Richard Dorrance lives next door to Gwenny and Roger June in America's most beautiful town, Charleston, South Carolina. Four days after moving into his house on Church St., Richard heard gunfire on the other side of the 200 year old brick wall that separates his historic property from the June's. Being of stout heart, he stood on a chair and looked over the wall, where he saw Gwenny sitting on a wooden milk crate, holding a gun and looking at the wall along the back line of her property, where Richard could see small craters in the wall and brick chips on the ground underneath. The appearance of his head above the wall caught Gwen's eye, and she looked at him with a dazzling smile.
She said, "Hey. Sorry about the noise, but I just had to sight this new baby in. Looks like it pulls a hair to the left." She got up, went over to the wall, and offered him a handshake.
Richard never had had the inclination to kiss a woman's hand, old-fashioned style, but he did now. He would discover that Gwen made a lot of men feel and think things they never had before. He controlled himself, shook her hand regular style, and asked, "Don't the police mind you firing a gun in the back yard?"
She said, "They do, or used to, but after they come to check it out they seem to leave satisfied. I don't do it very often. We like a quiet neighborhood."
That was a few years ago, and since then Richard and the Junes have become good friends. So good, in fact, that Richard started writing books about them and the capers they get involved in. You can read excerpts from these books on Richard's website.
Before meeting the Junes and being stimulated to record their multifarious lives in a series of comedy cum caper novels, Richard worked for many years as an historical preservationist for the National Park Service. He now finds living vicariously through his neighbors exploits to be much more interesting. He also really likes the June's dog, who communicates with him telepathically. Occasionally, as Richard works on a book, the Junes try to hide something from him about one of their capers, but the dog always squeals and tells the whole story.
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Gwenny June's Tommy Crown Affair
Gwenny June's husband is out of town for a couple of months, and she gets bored. So what does she do but steal the most famous painting in Charleston, and hang it in her livingroom. The insurance company sends their best investigator, and soon he is on her trail. Just like in the famous movie, they fall for each other, Tommy Crown alternately courting her and trying to throw her in jail.
Little Jinny Blistov is a gangster who arrives in the US in the unheated hold of an Aeroflot cargo plane. He meets, make enemies of, then friends with, the aristocratic Gwenny and Roger June of Charleston. It isn't long before he convinces them to steal artifacts from warehouses of the Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Then Stirg, a Russian billionaire and adversary of theirs, objects.
Gwenny and Roger June make a friend and an enemy. The friend is a beautiful young Russian woman they catch in their house at 3am, armed with a gun. The enemy is her grandfather, a billionaire former Nazi hunter. Gwenny June is the best there is, at everything, and the game is on again in America's most beautiful town.
The Ayatollah's Money
Gwenny and Roger June are in London where they meet a beautiful Iranian woman. They spend time together visiting cultural sites, and then she follows them home to Charleston, South Carolina. What they don't find out until later is that before she left her home in Tehran, she stole ALL of The Ayatollah's money, and now some nasty boys in turbans are after her ass with malice aforethought.
The Lost Ballet
Another in the series of caper novels staring Gwenny and Roger June, who live in America's most beautiful town, Charleston, SC. In a secret compartment of an antique desk they find a musical score by Igor Stravinsky, and decide to produce the world premier of this lost ballet. Also staring Pete Townshend of THE WHO, Catherine Deneuve, and Mikhail Baryshnikov. And of course Stirg, their enemy.
The Kidnapping of Paul McCartney
Paul McCartney is walking down the street with his daughter Stella and her friend, Anna, when they are approached by a woman and her butler, who is armed with a gun. They kidnap them and the woman conscripts Paul into writing a rock opera. Gwen and Roger June are aristocratic friends of theirs, who have reason to carry guns, and they don't like their friends being kidnapped. The hunt is on.
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