Jack Bates

Biography

Jack Bates is a playwright and has written for children as well as adults. His works have been produced locally in his home state and nationally. See more about Jack Bates on the authors blog at: http://audioshortstoryauthors.blogspot.com/search/label/Jack%20Bates

Where to buy in print


Books

Stumptoad
By Jack Bates
Price: $1.69 USD. Words: 12,840. Language: English. Published: September 23, 2013 by MindWingsAudio. Category: Fiction
Stumptoad lives close to the Crusted Swamp outside of a nearby village. When strangers see him, they are frightened. He has visions of his kind but he has not seen any of his kind and he is lonely. One day while at the swamp raking leeches, a visitor stopped and asked him about Prince Tilbert of Hickling. Stumptoad pretends to be the prince and from that moment his life is changed forever.
The Sheriff of Sorrow Series Collection
By Jack Bates
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 44,740. Language: English. Published: September 23, 2013 by MindWingsAudio. Category: Fiction
Near the end of the nineteenth century during early industrialization in the fictional town of Sorrow, Michigan, Jack Bates unfolds the strife and complexities that its citizens face. His talent for telling a great story yields gritty and compelling episodes. Includes previously published titles: The Sheriff of Sorrow, Trouble Comes to Sorrow, Justice Comes to Sorrow and The Long Road to Sorrow.
Clients & Perps Novelette Collection #1
By Jack Bates
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 66,460. Language: English. Published: September 21, 2013 by MindWingsAudio. Category: Fiction
Clients & Perps Novelette Collection #1 is a collection of published novelettes by Jack Bates from the popular series, Harry Landers, PI. Each episode presents the reader with client cases that are forceful and interesting. Including: The Butcher’s Heir, Mumbly Peg, The Infidelity Case, Ten Minutes After Midnight, Satan’s School for Scandal, Shot Girls (NEW), and A Model for Murder.
The Long Road to Sorrow (Sorrow #4)
By Jack Bates
Series: The Sheriff of Sorrow, Book 4. Price: $1.69 USD. Words: 11,810. Language: English. Published: June 16, 2013 by MindWingsAudio. Category: Fiction
Sheriff Cal Haskell goes rogue in his pursuit of the notorious man with a brass foot. A Long Road to Sorrow teams Cal with a determined agent of the legendary Coughlin Investigation Bureau and a crusty old trapper who knows how to rack beast or man. A show down with Jacob Langston at a disreputable sanatorium will reveal secrets Cal would have never expected to uncover. [A Novelette]
The Serpent Beneath the Flower
By Jack Bates
Series: Harry Landers, Book 12. Price: $1.69 USD. Words: 10,890. Language: English. Published: April 4, 2013 by MindWingsAudio. Category: Fiction
It’s been almost three years since Harry Landers worked a case for the parents of Jessica Elliott, finally found dead—murdered in Tampa, Florida. A year later he’d spent a brief time backtracking for more information on his own and succeeded in facilitating the murders of other people. Not able to shake the case, Landers sets out to do what the police have not. [A Novelette]
Mix Me a Murder
By Jack Bates
Price: $1.69 USD. Words: 12,170. Language: English. Published: January 29, 2013 by MindWingsAudio. Category: Fiction
Scott Lumly is invited to attend the grand opening of Acrylic, a bar-slash-bistro, by his friend Erica Perzyk. The introduction of the owner, Akio Kitagawa internationally renowned mixologist, is interrupted by a boisterous man declaring he is a guest. The rowdy man finally takes a seat at Scott and Erica’s table. Shortly after, the owner collapses while greeting Erica in the reception line.
Justice Comes to Sorrow (Sorrow #3)
By Jack Bates
Series: The Sheriff of Sorrow, Book 3. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 11,310. Language: English. Published: December 19, 2012 by MindWingsAudio. Category: Fiction
When the hangman was found murdered and Jenny Primm discovered missing, Sheriff Caleb Haskell setout with his deputy, Nils Frosen, to track down the suspects. There were now three murders and the execution of an innocent man was drawing near. He needed answers and instinct told him that he was on the right track to getting the truth. [A Novelette]
Trouble Comes to Sorrow (Sorrow #2)
By Jack Bates
Series: The Sheriff of Sorrow, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 11,320. Language: English. Published: October 30, 2012 by MindWingsAudio. Category: Fiction
The jury in Sorrow has found Junior Collins guilty of murder. Aggie St. Pierre says he’s not the killer. When Cal Haskell, the sheriff of Sorrow, asks for proof, she responds with ‘a gut feeling.’ Cal agrees to take a closer look. He was warned about some of the men in town, hungry for a hanging and possibly taking the law into their own hands. Did the jury get it wrong?
Meatballs & Murder
By Jack Bates
Series: Harry Landers, Book 11. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 11,140. Language: English. Published: August 20, 2012 by MindWingsAudio. Category: Fiction
Amanda Paluzzi’s fiancé, Anthony Nigliazzo, is found murdered. The Amato brothers, rivals of Anthony in the restaurant business, are blamed by the victim’s family. Harry Landers is hired by Amanda, a friend from his past, to investigate. The Nigliazzos are bent on revenge and frustrated that Harry is involved in what they regard as a family concern. [novelette]
The Sheriff of Sorrow
By Jack Bates
Series: The Sheriff of Sorrow, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 11,060. Language: English. Published: May 24, 2012 by MindWingsAudio. Category: Fiction
Cal Haskell is brought to a remote, industrialized town in Michigan’s northern tier by a group of wealthy men who want him to be the sheriff. Cal quickly discovers that the men care more for their wealth than they do for their workers, citizens, or even families. Caught up in class and racial struggles, Cal finds his concept of justice is in great contrast to the men who intend to hire him.
The Girl Whose Life Went Up in Smoke
By Jack Bates
Series: Harry Landers, Book 10. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,030. Language: English. Published: August 28, 2011 by MindWingsAudio. Category: Fiction
A chance encounter with a past client pushes private investigator Harry Landers into looking for answers he felt he never really got. A year earlier, Norman Elliot and his wife had asked Harry to find their daughter, Jessica (The Girl with the Dragon Wing Eyes). A year later the idyllic world the parents tried to create unravels.
Only the Dead Will Whisper
By Jack Bates
Series: Harry Landers, Book 9. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,150. Language: English. Published: February 27, 2011 by MindWingsAudio. Category: Fiction
(5.00 from 1 review)
When private investigator Harry Landers is contacted by an ex-love hoping to find her missing husband, he can’t help but become entangled in his feelings for her and his responsibilities as a professional. As stone wall after stone wall hinders Harry’s investigation, he soon discovers that digging around in the past is as dangerous for him as it is for his client
The Bending of Glass
By Jack Bates
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,790. Language: English. Published: February 27, 2011 by MindWingsAudio. Category: Fiction
Judith, nearly 40, finds herself divorced and living with her mother. She becomes attracted to a female glass artisan, one of her mother’s friends, that has a history of manipulating those who care about her. While exhibiting their works at an art show, Judith and her mother become entangled in a grisly murder.
Lake Solitude
By Jack Bates
Series: Harry Landers, Book 8. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,190. Language: English. Published: December 27, 2010 by MindWingsAudio. Category: Fiction
Troubled by recent events involving his grandson, Ronny “C-Note” Palazolo asks Harry Landers to look into the mysterious disappearance of a boy Ronny barely knew fifty years earlier when he did a little time in a boys’ work camp as a teen. As Harry pries into the past, he discovers horrors that nobody should ever have to experience.
The Butcher's Heir
By Jack Bates
Series: Harry Landers, Book 7. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,580. Language: English. Published: August 20, 2010 by MindWingsAudio. Category: Fiction
When the son of a long missing union president turns to him for help, private investigator Harry Landers delves into a mystery that spans two decades. The deeper Harry digs, the more mythical the legend of Lane Shanks grows. With each step he takes, Harry finds the path to the truth becoming increasingly dangerous.
Satan's School for Scandal
By Jack Bates
Series: Harry Landers, Book 6. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,390. Language: English. Published: July 24, 2010 by MindWingsAudio. Category: Fiction
When her husband’s political aspirations take on a sinister overtone, socialite and politician Victoria Buckingham consults Private Investigator Harry Landers, hoping to unlock the mystery of her husband’s erratic behavior. Is he planning her demise with a little assistance from the dark side; or, has the stress of her own political campaign begun to affect her rationale?
The Girl with the Dragon Wing Eyes
By Jack Bates
Series: Harry Landers, Book 5. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,250. Language: English. Published: March 26, 2010 by MindWingsAudio. Category: Fiction
(4.00 from 1 review)
Harry Landers takes on a case for two distraught parents who hope their missing daughter is just stretching her wings and will want to return to the nest before much more time passes. The trail leads him to a medieval festival populated by everyday people who pretend to be part of a fantasy world. He discovers how dark and dangerous it can become for a young woman like Jessica Elliot.
A Murder of Crows
By Jack Bates
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,890. Language: English. Published: November 8, 2009 by MindWingsAudio. Category: Fiction
The former lead singer of a heavy metal band cheats his former group out of their severance pay and sets out on the road with no particular plan. When an opportunity for a big score presents itself, the drifter finds himself sticking around a woman when he knows he would be better off getting back on the road.
A Model for Murder
By Jack Bates
Series: Harry Landers, Book 4. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,450. Language: English. Published: November 8, 2009 by MindWingsAudio. Category: Fiction
Harry Landers finds himself part of the glamour crowd when a supermodel, engaged to a wealthy auto parts manufacturer, receives a threatening note from an anonymous admirer. As Harry races the clock to protect the beautiful model, he stumbles upon two unsolved murders that happen fifteen years apart but could be linked by the same killer’s hand.
Ten Minutes After Midnight
By Jack Bates
Series: Harry Landers, Book 3. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,300. Language: English. Published: November 8, 2009 by MindWingsAudio. Category: Fiction
How do you hide a dead guy everyone wants to kill? When Private Investigator Harry Landers gets strong armed into helping a marked man hide, he learns that the line between his own good doing and the crimes of his client is a very thin one.
Dan Tanna Ain't Dead
By Jack Bates
Series: Harry Landers, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,360. Language: English. Published: November 8, 2009 by MindWingsAudio. Category: Fiction
(5.00 from 1 review)
Harry Landers, believes he is taking on another ho-hum, routine case of infidelity. Before long, however, he finds himself in a quagmire of deceit and murder. Can Harry keep himself clean like his childhood hero Dan Tanna? Or, will he succumb to the temptations he encounters while investigating the adulterous activities of his client's spouse?
Mumbly Peg
By Jack Bates
Series: Harry Landers, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,360. Language: English. Published: November 8, 2009 by MindWingsAudio. Category: Fiction
When a young woman becomes the recipient of a lurid photo of herself with an older married man, she enlists the help of rookie private investigator Harry Landers. Once the intern to a more established PI, Harry uses the skills Stretch taught him as he delves into the case and discovers that sometimes the greatest asset a gumshoe can have is luck.

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