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Who and what am I? I'm an American expat living in South America working on my next book. In addition to Fireclosure, "Joe Detective" is a seven book noir detective series with number eight coming soon.
I ventured south for a number of good reasons not the least of which is a type of isolation that frees me from California distractions. South America renews me. Ancient culture struggling with the new is interesting since all the "new" is something out of 1950's America.
My background ranges from the detective business to the business of business having been an entrepreneur most of my life in diverse businesses and lifestyles. Rock m'Roll to commerce to consulting to seminars. From real estate investment to a construction outfit. I've done too many things to list and it's hard to remember some.
As such, I've seen the duality of morality in the way society wrestles with being civilized and comes up wanting.
It may be that somehow, by writing things about criminality and simmering violence, I prevent myself from becoming one of my characters. (Leaving the evidence in writing as it were.) My love of the underdog and the realist comes out in my stories.
I'm finally doing what I love best. I'm having new adventures every day and I get to be a story teller. I write for people who know a camp fire and their imaginations are better than 70 millimeter film even with Sound Around. I can only hope they forgive my errors in spelling and my sometimes stumbling expression. I think they do.
In person I display the usual human frailties. I'm neither good nor completely bad. I value my liberty more than anything else, and a small eclectic group of friends.
I love life and stress on it as little as possible. I'm of an age where I'm conscious of time running out. But I look forward to what comes next. As Joe Detective said, "Death is like a traffic accident, you'd love to stay and watch, but you're out of popcorn."
I always make too much popcorn and I think that's what life is about.
Stories I do fairly well, I'm told. But when it comes to writing a personal description I can only say my life is a decades old run-on sentence and you'd have to have been there to understand. Lucky for me, I've outlived the statute of limitations many times and more than a few of mine enemies.
Thanks to my valuable friends...
on May 04, 2012 :
Bringing the detective noir genre into modern times, JH Gordon has created a tough, smart detective character with a heart in Joe Detective. For all those who have pined after good old pulp novels and complained 'they don't write them like they used to,' check out the Joe Detective series. The stories are amusing, filled with engaging characters and, like the gumshoe novels of yesteryear, are real page turners. Get ready for the adventures of a post-modern Philip Marlowe in any of the Joe Detective series by J.H. Gordon.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on May 01, 2012 :
Lots of action, good read!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)