Who and what am I? I'm an American expat living in South America working on my next book. In addition to Fireclosure, "Joe Detective" is a seven book noir detective series with number eight coming soon.
I ventured south for a number of good reasons not the least of which is a type of isolation that frees me from California distractions. South America renews me. Ancient culture struggling with the new is interesting since all the "new" is something out of 1950's America.
My background ranges from the detective business to the business of business having been an entrepreneur most of my life in diverse businesses and lifestyles. Rock m'Roll to commerce to consulting to seminars. From real estate investment to a construction outfit. I've done too many things to list and it's hard to remember some.
As such, I've seen the duality of morality in the way society wrestles with being civilized and comes up wanting.
It may be that somehow, by writing things about criminality and simmering violence, I prevent myself from becoming one of my characters. (Leaving the evidence in writing as it were.) My love of the underdog and the realist comes out in my stories.
I'm finally doing what I love best. I'm having new adventures every day and I get to be a story teller. I write for people who know a camp fire and their imaginations are better than 70 millimeter film even with Sound Around. I can only hope they forgive my errors in spelling and my sometimes stumbling expression. I think they do.
In person I display the usual human frailties. I'm neither good nor completely bad. I value my liberty more than anything else, and a small eclectic group of friends.
I love life and stress on it as little as possible. I'm of an age where I'm conscious of time running out. But I look forward to what comes next. As Joe Detective said, "Death is like a traffic accident, you'd love to stay and watch, but you're out of popcorn."
I always make too much popcorn and I think that's what life is about.
Stories I do fairly well, I'm told. But when it comes to writing a personal description I can only say my life is a decades old run-on sentence and you'd have to have been there to understand. Lucky for me, I've outlived the statute of limitations many times and more than a few of mine enemies.
Thanks to my valuable friends...
Hard News: The Coming of Age Story of a Criminal
Being a crook doesn’t mean a person is dishonest. Dishonest people are mostly elected or placed in positions of power that are above their emotional or mental quotients. People who only divert money, crooked or not, are honest about it. It’s the ones who want to control you that are the most dangerous. And you can recognize them in an instant. Resist them.
At almost 40 Snubs Jackson had spent the last four as an errand boy. He was a bad gambler, lousy at cards. Over the last four years he’d lost millions at certain casinos in Las Vegas, Reno, Lake Tahoe, and Atlantic City. It was his job. The casinos laundered the revenues from mob businesses. The sums were in the huge to ballistic range and so were the risks
Joe Detective: Oddball (Book Seven)
Heroin on the streets is illegal, worth a lot of money, and deadly. Heroin in a hospice allows people to die with dignity. When 31 Kilos of the stuff disappear from the evidence room, the police commissioner becomes a wanted man. But he only took 1 Kilo. What about the other 30 Kilos? No one wants it to hit the streets
Joe Detective: Damn Damsels (Book Six)
Every man is a knight in shining armor to some damsel at some time, if only by accident.
The detective business just means he sometimes gets paid for rescuing damsels. And it means there's always some sucker trying to kill him for it. That's not to say women are the bane of Joe's existence. But they are. A women saying "Please help me" is irresistible.
Joe Detective: Money in The Middle (Book Five)
Credit cards are freedom for some and insidious enslavement for many.Elderly folks get wiped out of their homes by bankers and plunged into minimum-payment hell all the time. But when others even less scrupulous enslave them to criminality, Joe has no choice, his motto is: give credit where it's due and penalties where they're over-due.
Joe Detective: The Star Rouge (Book Four)
Joe learns that one local act can have profound international implications. Containers full of undesirable dissidents have to go somewhere, after all. And turning them from single unit agitating annoyances into smaller dressed packages of high profit has a macabre sort of merit. Cutting off this income stream is resented to the bone.
Joe Detective: Epiphany in Lead (Book Three)
There are those Joe has offended by his not-too-accidental blowing-up of their leaders. Joe learns there is no such thing as justice or impunity in life. The lesson comes as an epiphany in lead. It's said that when faced with almost certain death we have two choices: fight or flight. That's easy to say unless you're the one backed in a corner.
Joe Detective: Leap of Fate (Book Two)
When Joe plucks a Bad FBI Agent out of the barrel the cop resents it beyond all logic. But Joe knows anyone crazy enough to become a cop makes an even crazier criminal. When a bullet meant for Joe almost snuffs out the life of the woman he loves, Joe redefines the words crazy, vendetta, and vindication. What's the worst thing you can do to a man out of options? Hand him a gun with one bullet.
Joe finds the heap of laundry at the foot of the stairs is actually a beautiful, unconscious, girl. The lump on her head and the dangerous men searching the street outside leave him with no choice...but, he's carried off a material witness to crimes beyond any reasonable person's worst imaginings putting him up against human traffickers and powerful politicians. ** First book in the series.
FIRECLOSURE How to burn down Wall Street and get away with it
Fed up with Wall Street and Deaf leaders in Washington, Cal writes a simple "what if" e-book that goes "viral" and throws the country into chaos. Empty foreclosed houses are burning by the thousands, the President has his hands full, and the Wall Street 'Elite' are out to get the author. Hi speed chases, murder, terrorism, and love ensue..
Smashwords book reviews by JH Gordon
- How to Avoid 10 Writing Misteaks: The Top 10 Fatal Errors Made by Novices Writing Fiction and Non-fiction
on March 15, 2013
The "10 writing mistakes to avoid" listed in this book are well described, with good examples that make clear the logic behind them. It also shows the ease with which these errors can happen to novice as well as experienced writers. This concise little guide is quick reading and a great addition to your toolbox
I found the use of "misteaks" instead of "mistakes" to be a bit much and there are a number of small proofing errors that are noticeable only because it is about mistakes, otherwise it would be a 5 star.
- Prisoner 721
on March 17, 2013
Truly unique and creative story. I absolutely loved it and can't wait for this author's next work. As the first reviewer said that I'm sure will be a common threat through all reviews: "Brilliant concept" "fascinating to read" BRAVO.
- Welcome to Dullsville
on Feb. 02, 2014
I really enjoyed this somewhat strange story. The descriptions of the characters and surroundings were so good you could almost smell the the people and feel the misty fog of Grayville on your face. But like life, there is no sugar coating, and you won't find a a nicely tied ribbon around the story at the end. It is more like a wet paper bag than a ribbon......as it should be.
I look forward to the this authors future publications.