Lee Atterbury


About the Author: Lee R. Atterbury is a trial lawyer in Middleton, WI. He lives with his wife and nine horses. He is working on two other novels featuring Jim Taylor and Buck.

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
I started writing in 2005. My first novel took almost seven years to finish. It was a learning experience since it had been over thity years since I'd been in college. After college all my writing had been legal writing--briefs, etc.--which would put a normal person to sleep. So I had to learn plotting, characterization, and all the other nuts and bolts of writing a novel. My first draft was about twenty five thousand words. I showed it to a friend and he said it was a nice outline! About three years into the project I threw out half of what I'd written and expanded what was left. While I was revising the first book I started the second book. This turned out to be a great idea as I was able to let the first one sit for a while and let my subconscious cook it. I'm now hard at the third book in the series. The mechanics are much easier and I can concentrate on storytelling.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I started writing because I really enjoy crime novels and mysteries. When I got fed up with rejection letters a friend suggested the indie route. I connected with a great publisher and never looked back.
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Where to buy in print


Death Squad: A Hunted Man Must Trust His Horse
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 59,860. Language: English. Published: May 24, 2019 . Categories: Fiction » Western, Fiction » Western
Jim Taylor has blood on his hands. After making the decision to kill or be killed far too many times, he and his partner, Hook, have made it easy for anyone to retrace the path they followed in their quest to protect the public from some of the most depraved criminals around. People simply follow the trail of dead bodies.
Death Squad: Part Four - Judgement Day
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 16,060. Language: English. Published: October 19, 2018 . Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
As the conclusion of “Death Squad” nears, the lines between good and evil are more blurred than ever. Has Jim Taylor pushed his luck too far this time? Perhaps. Some will live and some will die as one man alone decides it’s Judgement Day.
Death Squad: Part Three - In the Crosshairs
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 16,240. Language: English. Published: July 14, 2018 . Categories: Fiction » Western, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
This continuation of Death Squad represents part three of the fifth novel written by Lee Atterbury in a series devoted to the tales of Jim Taylor and his horse Buck. Entitled In the Crosshairs, the story takes some unexpected turns.
Death Squad: Part Two - Seduction
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 15,860. Language: American English. Published: March 14, 2018 . Categories: Fiction » Western, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
This continuation of Death Squad represents part two of the fifth novel written by Lee Atterbury in a series devoted to the tales of Jim Taylor and his horse, Buck. Entitled “Part Two: Seduction”, tensions are rising ever higher as Jim Taylor, who first came to Wyoming to retire after a long and challenging career as a lawyer back in Wisconsin, finds another bad guy looking in his direction.
Death Squad: Part One - Secrets & Lies
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 14,490. Language: English. Published: January 18, 2018 . Categories: Fiction » Western, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Bison, Wyoming was a sleepy little town. Which is exactly why Deputy Jim Taylor moved there in the first place. All he’d wanted was peace, quiet, solitude and plenty of room to ride his horse Buck in the mountain wilderness he loved. Then he found the first dead body and an avalanche of killings and media attention began. Now the FBI wants to know if Deputy Taylor could be involved.
Big Fracking Mess
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 63,160. Language: English. Published: September 2, 2017 . Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Contract killers, hit men, and one fracking operation. All have something to hide. At all costs. Jim Taylor, Buck and Hook have their hands full. Are they the sheriff's death squad? Relentless contract killers hired to kill a child ... hit men sent to silence them.
Meeteetse Massacre
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 68,200. Language: English. Published: July 11, 2014 . Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action
A serial killer lurks in the Wyoming wilderness. Jim Taylor and his horse, Buck, become reluctant participants in the hunt for a killer. They struggle through a blizzard to rescue a wounded FBI agent. Will the killer escape the hunters to claim more lives? Man and horse must find a way to stop the slaughter. The second in the author's Jim Taylor and Buck series of western adventure novels.
Solitude Showdown
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 67,950. Language: English. Published: July 10, 2014 . Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action
Jim Taylor, a sixty something lawyer, has abandoned his life of grinding responsibilities and disasters and has come to the Wyoming wilderness seeking a peaceful, simple life. Life proves to be neither simple nor peaceful when Jim witnesses a murder and kidnapping. Alone in the mountains with his horse, Buck, as his only companion, Jim must overcome the worst that nature can throw at him.

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