I grew up in northern Ontario and love its lakes and forests. But I lived in Santa Monica for decades watching big money, land development, and politics clash. Getting a good murder mystery novel out of what goes on behind the scenes in grassroots politics, glitzy businesses, and developer skullduggery makes all those dreary Santa Monica city council meetings worthwhile.
I live now in a village in the California mountains, not that far from the edge of the Los Angeles sprawl. There’s too much to do here: I’m writing crime fiction seriously, but I can’t get away from the SPCA, local environmental politics, and the writing community.
Life is good.
Publisher: Pertinacity Press/Createspace
No Dice is the first in the Dave Mason series.
Rip-Off is the second in the Dave Mason series. Both are set in Santa Monica, California and feature Detective Dave Mason of the Santa Monica Police Department and his community activist girlfriend Ginger McNair.
Payback is upcoming in fall of 2012 in paperback and Kindle version.
Payback is the debut novel featuring Kern County Homicide Detective Dex Stafford and Security Officer Holly Seabright, investigating how big city crime comes to Sierra Mountain Village.
What is this? Is it a hate crime? Domestic abuse, honor killing, or what? A car arson fire claims the life of a beautiful young girl, a rich Turkish student at Santa Monica College. Detective Dave Mason of the Santa Monica Police Department must break through the family’s silent conspiracy surrounding her vicious murder. He is handicapped by fact that the eleven members of her family who share the mansion in the high-end real estate section of Santa Monica do not speak English. Or so they say.
The city is in turmoil, accusing the department of racism and worse. Mason makes a promise to a girl he never met that he will bring her justice; yet, he is drawn away from the turbulent investigation with a promise to the love of his life. Can he keep his promises to both of them when political blow back and an escalating demand for answers threaten every step he takes?