David H Fears
David was known by the handle “professor” as a boy (no doubt the thick black spectacles, Buddy Holly style), and has had a lifetime interest in Mark Twain. He has also written nearly one hundred short stories with about sixteen published, and eight Mike Angel PI Mystery novels.
Fears is a pretty handy name for horror stories, but he also has written mainstream nostalgic, literary, some fantasy/magical realism, as well as the PI novels. For the past decade he has devoted his full time to producing Mark Twain Day By Day, a four-volume annotated chronology in the life of Samuel L. Clemens. Two volumes are now available, and have been called, “The Ultimate Mark Twain Reference” by top Twain scholars. His aim for these books is “to provide a reference and starting-off place for the Twain scholar, as well as a readable book for the masses,” one that provides many “tastes” of Twain and perspective into his complex and fascinating life. He understands this is a work that will never be “finished” — in fact, he claims that no piece of writing is ever finished, only abandoned after a time. As a historian, David enjoys mixing historical aspects in his fiction.
David now teaches literature and writing at DeVry University in Portland, his third college stint. His former lives enjoyed some success in real estate and computer business, sandwiched between undergraduate studies in the early 70s and his masters degree in education and composition, awarded in 2004.
He was born and raised in Portland, Oregon, and has lived in New England, Southern California and Nevada. David is youthful looking and is the father of three girls, the grandfather of four and the great-grandfather of two; he’s written, “It all shows what you can do if you fool around when you’re very young.” David’s a card. How many of us think humor has a place in mystery tales or history tomes? He claims his calico cat Sophie helps him edit his stories while lying across his arm when he is composing, and sinking her claws in with any poorly drawn sentence. As a writer, a humorist, a cat lover and father of girls, he relates well to Clemens. Writing hardboiled PI novels is his way of saying "NUTS!" to politically correct fiction.
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Dark Drama: A Mike Angel Mystery
In Dark Drama, the 12th novel in the series set in Portland in 1971, Mike Angel stumbles into his office during a power outage to discover a stunning lookalike for Hollywood actress Hedy Lamarr posed dead in a loveseat. The murder leads Mike into a thicket of smut productions made to order with Hollywood diva look-alikes for rich Arab shieks. Mike chases clues in Boise, Idaho City and Tijuana.
Dark Union: A Mike Angel Mystery
After Mike witnesses a barefoot bank robber who got away in a hail of bullets, an iron-fisted longshoreman union boss hires Mike to find the killer of his granddaughter, a loose-morals woman who slept with both sides of a labor war. A second murder confuses his case. Even though directed not to pry into union affairs, lead takes Mike there and in danger.
Dark Eyes: A Mike Angel Mystery
In 1969 private eye Mike Angel works a routine missing persons case that falls into Albina, the black section of Portland, where a seductive light-skinned siren coaxes Mike to help black businessmen carry out a boycott of corrupt white bar owners and illegal gambling. Black businessmen hire Mike to lead a boycott that threatens to inflame racial passions. #10 in the series.
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Dark Red: A Mike Angel Mystery
Mike and Molly are married on Christmas Day in 1967, but upon leaving the Reno chapel a stray bullet strikes Molly in the head. As desperate weeks and months pass with Molly in a coma, Mike cannot go south to find the shooter. Sanity forces him to take on a routine insurance fraud case, involving mysterious redhead with connections to an international drug cartel.
Dark Conspiracy: A Mike Angel Private Eye Mystery
Mike is shot after chasing a naked blonde down a dark street one wet night in Portland, Oregon. Mike vows to catch the girl’s killer; the victim turned out to be the granddaughter of the L.A. mob boss, Nick Licata. She was involved with a Marxist group headed by a Reed College professor who plots to bomb a US Destroyer at the river wall during the 1967 Rose Festival. Complex with adult content.
Dark Fantasy: A Mike Angel Private Eye Mystery
In 1966, the world’s richest man, Howard Hughes, occupied the top two floors of the Desert Inn on the Strip in Las Vegas and refused to vacate. Instead he bought the Inn.
Earlier that year in Portland, Mike and Rick were called to an empty apartment where the body of a world-famous glamour model, a twin, was discovered covered with flowers. How did these events connect? Complex Book 7 of Series
44 Collected Stories of David H Fears (DH Henry)
44 of David H Fears' (pseud. DH Henry) best short stories were culled for inclusion here, including revisions not before published. Something for everyone in this diverse and stimulating collection by an extraordinary storyteller—from magical realism, romance, mystery, literary, fantasy, history, humor, and suspense (adult themes). 160,000 words, as long as TWO novels. Equivalent 588 pages.
Dark Moon: A Mike Angel Private Eye Mystery
Mike befriends an eccentric veteran with a drinking problem, then discovers the man's estranged wife has been sleeping with hoodlums and racketeers. The wife is murdered, the man framed, and Mike drives him to the Canadian border. Racketeers, dirty cops, prostitutes,and corrupt government lead to a shootout at a famous whorehouse where Mike is greatly outnumbered. Historicalcomplex fiction 1965.
Dark Idol: A Mike Angel Private Eye Mystery
In this complex mystery set in 1964 amidst racial unrest in Chicago, Mike receives an anonymous note with a 1934 $10,000 Federal Reserve Note and a cryptic message that the bill is payment for an unspecified future trouble. Tracking down the sender spins into a 40 year old kidnaping case involving four US Army officers in World War One, stolen gold with connections to the French Bonnot gang.
Dark Lake: A Mike Angel Mystery
Here is the steamiest of the Mike Angel Mystery series! Angel, a 32-year-old private eye in Chicago, rescues a mysterious bound beauty from a firebombing, which begins a chase into a white-slaver and murder for profit ring that lures conventioneers into sex shows and dumps victims into Lake Michigan. Mike barely controls his rage after his office love, Molly, is abducted, and flown to New Orleans.
Dark Poison: A Mike Angel Private Eye Mystery
Dark Poison is set in Chicago in 1963.
When a grotesque female seeks protection from a convict Mike helped to send up, his scar heats up. After she slips Mike a mysterious substance he suffers near total paralysis. Chasing down the female takes him in pursuit of a Nazi criminal. In a twisting climax, Mike is in a crossfire between the CIA, the FBI and the Isreali Mossad. # 4 in the series.
Dark Blonde: A Mike Angel Private Eye Mystery
Wealthy, mysterious Julia hires PI Mike Angel to find her missing sister — but the case takes a perilous turn, throwing Mike and his partner into an underground world of mobsters, corrupt politicians, and deadly crimes of passion! A riveting page-turner set in 1960s Chicago.
Dark Quarry: A Mike Angel Private Eye Mystery
The FIRST in the complex Mike Angel Mystery series. Dive into Dark Quarry! Set in NY, Chicago in 1963.
Mike is only 30, trying to take up the work of his murdered father, retired NYC detective. After following a desirable female on an insurance case, Mike witnesses her slaying of her abusive partner. He then crosses a line and violates every rule for PI's, which connects him to the Purple Gang.
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