R.D. Byron-Smith

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Retired as a crime reporter, R.D. Byron-Smith spent four decades covering murder and mayhem for daily newspapers. He now brings an insider's perspective to his crime novels. He is published by Pilar Publishing, and lives in Southern California.

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Starr Report on the Impeachment of President Clinton
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 49,350. Language: English. Published: May 15, 2015 by R.D. Byron-Smith. Categories: Nonfiction » Politics and Current Affairs » White house
The report that rocked America. The Starr Report provides every lurid detail of the Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky sexual affair in the White House. As editor Franklin Alfred Kirby Edwards notes in his preface: "Even today, for historical perspective, it is the singularly most prurient report involving an investigation of a sitting president in the 238-year existence of the Republic."
The Water Board Jungle
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 37,960. Language: English. Published: February 6, 2015 by R.D. Byron-Smith. Categories: Essay » Political
In this provocative yet often strangely funny "narrative essay" political satirist Franklin Alfred Kirby Edwards, whose personal tastes include conversations in Latin with friends over an iced glass of chardonnay, writes with clear vision and logical breadth about the CIA's infamous enhanced interrogation program, 2002-06. His views are sure to upset lefties, even right-handed ones.
Farley's Change of Life
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 33,300. Language: English. Published: May 13, 2014 by R.D. Byron-Smith. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Plays & Screenplays
Living in an industrial and historically racially divided Midwestern city, a retired accountant is attacked on the street by an African-American teen-ager playing the so-called “knockout game.” Angered by cultural changes, and tired of being kicked around by gangsters, Farley Limes lashes out. The white-on-black shooting makes national TV, and plummets the 67-year-old man's life into chaos.
Town Without Guns
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 43,770. Language: English. Published: February 16, 2013 by R.D. Byron-Smith. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Political, Fiction » Literature » Coming of age
When tragedy strikes his school fifth-grader Nathan Granger comes up with a unique way to end gun violence in his tiny rural town. But is this intelligent, resourceful boy big enough to smash heads with one of America's most powerful gun organizations? A thought-provoking story for our troubled times.

Books

Blogmania 3
Price: Free! Words: 13,740. Language: English. Published: July 13, 2015. Categories: Essay » Legal, Essay » Political
Third in novelist R.D. Byron-Smith's non-babbling, Blogmania series.
Blogmania 2
Price: Free! Words: 10,530. Language: English. Published: June 13, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Politics and Current Affairs » Current affairs
In his second installment of blogs novelist R.D. Byron Smith continues the wit, humor and intellectual rigor of the Blogmania Series. While he doesn’t neglect his core competence of commentary on the whacky world of law, “There Go Da Judge” being a perfect for instance, he also offers up a funny delivery room scene in a personal blog, “A Father’s Story.”
7 Stories of Flash Fiction
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,130. Language: English. Published: May 27, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Plays & Screenplays, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
When you read novelist R.D. Byron-Smith's books you remember the climax because it's a shocker, an unsuspected twist, often ironic, sometimes paradoxical, but always both rewarding and unforgettable. In this compilation of flash fiction, with no story longer than 1,000 words, the author delivers big time. Each story marches apace towards an unexpected and intellectually stimulating conclusion.
Blogmania
Price: Free! Words: 7,860. Language: English. Published: October 4, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Humor and satire
In this pithy, sardonic but often hilarious collection of blogs novelist R.D. Byron-Smith shows why his work is popular with ebook readers. From a moving tribute following the death of his dog to an appellate court's "shanking" of an outlaw motorcycle gang, the blogs are packed with the pathos of life.
Cracking Up The Weatherman
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,640. Language: English. Published: October 14, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Television, Nonfiction » Social Science » Media studies
Behind the scenes look at practical jokes played on on-air broadcasters in radio and television, as told to the author by the pranksters and their victims.
Epitaphs
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 13,060. Language: English. Published: October 2, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Social Science » Death & Dying
Ever wonder what's carved on Sonny Bono's tombstone? How about Al Capone's? Or take the Rhode Island dentist who left this funny and fitting epitaph etched on his headstone: "I'm filling my last cavity." From the Old West's Boothill to the cemetery on Main Street, the last words chiseled on hundreds of headstones in American come to life in this fascinating and well-researched book.
The Detective's Vice
Series: Detective Tom Briggs Murder Mystery, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 96,070. Language: English. Published: March 9, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Literature » Literary
The mentally ill son of a police detective helps hunt for a serial killer whose crimes are mysteriously linked to the novels of Ernest Hemingway, a manhunt that seeks clues in Hemingway's Paris of the 1920s, and leads the detective on a journey of personal reckoning with demons he has long suppressed, which include that his own son is a suspect.
The Red Peacock Murders
Series: Detective Tom Briggs Murder Mystery, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 90,170. Language: English. Published: March 7, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Hours before the gas-chamber execution of a man convicted of hacking to death a California family 20 years ago, a reporter tries to stop the execution by convincing the only survivor of the grisly attack that the man might have been framed by law enforcement, with the help of her newspaper. Meanwhile, a ghastly apparition watches and waits, seeking its own kind of justice.
Confessions of a Paralegal
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 40,140. Language: English. Published: February 21, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
When a young paralegal lands his first job with a high-powered Southern California trial attorney defending a wife-killer cop, he learns lessons they never taught in law school, and probably never will.
The Collector
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,460. Language: English. Published: February 5, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
A mysterious box of old papers bought at an estate sale by a retired investigator is full of secrets about an infamous murder at one of Calfornia's most famous theme parks, and the case quickly becomes his obsession to solve -- forty years after the crime.

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