A Reason to Live (Marty Singer #1)
“I was hooked. And I stayed hooked.”
– Big Al and Pals, Amazon Top 1000 Reviewer
In the late nineties, a bad cop killed a good woman and DC Homicide detective Marty Singer got to watch as the murderer walked out of the courtroom a free man. Twelve years later, the victim’s daughter comes to Marty begging for help: the killer is stalking her now.
There’s just one problem: Marty’s retired…and he’s retired because he’s battling cancer. But with a second shot at the killer–and a first chance at redemption–Marty’s just found A Reason to Live.
Blueblood (Marty Singer #2)
“Another great Marty Singer novel…this one twists through the alphabet soup of agencies charged with criminal investigation and ends with an unexpected turn.”
– Gypsy, 5 star review
Four unrelated murders. Nothing special in Washington DC. Not even good enough to make the evening news. But then a concerned police lieutenant approaches retired homicide detective Marty Singer with a simple fact that changes everything.They were all cops.
In a race to stop the killings, Marty tackles the case from the outside, chasing the killer from deadly Southeast DC to the heart of the Virginia gangland, on a mission to stop the spilling of yet more Blueblood.
Retired DC Homicide detective Marty Singer is driving through Virginia when he sees a billboard by the side of the road with the picture of a man and a simple, stunning question:
J.D. HOPE WAS MURDERED ON MAY 6TH. DO YOU KNOW WHY?
To most, the message means nothing. But Marty stops the car, turns around, and rushes headlong into a deadly mix of drugs, lies, and double-crosses.Because Marty’s got his own history with the man on the sign…and he needs to find out who murdered J.D. Hope and why if he wants to do One Right Thing.
The Spike (Marty Singer #4)
“Marty Singer is somewhat like Michael Connelly’s Harry Bosch, and I believe you’ll really like The Spike and the rest of the Marty Singer series.”
– Steve Scott, 5 star review
Retired DC homicide cop Marty Singer witnesses a horrific murder and the family of the victim hires him to find the killer. But when he peels back the cover on the case, Marty discovers a rotten core of corruption, graft, and violence that runs from the lowest city street to the top of the political food chain. The only way to catch the killer is to dive right in—and stay alive long enough to find out who or what is The Spike.
A late-night knock on his door pulls retired DC homicide detective Marty Singer out of a sound sleep and drops him into a desperate hunt to find Lucy Rhee, the kidnapped sister of his friend, Chuck Rhee.
With no clues, no leads, and almost no hope, they’ve only got guts and instinct to discover where The Wicked Flee—and save Lucy before she’s gone forever.
Retired DC homicide detective Marty Singer has spent his career—and his retirement—finding people. But Tommy Donlan and his son, Bobby, are on the run from their family, and Marty’s own family urges him to help the pair disappear—for good.
This isn’t just any family feud. Tommy is the nephew of Patrick Donlan, the leader of a tight-knit gang of criminals known for their violence, ruthlessness, and big scores. After getting pinched in a federal sting, Tommy was given a lethal ultimatum: testify against his uncle or do hard time. His choice made him a target—one that Witness Protection hasn’t been able to keep safe.
After Marty orchestrates Tommy’s disappearance, he figures his work is done. But when he discovers there’ll be blood on his hands if he doesn’t track Tommy down, he realizes the ordeal has only just begun.
“A thoroughbred mystery, masterfully written, filled with finely drawn characters, exquisite details, and the perfect amount of ‘whodunnit’. Immersive storytelling of the highest pedigree.”
– Keith Houghton, best-selling author of CRASH and DON’T EVEN BREATHE
When stable owner Ruth Colvin invites former DC homicide cop Marty Singer and his partner Julie Atwater to spend a week at her central Virginia equestrian farm, they think they’re getting a much-needed vacation in the region’s storied horse and wine country.
But when star polo player Freddie Ferrar winds up shot to death at the estate of a local billionaire, and in the midst of a rash of vandalism that threatens to bankrupt Ruth’s farm, Marty is pressed into service to get to the bottom of a series of crimes—some hundreds of years in the making—and bring justice to The Bitter Fields.
Chasing the Pain (Marty Singer #8)
“If you’re reading this, then you haven’t heard from me in three weeks, maybe more. If that’s the case, call Marty Singer. He’ll know what to do.”
That’s the note Karen Reynolds, ex-wife of friend and former US Marshal Karl Schovasa, hands retired cop Marty Singer. Schovasa’s missing after trying to guide a young addict away from being exploited by a fake rehab center, and all signs point to foul play. In a bid to save both of them, Marty heads south to Palm Beach to take on a cabal of crooks, con men, and drug dealers that operate at will up and down the East coast. They’re the masterminds of a scam worth millions…a scam they’re willing to kill for if it stops Marty from Chasing the Pain.
Available February 1 on Amazon for Kindle and paperback.
OTHER NOVELS AND BOOK LENGTH COLLECTIONS
Blow out a candle. Make a wish. Your last.
Eight years ago, Elliott Nash’s daughter was murdered. Since then, everything the brilliant former criminal psychologist had is a memory—his child, his career, his wife, and his home. Now he lives on the streets around Washington, DC, with only a bottomless well of guilt and nightmares to make him feel alive. Until Amy Scowcroft solicits his help.
She refuses to believe that her daughter, Lacey, who was kidnapped a year before, is dead. To the police, it’s a case gone cold. To Elliott, it’s redemption. In fact, Amy has stumbled upon an unnerving new clue: Lacey is just one of seven children from broken homes who vanished near their birthdays. Right now, it’s all they have to run with. Right now, they have no idea where the chase will lead.
As Elliott navigates the streets he knows so well, he and Amy will discover how dark they are—and how many secrets they conceal. Because in a search this harrowing, everybody has something to hide.
Each winter the crew at the Shackleton South Pole Research Facility faces nine months of isolation, round-the-clock darkness, and one of the most extreme climates on the planet. When a colleague is found dead on the icy Antarctica plain outside the station, Cass Jennings must find the strength to survive not only a punishing landscape but also an unrelenting menace determined to destroy the station—and everyone in it.
Lee Baylor runs a failing garage in a dying southern Virginia town and when old friend–but present-day con–Randy Watson shows up with a plan to make some quick cash, Lee’s got to take it.
Randy’s idea? Steal a one-of-a-kind, vintage Harley from millionaire movie star Jason Ford, who likes to act the hotshot biker at the annual Sweetwater motorcycle rally with his knockout starlet girlfriend Becky Winters.
The only hitch is that Jason’s got money problems of his own, and when hillbilly gangster Baby Boy gets involved, there’s going to be hell to pay when they all try Stealing Sweetwater.
The B-Team (A John Rain Novel)
With his long and bitter history involving the yakuza, John Rain isn’t one to shy away from a contract that gives him the chance to eliminate the leader of one of its largest clans.
But when the job takes him from the familiar streets of Tokyo to the ancient capital of Kyoto, he finds himself on uncertain footing. The city itself is full of painful memories, while his mission seems to be compromised from the start when a rival clan seems to be just as intent as he is to reach the target. The only help he can turn to is the beautiful but enigmatic and lethal Yume Sasaki…if he can afford to trust her.
As the bonfires of the city’s oldest religious festival rage on, ghosts from his past and enemies from his present close in with not just the contract, but Rain’s own survival, at stake.
The B-Team is a Kindle Worlds-commissioned novel set in Barry Eisler’s world of the half-Japanese, half-american assassin, John Rain.
Available on Amazon for Kindle.
one bad twelve (anthology)
A disturbed young mother loses more than her mind. A postman’s larcenous streak gets him in a terrible mess just a few days before Christmas. A suspenseful chain of letters tells a story of betrayal and violence. And a professional thief gets even after he’s been swindled by a couple of amateurs.
These thirteen tales–chock full of dirty motives, relentless ambitions, and a lop-sided view of the world–aren’t used to being pushed around. Often gritty, sometimes funny, the stories in one bad twelve will leave you wanting more.
Love them or hate them…just don’t turn your back on them.
No one likes Jack. His wife is gone and his neighbors avoid him. He’s a recluse and a creep, and that’s just the way he wants it; he can ignore what they say behind his back if they leave him to his work and his daily walks. But when ten-year-old Emma goes missing in the nearby woods, the eyes of his neighbors turn toward him, their fear and accusations escalating as the days go by. Jack proclaims his innocence, but what the neighbors–and the reader–find out is the last thing anyone would suspect.
Seven Into the Bleak
A band of companions–each with his or her own reasons–delves deep into the heart of the Bleak, the infamous and horrifying cavern world miles beneath their own. But their dreams of a quick journey fade into black when their way home is cut off.
Tavern songs dwell on heroes returning laden with loot, fame, and glory, but rarely do they talk of the fear, and loneliness, and misery of life in the World Under the World. The group of seven is hard-pressed to simply survive–both from struggles within and without-and there will be no songs to sing of the companions if they succumb to the horrors of The Bleak.
Seven Into the Bleak is an original fantasy short story of 8,100 words or about 30 paperback pages.
Sword of Kings
“My sword is dying.”
King Andreas was confident, bold, courageous…until his sword–the living symbol of his power–began to crumble in his hands.With his brother Jon by his side, Andreas has little time to find out why the sword, passed down through a hundred generations, is failing now.The answer he finds may save his kingdom, but at a terrible price.
Sword of Kings is a 4,100 word short story of high fantasy. Included in this volume is a Story Notes essay detailing the thought process and background behind the writing of the work.
For almost twenty years, war has raged between the mountain kingdom of Thrace and the sea-faring land of Andal, exhausting both nations. Prince Lowan, the educated and debonair second son of the King of Thrace, has arrived to make peace with his father’s enemies. But the price Andal requires for peace is high–too high–and Lowan knows there are many ways to influence a nation at war.
Assassin is an original fantasy short story of 4,200 word, or about 17 paperback pages. It includes a Story Notes section, outlining the background and thought process behind the writing as well as an excerpt from Matthew Iden’s fantasy short story Sword of Kings.
Telling Your Tale: A Beginner’s Guide to Novel Writing
Telling Your Tale: A Beginner’s Guide to Novel Writing is an e-article of 10,000 words, or about 40 paperback pages.
It includes a step-by-step introduction to the basic terms and concepts of novel writing to get the novice author started on the biggest step of their career: writing the first book. It also includes appendices with tips on combating writer’s block, guides to finding or founding critique groups, and a resources section with suggested readings on craft, editing, and publishing to further help the budding writer improve their knowledge of the field.