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MYSTERY/THRILLER, SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY

 

Like depression-era gangster yarns?  Want to follow a nuclear troubleshooter as he tries to save the world from a nuclear disaster?  Want to join a funky, hardboiled detective?  Join the first Mars colonists on a beer-swilling adventure?  Or would you enjoy an international fantasy-espionage story stretching back to the beginning of time?  There something here for you now.

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A FATAL GROUPING

 

The comprehensive compendium of all things Charlie Komensky in one eBook.  Three full novels and all the short stories at your fingertips from Amazon.com for Kindle an dother eReaders.

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MURDER U.A.V.

More brutal, more depraved, and more dangerous than any adversary private detective Charlie Komensky has ever encountered, this sadist’s reach is pervasive and global.  Unwatched, he will rape or kill the most innocent.  Undeterred, he will gather unsuspecting followers by the thousands.  Unstopped, he will destroy the oldest and most powerful of institutions.  When Charlie’s fiancée Linda is arrested for domestic terrorism, failing to prove her innocence draws him into a nightmare of death and perversion where Linda isn’t the sweet girl he knew.  It’s a world of secret sex clubs, covert militias and high-tech weapons beyond his imagination; one where Charlie hangs onto moral high ground by his fingertips.  No other case has led Charlie into sexier situations, faster action, more thrills, or higher stakes.  Is the end near for Charlie and Linda—and maybe for society as we know it?

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THE STEAM LOCOMOTIVE MURDERS

The most gruesome and unthinkable murders keep Private Detective Charlie Komensky on the move through territory far beyond his geographic comfort zone in this second novel and third case of the series.  The discovery of a body disfigured by fire and smoke inside an old steam engine interrupts Charlie’s vacation, and almost destroys his relationship with his capable but frustrated fiancée.  As Linda threatens to break off the relationship completely, Charlie may stray from it with the young and willing female investigator assigned to the case.  At the same time, shadowy criminal elements conspire to take advantage of Charlie’s distractions, and the grotesque murders mount up.  Always on the financial ropes, Charlie tries to escape being shot, electrocuted, and framed for attempted murder while uncovering clues that lead to an old diamond heist and his own blocked memory.  

 

"suggest reading this one"

"absorbing . . . it turned into a page turner."

"liked the quirky characters and their interactions"

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THE FLAT TIRE MURDERS

Bullets, car bombs, brutal murder and more explode from the pages of this fast-paced mystery of lust, love, fraud and desperation.  Private detective Charlie Komensky, in true murder mystery form, never fires a shot as he investigates an apparent double homicide. The ex-Chicago cop is hired by a rich, seductive client from Iowa, who insists that the murder of her lover, Danny Flatwood, can be solved by pinning it on the widow.  As a train fanatic extraordinaire, Charlie also manages to get in as much railroading as possible as he heads off to Iowa City.  

 

"a slick, hyper noir thriller"

"If you want a fast-paced, easy-to-read detective story, you've found a good one!"

 

This is the first novel of the series.  Introduce yourself to one of the most politically incorrect detectives you will ever meet.  He's a throwback to the 1940s, on the verge evolving only with the help of his on-again-off-again girlfriend, who puts up with him despite the fact that every woman is "Doll" or "Honey."  Featured as a Page-Turner in the December 2013 issue of Shelf Unbound.

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The Acceleration of Time
THE ACCELERATION OF TIME

What if you didn't need a time machine to travel through time?  What if you needed no technology at all?  Moreover, what if all you needed was the most basic of languages and a guide to show you where you can change from one time and place to another, by simply uttering a word?  A young agent for an international trade agency - the narrator - has remained the strong friend of a college professor who studies ancient science.  The agent becomes the subject of an assassination attempt, and finds that his professor friend is not surprised.  The professor has known all along that there are powerful people who seek the knowledge of the acceleration of time, and of the words that make it useful. (Digital cover shown at left; paperback cover below)

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A Tunnel Too Far
A Tunnel Too Far
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A TUNNEL TOO FAR

 

"A Tunnel Too Far" has gone up in sales rank by over a million.  See why!  Read "A Tunnel Too Far" today! *AUTHORSdB 1/15/15

 

The tragic story of Frank Cermak, a fictional, first-generation Bohemian-American living in Chicago at the verge of The Great Depression.  He's a proud and opinionated young man, and he thinks he has the world figured out.  Although he is gainfully employed in a job he likes, has a girlfriend he wants to marry, and has money put away for a rainy day, he gets involved in doing small jobs for mob criminals.  The old freight tunnel system buried  under the city, still there but inaccessible except for a few caretakers, is the setting of the story and the tool that allows Frank to flourish as a petty mobster.  Soon, Frank has no choice but to graduate to major crime, as the mysterious mobster Sarconi pushes Frank further over the line into a hell of Frank's own making.  After unintentionally committing robbery and murder, Frank learns more about his other sins than he would like.  (Digital cover shown at left; paperback cover below)

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The Plutonium Standard
THE PLUTONIUM STANDARD

 

The operator of an unconventional new nuclear power plant conspires to take over the global economy by making plutonium the standard for all economic transactions.  Arthur Reinhardt leads a group of mercenary activists who must stop the secret stockpiling of plutonium before world powers find out they no longer control a material that will become the world's best source of both clean energy and dirty nuclear weapons.  As an third group unexpectedly overrides the security of the plant, burdened by a failed relationship with the operator's wife, Reinhardt works to make sure that a stolen shipment of plutonium does not result in the radiation poisoning of the population of a major city.  The science is real!  The scenario is possible!  The politics of the twenty-first century are right!  Could the dollar soon be on The Plutonium Standard?

 

The Plutonium Standard is currently available only from Lulu.com

Digital - $0.99 in epub (works on Kindle) or pdf (any platform) formats

Paperback - $14.99 (from Lulu.com)

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