Gerald Lane Summers


Gerald Lane Summers is a retired lawyer, writer, and teacher with over thirty years service within the justice system of California. His work as a police officer, probation officer, juvenile court referee, historian and writing instructor have uniquely qualified him to write about the old west, police work and the justice system in general. "The ACCIDENTAL COP" is his third novel. His fourth, "Charming Billy," released in April, 2015, is an historical romance about Billy Brand, VC who fought as a Spitfire pilot during the Battle of Britain and suffers from PTSD. He returns to Britain to face his demons and reestablish his relationship with Countess Moira Sinclair-Lewis.

Both of Mr. Summers' first two books, historically based western action adventures, have received high ratings by reviewers averaging 4.4 to 4.7 stars.

They are: "Mobley's Law," and "Curses," both Mobley Meadows novels. The third and final book in this triolgy will be available in 2014.

The ACCIDENTAL COP, now in second edition, was originally released in February, 2014. It is based broadly on Mr. Summers early police career. He holds the record for wrecked patrol cars in one year at the El Cajon Police Dept. His work as a probation officer and subsequent studies of law and psychology provided him with the expertise to write about the current rash of clerical molestation cases.

A short synopsis of The Accidental Cop follows:

San Diego Detective Sergeant Ben Colder, known as "Choo choo," for running his patrol car into a parked train and wrecking three others in one year, is assigned to investigate the twelve year old murder of a child found in the roots of a tree at the San Diego Mission de Alcala. When his team discovers the murder was the first of many across the nation by a serial killer associated with the Catholic Church, they find themselves being stalked by special operations teams determined to protect the church from scandal.

Mr. Summers can be reached at:

Smashwords Interview

What's the story behind your latest book?
I have written five novels. The first was "Mobley's Law, A Mobley Meadows Novel." As a retired lawyer, I decided to write about the law in the old west. Westerns were then my favorite genre. However, while this remains my best selling book, westerns as genre have not done well modernly. So, after I completed the sequel to Mobley's Law, I wrote "Curses," which follows directly upon the story of Mobley Meadows. After that, I wrote "The Accidental Cop," which was a compilation of my many experiences as a police officer back in the 1960s. Then came Charming Billy. I am a pilot and an amateur historian, in particular of World War II, and decided to combine a story of the Battle of Britain with the hero's (Billy Brand) love affair with the Countess of Sinclair-Lewis. It is a story of aerial combat, social conspiracy, and the lives of the aristocracy. My latest book is "The Scent of a Red Candle." It is a science fiction novel where the hero is again Ben Colder, a detective in San Diego who must track down a serial killer being controlled by a cloud of giant neurons. They have evolved over a period of a billion years on earth and are now facing the destruction of their habitat by man's disregard for the environment. It is a plausible story based on our own relationships with the microbes that protect us and guide our own lives.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I've always wanted to write, and perfected my skills as a legal writer. In 1980, I was honored by the Chief Justice of the 4th District Court of Appeal in San Diego as the best appellate writer in the state. That inspired me to continue writing after I retired. Once started, I discovered a great secret. Writing fiction releases endorphin's which, like some drugs, make you feel very good. Writing legal briefs and appeals require absolute perfection and tends to impart stress hormones on the human body that make you sick. I prefer to feel good.
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Where to find Gerald Lane Summers online

Twitter: @mobleymeadows
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Charming Billy
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 114,340. Language: English. Published: October 2, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » War & military adventure, Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
General William, “Billy” Brand, retired from the RAF and the USAF suffers from PTSD. On the verge of suicide at age 57, he is advised by his psychologist to return to Europe to re-establish his relationship with Countess Moira Sinclair-Lewis, face his fears and air battles during the Battle of Britain and find a way to deal with the horrors that have been haunting him for so long.
The Scent of a Red Candle
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 52,450. Language: English. Published: September 8, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Science fiction » General
A Ben Colder Sci-Fi Mystery Novel. A psychotic serial killer attacks women, surgically cuts them open and leaves a burning red candle to seal the wound.
Curses, A Mobley Meadows Novel
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 93,200. Language: English. Published: May 25, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Western, Fiction » Adventure » General
After saving Texas from the oppressive regime of Governor Edmund Jackson Davis and overseeing the inauguration of Governor Richard Coke, United States Circuit Court Judge Mobley Meadows sets out on a full tour of his court circuit. Accompanied by his two deputy marshals, Edson Rabb and Jack Anthony Lopes, he heads for Cimarron, New Mexico to settle a major land grant dispute.
Mobley's Law, A Mobley Meadows Novel
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 121,960. Language: English. Published: July 12, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Western, Fiction » Adventure » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
Newly appointed U.S. Circuit Court Judge Mobley Meadows finds a way to prevent war between Union and Confederate factions when the Governor of Texas, Edmund Jackson Davis, refuses to step down after being defeated in the election of 1873. Mobley must weigh his sense of honor and morality against the demands of the law, the spectre of war, and the survival of his closest friends and deputies.

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