I was born in Rector, Arkansas, a small farming based town in Northeast Arkansas. Later, my parents moved to St. Louis in search of better economic opportunity. At age 16, disallusioned and bored with the “One Size Fits All” educational system, I dropped out in the 10th grade.
Just as soon as I turned 17, I joined the Marine Corps. The education the Corps provided, wasn't always polite and pleasant, but it most certainly was not boring. My four year enlistment included one year in South Vietnam. 7 November, 1965 to 6 November, 1966. At the end of my enlistment, having attained the rank of Sgt E-5, I returned to civilian life.
After nine months as an Industrial Engineering Clerk, I took advantage of an opportunity to move into transportation. For the next 34 years, I was a dispatcher and driver supervisor in the Trucking Industry.
In 2011, the rise in popularity of E-books caught my attention. A life long avid reader, I'd always believed I could write a book, but didn't know how to go about getting it published. The birth of E-Books changed all that. In the fall of 2011, fulfilling a life long dream, I published my first book, The Sparrows Whisper.
Today, my wife, Mary Katherine, and I, live in a small rural town in Southwestern Illinois. With the encouragement of family and friends, I've published a total of 13 novels. The split between my books has been divided pretty evenly between Mysteries and Westerns. Work on number 14, is under way.
For all those that have taken the time to read my books, I appreciate your interest very much.
St. Louis is plagued by a serial killer. Detectives Ross and Cafferty are assigned the job of catching the serial killer. What they don't know, is there may be more than just one, and it's possible they are working independently of each other. If these people are not stopped, nobody is safe. Not even the cops. The action is fast, and intrigue abounds, as the story rushes to a powerful ending.
Half Past Murder
Mickey Brennan returns in the third of his series. This time Mickey must shake off guilt for his secretary's death. He will need a clear head. He signs on to protect a client from Shakespeare, perhaps the best hired killer in the world. Mickey will travel to Colorado, Switzerland, and Austria, hoping to lure Shakespeare into a trap. The question is, will Mickey be the trapper or the trapped?
If By Chance
The Eaton Clan Saga continues. Vol. 3 of the Eaton story has Chance Eaton gone to rescue his sister Dakota from ranchers who are accusing her of rustling their cattle, and are threatening to burn her out, or to hang her for cattle theft. Her husband has been murdered, and only her brother Chance, and his skill with a six gun, stand in the way of her meeting the same fate.
When Brennan's sister is almost killed by Rossi, a professional killer, the police are unable to do anything for lack of evidence. Mickey decides to throw away the rule book, and ensure that his sister will not have to live in fear. Up against Rossi and his men, the hunter becomes the hunted, as Mickey is forced to use all his skills just to stay alive. The action is fast paced, and deadly.
Scarlett Stone, the hottest female singer in country music, is found murdered in her home. A veteran country singer, Darlene Thomas is seen running out of the house with the murder weapon, and blood on her clothes. She's given life in prison, and her daughter hires a private investigator, Mickey Brennan to try and clear her mom.
Mickey has nothing to go on, but he never learned to quit.
At 13, Benjamin finds that before she died, his mother left him a box of letters, written when he was a small child. It was her hope that these letters would give him a better understanding of not only her life, but more importantly, the truth behind the unmarked grave on the west fence, that she had always refused to talk about.
Come join Ben, and take the journey, as he reads her letters.
Shakespeare, Mark Twain, and Me
Spencer Blackfeather and his wife were ambushed at their home.
Since it will be months before he's back on his feet, Spencer turns to an old Marine Corps buddy from days past, Security expert Lane Tanner, to bring the assassins to justice using any method necessary, even if it's not legal.
If you like a fast moving mystery, with plenty of intrigue, I think this is a book you will probably enjoy.
And Then Came Murder
Police Lt. Ryan McDonnell is jolted one day when he gets word that Tim Harding, who saved his life in Vietnam 20 years earlier, has been murdered in Wyoming.
The local cops have no clues or suspects. Ryan goes there to conduct his own investigation, bringing attempts on his own life.
He's also surprised to find romance that he didn't expect.
The trick is, can he stay alive?
Return To Ballyickeen
When word arrives that his cousin has been murdered on the orders of an evil and powerful nobleman in his homeland of Ireland, Sean Eaton is moved to act.
Leaving an old friend to guard his family in frontier Colorado, Sean begins the trip to Ireland to settle accounts, knowing well his chances of returning alive are remote.
His cousin is dead because he saved Sean's life. Honor demands revenge.
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Who knows what the consequences of a seemingly insignificant act might turn out to be?
Who is to know what would have happened if Holly Watson had not decided to have her second cup of coffee on the front porch that morning?
How was she to know that an escaped murderer had spotted her, and was already sneaking into her house?
What would the cost of that second cup of coffee turn out to be?
The Marshal and The Madam
A town Marshal and the town Madam, both carry baggage from their pasts, both have feelings for each other. Can they overcome the boundaries between them? With a gang set on killing the Marshal, will he and the Madam ever have a chance to discover a future together? Unlike Gunsmoke, this story has a history, and a future for these two. Two great stories in one.
Follow The Sun
In the early1800s, Sean Eaton is forced to flee Ireland. Arriving in Boston with nothing but the clothes on his back, he is forced into servitude. Escaping, Sean heads west in search of freedom, and falls in love with a Mohegan girl. Together they follow the sun in search of a place where they can raise their family in freedom and offer their children a better future.
The Sparrows Whisper
In 1953, John David Shannon returned to his home town after the Korean War, to search for answers to his future.
John is stunned when he finds himself appointed Chief of police. Stunned turns to confusion when he discovers the Mayor does not want a three year old murder investigated.
He will also find that there are people who will kill to keep the secrets behind this 3 year old murder buried.
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