R.D. Byron-Smith

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Retired as a crime reporter, R.D. Byron-Smith spent four decades covering murder and mayhem for daily newspapers. He now brings an insider's perspective to his crime novels. He is published by Pilar Publishing, and lives in Southern California.

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The Water Board Jungle
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 37,960. Language: English. Published: February 6, 2015 by R.D. Byron-Smith. Category: Essay » Political
In this provocative yet often strangely funny "narrative essay" political satirist Franklin Alfred Kirby Edwards, whose personal tastes include conversations in Latin with friends over an iced glass of chardonnay, writes with clear vision and logical breadth about the CIA's infamous enhanced interrogation program, 2002-06. His views are sure to upset lefties, even right-handed ones.
Farley's Change of Life
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 33,300. Language: English. Published: May 13, 2014 by R.D. Byron-Smith. Category: Fiction » Literature » Plays & Screenplays
Living in an industrial and historically racially divided Midwestern city, a retired accountant is attacked on the street by an African-American teen-ager playing the so-called “knockout game.” Angered by cultural changes, and tired of being kicked around by gangsters, Farley Limes lashes out. The white-on-black shooting makes national TV, and plummets the 67-year-old man's life into chaos.
Town Without Guns
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 43,770. Language: English. Published: February 16, 2013 by R.D. Byron-Smith. Category: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Political
When tragedy strikes his school fifth-grader Nathan Granger comes up with a unique way to end gun violence in his tiny rural town. But is this intelligent, resourceful boy big enough to smash heads with one of America's most powerful gun organizations? A thought-provoking story for our troubled times.


American Jihadist
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 85,510. Language: English. Published: April 13, 2015. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
In this novel of good versus true evil, medieval history professor and ex-Delta Force operator Eric Craig crusades for a radical plan to defeat world terrorism. He creates a secret American army of Christian knights in armor who are anything but politically correct -- they're lethal in the extreme.
Foul Play: A Tale of Fastballs, Murder and Redemption Behind Bars
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 16,770. Language: English. Published: September 25, 2014. Category: Fiction » Inspirational
While prison and baseball don't fit together perfectly like a slow curveball and catcher's mitt, Foul Play: A Tale of Fastballs, Murder and Redemption Behind Bars is a character-driven novella that hits one emotional triple after another, leaving readers longing for extra innings because they will never forget the bottom of the ninth.
Blogmania 2
Price: Free! Words: 10,530. Language: English. Published: June 13, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Politics and Current Affairs » Current affairs
In his second installment of blogs novelist R.D. Byron Smith continues the wit, humor and intellectual rigor of the Blogmania Series. While he doesn’t neglect his core competence of commentary on the whacky world of law, “There Go Da Judge” being a perfect for instance, he also offers up a funny delivery room scene in a personal blog, “A Father’s Story.”
7 Stories of Flash Fiction
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,130. Language: English. Published: May 27, 2014. Category: Fiction » Literature » Plays & Screenplays
When you read novelist R.D. Byron-Smith's books you remember the climax because it's a shocker, an unsuspected twist, often ironic, sometimes paradoxical, but always both rewarding and unforgettable. In this compilation of flash fiction, with no story longer than 1,000 words, the author delivers big time. Each story marches apace towards an unexpected and intellectually stimulating conclusion.
Killing Socrates
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 26,410. Language: English. Published: January 2, 2014. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
In this contemporary novella, the third book in the Detective Tom Briggs Mystery series, a public school superintendent is brutally attacked after laying off teachers in an affluent Southern California city, and the pugnacious police detective is called in to investigate. Within days Briggs and his young partner are led into a sinister world of sex slavery, bizarre secret societies and murder.
The Heart Never Sleeps
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 28,980. Language: English. Published: October 31, 2013. Category: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
In this novella of contemporary love and self-discovery, a middle-aged professional woman and confessed "cougar", is assigned to write about a GI who miraculously awakens from a coma four decades after being wounded in war. She soon learns she has strong feelings for, and much in common with this attractive man, and the life he never got to live.
Price: Free! Words: 7,860. Language: English. Published: October 4, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Humor and satire
In this pithy, sardonic but often hilarious collection of blogs novelist R.D. Byron-Smith shows why his work is popular with ebook readers. From a moving tribute following the death of his dog to an appellate court's "shanking" of an outlaw motorcycle gang, the blogs are packed with the pathos of life.
Murder Under London Bridge
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 42,410. Language: English. Published: April 29, 2013. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
When mutilated bodies of young women begin bobbing up under famed London Bridge in the Arizona desert, Detective Garret Browning soon learns these aren't cut-and-dried, big-city serial murders. He is thrust into a world of Native American legend, supernatural lore and ancient vendettas, where, when the bloodthirsty walk upright, it doesn't mean they're human.
Dinner With A Killer
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 44,090. Language: English. Published: December 17, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » True Crime » Murder
Three decades ago a nurse single-handedly plunged Southern California into a health care panic in which doctors feverishly scoured medical charts to see if any of their patients had been murdered. Bodies were dug up and autopsied. This memoir by the newspaper reporter who covered the case features a dinner with the killer, who, between bites of beefsteak, talks about victims -- before his arrest!
Cracking Up The Weatherman
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,640. Language: English. Published: October 14, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Television
Behind the scenes look at practical jokes played on on-air broadcasters in radio and television, as told to the author by the pranksters and their victims.
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 13,060. Language: English. Published: October 2, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Social Science » Death & Dying
Ever wonder what's carved on Sonny Bono's tombstone? How about Al Capone's? Or take the Rhode Island dentist who left this funny and fitting epitaph etched on his headstone: "I'm filling my last cavity." From the Old West's Boothill to the cemetery on Main Street, the last words chiseled on hundreds of headstones in American come to life in this fascinating and well-researched book.
Back In Saigon
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 35,110. Language: English. Published: September 21, 2012. Category: Fiction » Literature » War
In a story of love and war Joshua Meadows, who was a war baby airlifted from Saigon in the bloody days of its fall, returns to Vietnam four decades later in search of the birth mother he never knew. In Saigon he stumbles into a web of treachery and international intrigue, and falls for a Vietnamese beauty who holds the dramatic secrets of his past locked in her heart.
The Detective's Vice
Series: Detective Tom Briggs Murder Mystery, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 96,070. Language: English. Published: March 9, 2012. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
The mentally ill son of a police detective helps hunt for a serial killer whose crimes are mysteriously linked to the novels of Ernest Hemingway, a manhunt that seeks clues in Hemingway's Paris of the 1920s, and leads the detective on a journey of personal reckoning with demons he has long suppressed, which include that his own son is a suspect.
The Red Peacock Murders
Series: Detective Tom Briggs Murder Mystery, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 90,170. Language: English. Published: March 7, 2012. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Hours before the gas-chamber execution of a man convicted of hacking to death a California family 20 years ago, a reporter tries to stop the execution by convincing the only survivor of the grisly attack that the man might have been framed by law enforcement, with the help of her newspaper. Meanwhile, a ghastly apparition watches and waits, seeking its own kind of justice.
The Koi Pond
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 13,100. Language: English. Published: February 26, 2012. Category: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
When an aging baby boomer is disinherited by his cruel millionaire mother, he plots revenge -- at her funeral.
Confessions of a Paralegal
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 40,140. Language: English. Published: February 21, 2012. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
When a young paralegal lands his first job with a high-powered Southern California trial attorney defending a wife-killer cop, he learns lessons they never taught in law school, and probably never will.
The Collector
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,470. Language: English. Published: February 5, 2012. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
A mysterious box of old papers bought at an estate sale by a retired investigator is full of secrets about an infamous murder at one of Calfornia's most famous theme parks, and the case quickly becomes his obsession to solve -- forty years after the crime.
The Ashcan Writers Club
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,990. Language: English. Published: January 29, 2012. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
When a group of mismatched old hacks forms a writers club at their retirement community, they soon learn that words bring out the worst in them, and live forever after.

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