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I used to write under the name "David Alexander" but there were several other writers using that name and publishers and agents confused me with them, so I now use the pen name, "David Grace." My first published novel was "The Chocolate Spy" followed by "Fane" then "My Real Name Is Lisa" then "The Eyes Of The Blind."
I have re-titled Fane as "The Accidental Magician"; re-titled "My Real Name Is Lisa" as "Stolen Angel" and re-titled "The Eyes Of The Blind" as "True Faith." All are available at Smashwords, Amazon, and other ebook sellers.
All of my novels except "Daniel" are available in trade paperback editions at Amazon.com from publisher, Wildside Press.
My favorite books that I wrote are "The Concrete Kiss", "Death Never Sleeps", "Death Never Lies", "Shooting Crows At Dawn", "A Death In Beverly Hills", "True Faith", "Easy Target", and "Doll's Eyes" more or less in that order but the order changes from day to day. I think the best SF stories that I have written are the Tramp stories contained in SF Stories Volume 1.
I have had several Sci Fi stories published in Analog Magazine and two crime stores published in Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine. I am a long-time member of the Science Fiction Writers of America.
The legendary SF author (and friend) Jack Vance named a planet after me in "The Face" and named a lawgiver after me in "Night Lamp."
I shared a story credit (with two others) for the Outer Limits episode "Joy Ride" which starred Cliff Robertson.
My most recent novel is "Death Never Sleeps."
I often write screenplays based on my books as well as stand-alone screenplays. I have written screenplays for: "The Concrete Kiss"; "True Faith"; "Death Never Sleeps", "Stolen Angel"; "A Death In Beverly Hills", "Doll's Eyes","The Traitor's Mistress", "Daniel" and "Etched In Bone."
I have also written the non-novel related screenplays: "Dreamboat" romantic comedy; "Champion's Season" (comedy); "First Starship" (G-rated adventure).
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Death Never Lies
An HHS director vanishes just before adopting a new list of prohibited chemicals. Homeland Security Agent Greg Kane suspects that the HHS employee may have been killed to keep the new list from going into effect,but he has no idea who's behind the crime, which chemical they are so desperate to import, and what they plan to do with it once they've gotten their hands on it.
The Concrete Kiss
“Well-written, engaging and sure to keep you up.”
--- Kirkus Reviews. -
Homicide Detective Ned Danes discovers that an ambitious Deputy D.A. has concealed evidence of an accused murderer's innocence in order to secure a headline-grabbing conviction. Danes torpedoes the corrupt Deputy D.A.'s case, and for his honesty, Danes is exiled to the tiny basement office of the Cold Case Squad. And then...
Shooting Crows At Dawn
Election day is near and Sheriff Jubal Dark's failure to solve a two-year-old murder is likely to cost him his job. Now, three escaped killers racing for the border murder a local family. Dark no longer has any time to worry about the election. He's willing to trade his star, and even his life, if that's what it will take to bring these murderers to Texas Justice.
When Major Daniel Leighton's F-4 was shot down over North Vietnam he tried to reach the ocean and some hope of rescue but he was captured and taken the Hoa Lo Prison, the infamous Hanoi Hilton.
Though pressured to cooperate with his captors Daniel eventually found a way to redeem his honor.
The Traitor's Mistress
The Secretary of State received a Secret file and reluctantly decided that the President and his mistress had to die. And they did. Five years later the Mistress's husband found her diary. The plotters soon got rid of him but by then Steve Grant had the diary. Now Grant is desperately searching for the Mistress's last, hidden file which is the only thing that might keep him alive.
From early childhood Raphael LaFontaine was afflicted with strange visions and fever dreams. These talents have served Rafe well, first as a Baltimore police officer, then as private detective. A frayed-at-the-edges lawyer asks Rafe to help his client with a simple matter but he finds that nothing is what it had seemed and Rafe soon becomes entangled in a confusing web of lies and death.
Elephant's Graveyard & Other Sci Fi Stories
This volume consists of three science-fiction novelettes by David Alexander and Hayford Peirce that were originally published in Analog Magazine as follows:
"Finder's Fee" April 1997 - 17,420 words
"Elephant's Graveyard" March 1999 - 17,680 words
"Best Of Breed" December 1994 - 12,750 words
Total: 47,850 words
Sci Fi Stories - Volume 4
"Spotter" - could there be time-traveling policeman?
Will the cry "Let The Robot Do It" be the next wave of democracy?
"In The Cracks Of Time" deals with a time traveler with a very special mission.
In "Shirastra" two miners are trapped deep beneath the surface of a distant planet.
In "Stuck" the benefits of modern electronic time manipulation are revealed to be no so beneficial after all.
Sci Fi Stories - Volume 3
"The Burglary In The Basement Of God" asks: Where does all the old time go when we are done with it?
"Exile" deals with time travel and punishment.
"Enough Is Too Much" is just for fun.
"Chain Gang" explores a future where you don't lock up a criminal's body but rather his mind.
"At the Sound Of The Beep" is another fun, very short story.
Length approximately 13,000 words
Sci Fi Stories - Volume 2
"Bug Rules" takes place aboard a ship crewed by sociopathic insects transporting a cargo of humans.
"Chronotron" explores a future where you can buy insurance which will protect you from any physical injury.
In "Dream War" two adjacent countries that broadcast dreams heads go to war.
"The Heart Is The Hunter" explores a world in which sentient computers can rent human hosts.
Sci Fi Stories - Volume 1 - Tramp
These three stories take place aboard the Star freighter, Orion feature ship's Officer, Harry Dondero.
"Tramp" was published in Analog Magazine's March, 1998 issue by "David Alexander" as author - approx. 9,000 words.
"Emerald Eyes" has not been previously published - approx. 6,900 words.
"The Human Dress" was published in Analog in March 2003 by "David Alexander" as author. Length 9,700
Crime Stories Volume 2
Total Length approx. 12,750 words
#1. "Off Season" takes place in a placid Caribbean island where nothing much ever happens until a stranger comes to town.
#2. is "Road Shrines" -- the impromptu collections of flowers and candles marking the places were innocents were killed by animals who walk like men.
#3 In "Right As Rain" a detective tries to deal with a murder he just can't let go of.
Crime Stories Volume 1 - The Mob
All three stories take place in mid-sixties NYC. The principal character is Eddie Montefusco, a gun dealer to the Abruzzi Crime Family.
"Piece Work" was originally published in Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine in November 2004. Length 5,370 words.
"Willie Bats" was originally published in AHMM in March 2005. Length 4,300 words.
"A Shot In Time" has not been previously published.
NYPD Lieutenant Greg Webster retired to teach at a small Kansas college but before even a year had passed his wife was killed in an apparent hit-and-run accident. Greg suspected nothing sinister but one of his students thought Carolyn's accident might be the latest in a series of murders. Apparently, the serial killer wanted a tougher opponent than the campus cops. Big mistake.
The Forbidden List
More than sixty years ago revolutionary technology was consigned to the Forbidden List to be kept secret forever.
Then Deputy Assistant Undersecretary of Defense, Daniel Rivers, stumbled across it and plotted to make a fortune from its release. Rivers' scheme was discovered and he was silenced with a commitment to a Psychiatric Clinic. Then they discovered that a copy of the file was missing.
The Accidental Magician
The world, Fane, lies on the outer reaches of explored space, long forgotten by mankind. The planet's peculiar electromagnetic fields inevitably destroy electronic devices, but in compensation they enhance psychic abilities. In a last ditch effort to salvage something of his family's honor, his uncle gives Grantin a vital task which promptly turns him into the Accidental Magician.
When eight immigrants arrived at the Baltimore Federal Courthouse to be sworn in as citizens, they didn't give a thought to the trial next door of five terrorists charged with the bombing of a federal building until the terrorists escaped and took them all hostage. The wife and child of one of the prisoners had been killed in that bombing.
Now his chance for vengeance has come.
A Death In Beverly Hills
NEW EDITION -- Revised Sept. 2014
When the wife and four-year-old stepdaughter of fading movie star Tom Travis disappeared, a massive, fruitless, search was launched. Soon after the body of Travis's wife was discovered in a shallow grave only a few miles from where he had been riding his dune buggy on the day she vanished Travis finds himself on trial for capital murder. But did he do it?
When Peter Howard stumbled across a kidnaped little girl in the middle of nowhere he intended to merely follow her home and then call the police, but then the man who was holding Lisa captive pulled a gun. The next thing Peter knew Lisa was in his car, her captor was lying on the ground, bleeding, and Peter was driving off madly into the night. Somehow, Peter promised, he would get her home.
Twenty years ago, thirteen year old JT Trainer was about to be killed by loan sharks for the life insurance money which would pay off his father’s gambling debts. JT’s only friend, sixteen year old Hannah McGuire, discovered the plan and managed to get JT on a bus out of town before luring the killers in the opposite direction.
Now a murder cop, JT is still looking for Hannah.
Etched In Bone
Etched In Bone
After being acquitted of eight grisly murders by reason of insanity, Hanford Wells was committed to the Hickory Hollow Forensic Psychiatric Center, from which he soon escaped. When dental records proved that the battered body discovered in the woods was that of his missing patient, forensic psychiatrist, Llewellyn Price, breathed a sigh of relief. But too soon.
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Smashwords book reviews by David Grace
- Eternity's End
on Jan. 13, 2011
Good, solid space adventure, worth reading. Professionally written. Recommended
- Better than Real
on Feb. 01, 2011
I liked the idea of the book but it felt as if the story was plotted as it was written. The pieces didn't seem to hold together as a coherent whole and the society as portrayed could not have functioned as it did given the technology the story claimed existed.
- Spinward Fringe Broadcasts 1 and 2: Resurrection and Awakening
on Feb. 01, 2011
Pretty good SF space opera. I found the first chapter confusing and the powers supposedly possessed by the Hero were so excessive that it made him essentially invincible which takes the threat out of the story. I didn't think the "world view" background was nearly as well planned out in advance as it should have been or at least it wasn't explained anywhere early enough to make sense of it as it went along. I give it three and a half stars.
- Jak Phoenix
on Feb. 01, 2011
A book that didn't seem to have been carefully plotted before it was written. The hero's escapes were unbelievable. It was more like a comic book than an SF novel. I love space opera but when compared to David Drake, William Dietz, Jack Campbell and lots of other authors whose work I would give a five, I have to give this one a 2
- Peace Warrior
on May 11, 2011
Competent SF-action story.
- Cold Hit
on May 12, 2011
This book is something of a contradiction. The actual prose style is very professional. With ebook authors you always run the risk of someone who just doesn't know how to write narrative or dialog professionally and that is not the case here. BUT, I found the story, as a story, muddled, confusing and boring. For the first 40 pages or so nothing happened, it was all sort of an amusing travelogue. Then it changed and confused me. Who was the protagonist? What was the story about? I have no clue.
on May 27, 2011
This book surprised me in a good way. The narrative and dialog were professional, the story was unique and interesting and I enjoyed the entire book. I am not a fan of "romances" or fantasy and while this book had elements of both, the author did such a professional job on both the craft of the writing and the story that I would not hesitate to recommend this book.
- Ghost Fleet
on June 02, 2011
This is a strong military SF book. The writing is solid and the story is interesting. I'm glad I bought it.
- Genellan: Planetfall
on June 02, 2011
Professional work. As I got into the story I found my interest waning in that particular plot, but that's a matter of personal taste, not a criticism of the book.
on June 02, 2011
This is written as if it were an entry in an encyclopedia rather than a novel. The characters are two-dimensional, the narrative flat and the story strangly lacking in tension.
- Admiral's Ghost
on June 02, 2011
I can't find anything good to say about this book. I gave up after about 40 pages.