to keep it. And as he plunges into the investigation, Burnside also has to make a life altering decision about his own future.
Interweaving the world of business with the world of football, Bubble Screen is set in the heart of Los Angeles. It is a captivating thrill ride that combines fascinating characters, wry humor, and an explosive ending that is both stunning and unexpected.