Dan Burley


Dan Burley is a New York-bred writer, musician and artist living in the greater Charlotte area of North Carolina who really doesn't like talking about himself in third person. From a young age, he has had a great affection for crime fiction and even briefly considered a career as a detective or criminal profiler.
However, he ultimately decided writing books about a great detective and his family would prove far less dangerous than personally chasing down monsters.
The jury's still out on whether or not he was correct in that decision.

Smashwords Interview

What's the story behind your latest book?
In a nutshell, I wrote it for my Dad.

In broader scope, my Dad and I are huge fans of TV noir like Veronica Mars, Breaking Bad, True Detective, Terriers, and the like, and I've always had it in the back of my mind that I wanted to tell stories like those. When I came up with the initial idea for the "HARPER mysteries" series, I didn't know what delivery method I was going to use to tell them. I was actually leaning toward making a television pitch.

That is, until the Veronica Mars revival happened and my Dad, who almost never reads, read both of the books over a weekend. Then I went full bore into plotting out these books. I'm thrilled they're finally beginning to trickle out!
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I don't. I come from a family of natural storytellers (who are all probably much more interesting that I am), and since that rubbed off on me right out of the gate, I've always told original stories. The first time I wrote something where I got the feeling I might need to be doing it full-time was in college.
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Where to find Dan Burley online

Where to buy in print


Among The Dirt and Bones
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 128,640. Language: American English. Published: April 30, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
In this "Bully For You" sequel, Detective Reggie Harper and his daughter Elizabeth set out to solve the murder of an old family friend named Robyn Ackerman while an ominous shadow is cast upon Seattle in the form of a series of bizarre, brutal killings. Is Robyn's death connected to these killings, or just another random, unfair death in a random, unfair world?
Teenage Female
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 34,940. Language: American English. Published: December 29, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit, Fiction » Coming of age
"Teenage Female", the dramatic prequel to "Among The Dirt and Bones" (volume two of "the HARPER mysteries"), revolves around Elizabeth Harper's mentoring of a troubled fourteen-year-old girl named Robyn Ackerman.
God Bless The Girl
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 96,830. Language: American English. Published: December 25, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Coming of age, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
This "HARPER mysteries" side story chronicles some of the best and worst years in the lives of Reggie and Maryanne Harper. Through good times and bad, the road they traveled was anything but smooth.
Volume One
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 59,460. Language: American English. Published: December 21, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Biographical
Traumatic through lines in Detective Reggie Harper and his daughter Elizabeth's lives forced them down different, though not dissimilar paths. Paths that often show them the same destination. Paths that point to justice for life's victims. Paths that lead to punishment for the wicked.
When I Met You (Anniversary Edition)
Price: Free! Words: 21,210. Language: American English. Published: December 17, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Coming of age, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
A deep, personal loss in his childhood sent Reggie Harper down an obsessive, taxing path to either become the best detective the state of New York ever saw, or die trying. But raw intensity wears down any soul, no matter how hardened. Eventually, they need anchors to keep them grounded in the real world. They need love, and Reggie is no exception. Enter journalism student Maryanne Hillard.
Bully For You
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 123,360. Language: English. Published: February 13, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
A missing child, an aging drunk, and a personal mystery on a grand stage. "Bully For You" follows cantankerous, slightly-alcoholic private investigator Reggie Harper as he attempts to track down Michael Waller, a missing 11-year-old boy in Seattle, WA. Will Detective Harper find Michael Waller before it's too late, or will something strike him down before he ever gets his feet on the ground?

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