When I first became a fiction writer novels were my first choice. But the market for my type of work suddenly fell through. I turned my attention to screenplay writing. With the advent of digital publishing, and a better marketplace I returned to book writing, hopefully with positive results.
88 Ways to Die
private eye/murder mystery, African American
In the year 1988, black private detective Ellis Mason finds himself swept into a wave of big time trouble. What started as a routine case of tailing an ex-con's wayward girlfriend turns into something much more sinister.
When the girl friend is murdered, and the ex-con is charged, Ellis reluctantly sets out to clear him. Ellis soon finds himself investigating a young and sexy executive secretary that's having an affair with a married congressman running for re-election, and is living far beyond her means. He creates an uneasy alliance with Brad Royce, the son of the owner of a top flight detective agency.
Ellis targets Andrea Newsome, a clever and alluring political consultant that knows a lot more about shady business deals and political corruption than she'll ever admit. Ellis and Royce must sniff out the right clues, and dodge the last bullets before the case is solved.
88 Ways to Die is a complex case, steamy sexuality, and sudden violence that brings things to a boil.
A sample of 88 Ways to Die
The Kilo Connection
cop fiction, hard-boiled, African American
Victor Nance is a Vice Squad cop working out of Gary Indiana.
Shana Gordon is from Chicago and a part of the Juvenile Division.
Henry Clayton is an ex-New York cop turned chief of police of a small Alabama town.
Ordinarily, there would be nothing to bring these three law enforcement officers together.
But Chief Clayton is facing a major crisis. One of his undercover officers was most likely murdered by a dangerous and wily up and coming drug dealer, T.J Killerbrew.
With no evidence to prove murder, Chief Clayton wants to take Killerbrew down for anything that would put him behind bars. He’s willing to recruit talent to get the job done.
Nance and Shana will ultimately accept the challenge. Their plan of attack is simple. Make a small buy, and then follow up with a larger one.
Still, complications abound, including Shana’s ambitious, prone to make mistakes personality; Nance’s crumbling marriage and growing attraction to Shana.
Killerbrew’s murderous nature, and penchant for sniffing out undercover cops can be added to the mix.
For Nance and Shana it boils down to a tense game of cat and mouse in which one slip of the tongue, or false move could have deadly consequences.
A sample of The Kilo Connection
detective, romantic suspense, African American
Angel Mandrell is a beautiful model with a penchant for helping men in distress regain their self respect.
When Angel comes up missing, ex-Chicago cop, and best-selling author, George Washington agrees to launch a search.
During the course of investigating Angel’s disappearance, Washington finds himself becoming more and more fascinated by a woman he has never met; fascinated to the point of falling for her.
By the time two women with ties to Angel are murdered, Washington realizes he’s in a race against time to prevent her from suffering the same fate.
A sample of Missing Angel
Lost in America
mystery/suspense/urban crime/noir fiction/African American fiction
Lovelace Miller is a high end internationally known private investigator. Bi-racial, he had self identity issues growing up. Miller has learned to use his racial ambiguity to his advantage by becoming a master of disguise.
Miller takes on a case out of his usual realm. A college buddy, now a Chicago congressman, hires him to locate his drug addicted runaway daughter, Laura, who like Miller, is dealing with racial identity issues.
Miller learns that Laura is traveling with her drug dealing pornographer boyfriend and his demented Gulf War vet partner. Miller soon discovers Laura is in more danger that she realizes. He knows he has to embark on a cross country chase to rescue her in time.
Lost in America is a mix of a tough, hard-edged crime story, and a literary novel dealing with racial identity, ethics, and a warped vision of achieving the American Dream.
A sample of Lost in America
Two Full Short Stories
Mad Dog Nana
She was the small town’s designated crazy lady. She lived in a decaying old shack. She dressed in dirty, ragged clothes. Town people, even the children, mocked and belittled her. She only spoke when it was necessary.
But what was the real story behind the woman called Mad Dog Nana?
Roland “Rock” Brand is an emerging music superstar taking time out to quietly spend time with his parents. However, those plans fly out the window when a string of ex-girlfriends loaded with problems and agendas pop up during the visit. A secret kept from the public holds them at bay.
But was Thomas Wolfe right? Can you go home again?