JC Simmons is the author of an Ernest Hemingway biography, several short stories and ten critically acclaimed serial mystery novels, known as the "Jay Leicester Mysteries Series". Included in the series are: Blood On The Vine, Some People Die Quick, Blind Overlook, Icy Blue Descent, The Electra File, Popping the Shine, Four Nines Fine, The Underground Lady, Akel Dama, and The Candela of Cancri, all of which have been recently re-released as ebooks by Nighttime Press LLC.
From the Author's mouth:
My flying career and writing in general was inspired by a single book titled, Fate is the Hunter, by Ernest K. Gann. Writing specifically as a style was manifest due to a single book titled, Ernest Hemingway: A Life Story, by Carlos Baker, Hemingway’s official biographer. A friend and Emergency Room doctor, Edgar Grissom, who would later publish the definitive bibliography on Hemingway, Ernest Hemingway: A Descriptive Bibliography, loaned me his copy of Baker’s bio one summer back in the early 70s. The rest, as they say, is history.
During the next few years, I read everything by and about Hemingway. Never has a writer influenced me more. My first foray into the world of letters was to be about Hemingway. John Evans, owner of Lemuria Books, and my mentor in all things literati, pointed out that there were literally hundreds of bios on Hemingway. However, a scholarly study on the man and his work had never been done in a Q&A format. So was born the “Workbook.”
Evans, Grissom, Evan’s store manager, Tom Gerald and his assistant Valerie Sims, all collaborated on the manuscript. It took two years to finish. I learned much on the journey.
It was from this endeavor with the Hemingway bio that emerged the Jay Leicester Murder/Mystery series. Even the name Leicester came from Hemingway’s brother, who also published a bio, My Brother Ernest Hemingway, in 1961.
Hemingway once said he “learned to write landscapes by looking at the paintings of Cezanne in the Louvre in Paris,” and “that it’s not how much one puts into a book, but what the writer leaves out that makes the story.” From him I learned how to write true dialogue, and how to add the sights, sounds, and smells so that the reader feels he is there. While I did not try and copy his style, thousands have tried and failed, I did take what he offered and used it well, I hope. You the reader will make that determination.
J.C. Simmons was born, raised, educated, and stayed in the great State of Mississippi. He is a retired Airline/Corporate pilot and lives with his wife on the family farm in Union, Mississippi where he is working on a autobiographical work detailing his life and times as a pilot.
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Ernest Miller Hemingway: A Workbook
By JC Simmons
Published: January 4, 2014.
Hemingway’s life, from birth to death and beyond is covered in a unique and divisive format that all who study the book will come away with much knowledge about the man, his life, and his work.
Blood on the Vine
The crash of a Gulfstream V corporate jet with three of his friends aboard leads Leicester from Mississippi to the Napa Valley wine country in California where he becomes involved with an old world family winery, the investigation of the crash, murder, and a beautiful raven-haired siren who could love him or kill him, and a beautiful blond who just might kill him for real.
Some People Die Quick
Pristine offshore islands, coastlines ruined by casino hotels, and Gulf of Mexico waters is the setting for intrigue, horror, and quick death. A must read for any aficionado of the Mystery/Thriller genre.
The Candela of Cancri
J.C. Simmons, returns with the tenth in the Jay Leicester series. From Gulf of Mexico waters to mountain ski resorts, Leicester (pronounced "Lester") deals with the disappearance of close friend and retired Radiologist, J.D. Ballard, who has long fought for FDA approval of a noninvasive cure for cancer he believes is being suppressed by the medical aristocracy simply for power, money, and prestige
AKEL DAMA is exciting and well written, with pervasive humanity and the grit of truth. This work tells a vivid and compelling story, reminding us that we live amid pending horror. This is an impressive evocation of a threat of terrorism around the world at a crucial time in history. It is an important work that will be useful to all who are interested in the world from this time on.
Four Nines Fine
One hundred million dollars' worth of pure gold traded for stolen military arms... the brutal murder of a Mexican Governor... the involvement of La Eme, the Mexican Mafia, Outlaw Motorcycle gangs, and violent street gangs, and a contract ordered on his life... These are the pieces of the puzzle Jay Leicester must put together to save not only himself, but those of innocent people working with him
The Underground Lady
A small airplane mysteriously disappears in the dense piney woods of Mississippi. The pilot, a young widow named Hadley Welch is the lone occupant. Now, 25 years later, her daughter hires Aviation Consultant, Jay Leicester, to investigate. Jealously, revenge, and murder with colorful and deadly characters, all heading toward one climatic question: What happened to Hadley Welch and her airplane?
Popping the Shine
New Orleans settings, gangland murder, police corruption, and international drug operations are the backdrop for J.C. Simmons' sixth serial mystery. Jay Leicester (pronounced "Lester"), private investigator, is drawn into a worldwide drug manufacturing operation when an old family friend's grandson is brutally murdered and nailed to a French Quarter street in New Orleans, Louisiana.
The Electra File
Jay Leicester, P.I., is hired to find a missing sailboat which is eventually found scuttled offshore with the bodies of two individuals associated with the new gaming industry in Biloxi, Mississippi. After another killing, this of a mayoral candidate who openly opposed the gambling industry, much suspicion is directed towards casino officials. Leicester's mandate: Solve the case or die trying.
Icy Blue Descent
What appears to be an ordinary matter of a missing person is suddenly magnified, as aviation consultant/P.I. Leicester (pronounced "Lester") plunges into the world of high finance, drug dealers, and murder. He ranges from Mississippi to Miami to islands in the Bahamas, tracking men and women who are pursuing the fast buck in the drug trade, and comes close to an icy blue descent
Blind Overlook (FULL VERSION): A beautiful, enigmatic young woman who owns an art gallery in New Orleans hires Jay Leicester (pronounced "Lester") to travel to Maine where a body has been found fitting the description of her brother. Delving into this situation leads Leicester straight into a confrontation with the most powerful Mafia figure in the United States and many suspicious locals.
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