Stories and language are my passion. In elementary school, I asked my 8th grade teacher what language I should take in high school. She said, "Take Latin. It's a great foundation." Uh huh. I took it and found out it was, shall we say, challenging. I took four years of it and added French and Spanish in the last two years. In college, I got a degree in French language and literature, and had a couple of years each of Russian and Arabic. I've picked up a few other languages over the years, operated an international marketing services and translation business, and done tech writing in aerospace companies.
Besides my current mysteries and thrillers, a long time ago I had two "hi-lo" novellas published, high-interest low vocabulary level books for teens with reading problems. They were "Wet Fire" and "Counterfeit!". The publishing company was sold and bought a number of times, and both of the books are still around in various editions.
Originally from Detroit, Michigan, I have lived in the Los Angeles, California, area for many years. And, no, I was never a hippie. Probably just as well.
Murder of a Gardener
Harry Logan is a producer of modest but successful Hollywood movies. One day in May, Harry’s old gardener and friend, Mike Roman, is brutally stabbed to death in Harry’s back yard – for no apparent reason. Who would want to kill an old gardener? There are few clues, but for Harry this is personal, and he gets progressively deeper into solving the mystery... and nearly gets killed in the process.
The Movie Ranch Murders
Harry Logan is a producer of modest Hollywood films. When he decides to make a Western, he rents part of old-time producer Louie Pannetti’s ranch and its ghost town in the Mojave desert for the location shooting.
There turns out to be a lot more shooting than just on film. People get killed, and Harry finds himself, his friends, and his movie in the middle of mobsters and spies.
Student fencer Sylvia Gonzalez receives two odd rings that once belonged to the ancient wizard Merlin. They turn any door into a gate to Tokzor, a parallel world. Tokzor is again ruled by the Gorkalets, this time under Lord Vislan, who has enslaved the other races of Tokzor. Vislan has a steadily growing bond with the force of Evil. Sylvia must stop the evil and prevent its spread to our world.
The Uighur Plot
Thomas McKinley, a recently retired Marine Corps officer, goes to Honduras to research a book on the Contras. There, he meets Honduran-American Elena Johnson de Vasquez – attractive and very good with a gun. They run afoul of a local Arab marijuana grower and trafficker and become embroiled in an international plot involving a rogue U.S. agency operation and the Russian and Chinese governments.
Murder on the Set
The lead actress in Harry Logan's movie "The Versailles Plot," is shot to death with a prop gun during filming. A terrible accident? No, it was murder. Despite repeated warnings from his police friend, Detective Al Lopez, Harry starts poking around to find the killer. A dangerous thing to do.
Harry Logan is a small-time Hollywood movie producer with a sense of humor, a slightly schizophrenic assistant usually named Lilith, and a still-loving and loved ex-wife, Judy, a sharp, gutsy lady. Harry must find his way through old Balkan hatreds to solve the murder of a young Serbian film maker.
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