Jess Waid

Biography

In his novels, Jess Waid draws upon his twenty-two years of experience as an LAPD cop. He worked the streets of Hollywood in the early 'sixties and retired as a Lieutenant II, in Robbery-Homicide Division.

While his works are fiction, many of his characters are based on composites of officers he worked with. His stories, in many instances, are based on actual cases.

Jess and his wife Barbara live in the Guadalajara area of Mexico.

Smashwords Interview

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
My enjoyment comes from revealing in fiction form some of my experiences as an LAPD street cop in the early ’60s in Hollywood.
What do your fans mean to you?
It is a plus, especially when I hear from fans. Not being a high-profile fiction writer, I have very few; however, I enjoy very much my relationships with friends and neighbors who have read my books and tell me of their impressions of the stories.
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Series

Mike Montego Police Dramas
Mike Montego, on patrol in Hollywood in the early 60s; He must catch the killer savagely butchering women on his beat; then deal with a series of art thefts, crooked cops, a complicated girlfriend, and bloody mayhem. On plainclothes patrol he has a problem, his partner. Not good. Someone might get hurt—him! When the mother of an old school chum says her son is missing. Montego decides to find his pal. The search takes him into the world of cool jazz and Las Vegas, and involves him with relentless bad guys. About to make detective grade, he finds himself handling more domestic violence cases. One tears at his soul. He risks his career to help the victim. What transpires has him looking at his recent marriage. He wants a child, his wife doesn't. Hoping by being apart for a month she will re-think her role, he flies to Honolulu to train with his sensei’s cousin. On the flight over he meets a young mother with a toddler on a heartbreaking trip to bury her surfer brother murdered days earlier. Montego privately investigates. He gets involved in physical assaults, kidnappings, murder, and with a beautiful Eurasian resulting in a surprise discovery.

Books

Kona Gold - Book #6 in the Mike Montego Series
Series: Mike Montego Police Dramas. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 108,710. Language: English. Published: June 1, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
LAPD detective Mike Montego in Hawaii to clear his mind from a hasty marriage, finds himself involved in a surfer's murder. His investigations enmeshes him in the dangerous world of narcotics smuggling and human trafficking. With both his marriage (courtesy of a gorgeous Eurasian next door neighbor) and his life in jeopardy, Montego cracks the case and makes a surprising discovery in the process.
Circle of Yellow - Book #5 in the Mike Montego Series
Series: Mike Montego Police Dramas. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 131,590. Language: English. Published: December 2, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
Mike Montego, a new homicide detective, gets a case his senior partner calls open-and-shut; but the circumstances bother Montego. Brenda Mackay, a mother of four, one an infant girl, shows signs of severe physical abuse. Montego contacts his lifelong mentor, an ex-homicide detective, now a successful criminal attorney, to defend her. The charge: Murder One. Montego's ex-patrol partner prosecutes.
He Blew Blue Jazz - Book #4 in the Mike Montego Series
Series: Mike Montego Police Dramas. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 114,100. Language: English. Published: November 30, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
L.A. in the early 'sixties, plus cool jazz, hot women, relentless bad guys and one determined cop, Mike Montego. His sax playing high school bud, Eddie, is missing. Montego searches and finally locates Eddie; his pal is in bad shape from drugs; he's scared. He witnessed a mob hit. Montego puts him into rehab. Days later Eddie splits. Montego finds him in Vegas; so does the mob. Can Eddie be saved?
The Purple Hand - Book #3 in the Mike Montego Series
Series: Mike Montego Police Dramas. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 133,330. Language: English. Published: November 30, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
Old mobsters never die. . . . It's Hollywood in the early '60s. Men are brash, women are brassy, and cars are big. Plainclothes cop Mike Montego has a problem, and his name is Neall Haley, who happens to be Montego's new partner. Something's very wrong and Montego needs to find out what, fast, before someone gets hurt--him!
459 - Framed in Red - Book #2 in the Mike Montego Series
Series: Mike Montego Police Dramas. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 105,470. Language: English. Published: November 22, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Young, eager LAPD cop Mike Montego has to deal with a series of art thefts, crooked cops, a passionate, complicated girlfriend, kinky sex, and bloody mayhem. After all, it's Hollywood in the early '60s!
Shades of Blue - Book #1 in the Mike Montego Series
Series: Mike Montego Police Dramas. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 129,980. Language: English. Published: November 20, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
A psycho killer with a bayonet haunts the hills of Hollywood. It's 1961. The Berlin Wall goes up, the Bay of Pigs invasion flops, punks cruise the Boulevard with their tops down blasting Chubby Checker's "Pony Time," and young women with red hair are being savagely butchered on LAPD patrol cop Mike Montego's beat. Something's got to give, and it won't be Montego.

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