I write Suspense. Some of the stories are Mysteries.
Some are Crime novels. Some are Psychological Thrillers. I even
have Romance elements. (Did I really just admit that?) Well, I'm a bit of a romantic, so that's
that. What all the stories have is suspenseful climax scenes, often with hell's-a-poppin' action.
While we're going on about genre, let me tell you about what you are in for. Bonne Femme is a psychological thriller with
a strong but subdued romance tone. Cold Tears is a mystery that is also a tale of redemption. Canaan Camp is a straight-out
crime thriller story. Secret Song is a mystery. The King Snake is also a mystery, but also a suspense story. Call Her Sabine
is a mystery/suspense story written from outside and inside the mystery. Devilry is a straight-forward investigative mystery.
Road Shrines is a serial killer mystery. Cold Fury is another investigative mystery. The Daughter is an investigative mystery
with a courtroom ending (and a final twist).
Truth in Advertising
I have been honest in classifying
each book's genre. Now comes a warning: do not expect straight linear plots. Nor should you expect bare narration of events.
These characters have a setting. They have lives and relationships. Other things go on while the mystery/suspense is playing
itself out. Some of the books are long (over 100,000 words). So what? Electronic publishing need not worry over pounds of
paper and barrels of ink. And the reader? Does he really want a good story to be over quickly?
Along with the current case that Richard is working on, the Carters
have lives. They have little and big dramas to work through as the main story proceeds. When something happens in a story,
it may be Kafka's gun, a red herring, or simply a slice of life. So be it. The series must be told as well as the current
story. After all, our lives have many chapters. And like ours, some of the Carters' chapters are funny, some tragic, some
complained that one book had too many minor characters for her taste. Well, I'm not going to argue with her. After all, she
was good enough to read my book and review it. And in the immortal words of Doctor Hook, "Some folks like ham hocks,
and some folks like pork chops, and some folks like vegetable soup." All I can say is that each character is there for
a purpose, and they are distinct enough to keep straight.
A Note Concerning Language, Violence, and Sex
are adult themed, and are meant for adult readers. I studiously avoid explicit sex scenes and
graphic violence. I also limit the profane language to that necessary
for realistic dialog. You may be able to handle rougher stuff than this, but I can't. (My mother might read it.) Seriously,
I consider extreme profanity and overly graphic depiction as crutches. Surely the reader has
an imagination sufficient to "get the picture." Trust me. You will find the action sufficient and the dialog descriptive.
Stop where you are if you have not read Bonne Femme.
Okay. So you're reading on. The stories begin with the return on Richard Carter, an ex-Marine traumatized by
events in Somalia. Throughout the stories, he refuses to admit what is obvious to everyone around him: he suffers with (and
managers to varying degrees) PTSD. For all his experiences, Richard is naive. Flashbacks and horrible dreams plague him on
and off. What really haunts him, however, is something that happened to him in Africa, something he insists on remembering
as something he did, something he cannot forgive himself for. He is, however, stronger than he thinks.
Belbenoit is a French girl attending college in Michigan. Her American ex-pat grandfather came from the area. (Her fate is
what Bonne Femme is all about.) Jill is an extremely intelligent woman who is tougher and much more intuitive than Richard.
They get married at the end of Bonne Femme. (I warned you about spoilers.)
The rest of the stories are played out(approximately one a
year) as the Carters develop as life partners and friends. At the end of the third story, Mirabelle is born. Along with each
story, the story of the Carter family grows. As you read about them, remember the yin and yang, the male and female strengths
(and weaknesses). These two need each other.
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