Gerald Darnell

Biography

AUTHOR’S BIO - Gerald W. Darnell
Geralddarnell@msn.com
http://www.geraldwdarnell.com

A Florida native, Gerald grew up and attended high school in the small town of Humboldt, Tennessee. Following graduation from the University of Tennessee, he spent time in Hopkinsville, KY, Memphis, TN, Boston, MA and Newport, AR before moving back to Florida – where he now lives.

Gerald worked as a Senior Manager with several Fortune 100 companies, before officially retiring in 2007. His non-fiction book, ‘Don’t Wake Me Until It’s Time To Go’, is a bio-narrative including humorous stories and events spanning his life from pre-high school to retirement.

His fiction books are what he calls ‘Fiction for Fun’. They use real geography and include pictures and characters some readers might recognize. The ‘Carson Reno Mystery Series’ are adventure mysteries set in the early 1960 time period, with the primary geography being Memphis and small southern towns. Core characters continue through each book, along with new and unique characters for each story.

During the early 70's the author worked from an office in the Memphis Peabody Hotel, so many of the events about the hotel in Carson Reno’s stories are real, as well as many of the characters you meet.

His books are available at selected bookstores, gift shops, on-line and through Amazon and Barnes and Noble . e-books are available at Amazon’s Kindle and Barnes and Noble’s Nook formats.

Carson Reno Mystery Series

Written by author Gerald W. Darnell, the Carson Reno Mystery Series currently contains 14 adventures. The main character, Carson Reno, is a private detective with an office located in the lobby of the Peabody Hotel in Memphis, Tennessee. The setting is the early 1960’s, and while the many adventures take Carson around the country, most of the stories are centered in West Tennessee and the Southern United States.
Carson is a tough, hard drinking and womanizing private detective – but the author blends humor and character involvement to make the stories an easy read for all ages. Many of the characters continue through each book, but it isn’t necessary to enjoy them in any particular order; each is standalone in story and content. Real geography is mixed with real time events, reflecting the dangerous and turbulent times of our country in the 1960’s. Books are lightly illustrated with real pictures (when available), and they are all rated PG-13 – minimizing language and graphic violence.
Most books are offered in both hard and soft cover, and ebooks of all adventures are available in Amazon’s Kindle and Barnes and Noble Nook formats. Six books have already been created as audio books - these can be found on Audible.com, Amazon.com and iTunes. Additional books are currently in audio production.
All Carson Reno Mystery Series books can be purchased on Amazon.com, Lulu.com, Authorsden.com, selected bookstores/gift shops and through the author’s website – http://www.carsonrenomysteryseries.com

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Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
My first published work was for an outdoor magazine - I wrote about hunting and fishing adventures in the middle 1970's. Then the corporate world consumed my time and I began to read while traveling all the US and to some foreign countries. It took me 13 years to put my first book together, a non-fiction work called 'Don't Wake Me Until Its Time to Go.' I've been writing my Carson Reno mystery series since 2009 and it now contains 13 adventures.
What's the story behind your latest book?
More of the Carson Reno band of characters fighting crime in the early 1960's from the Memphis Peabody Hotel.
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Books

Concrete Jungle
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 52,990. Language: English. Published: August 15, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Jack Sloan an ex-Miami cop turned private detective is in serious trouble. Down on his luck with a gambling addiction that threatens to shred the new leaf he’s turned over, his debts to drug dealers are about to get him the beating of his life, or worse. Life in the concrete jungle isn’t easy, and Jack contemplates taking drastic action until a knock on his office door.
Dead End
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 57,460. Language: English. Published: August 15, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Is this the end of Carson Reno? Has he finally reached the end of the road - his 'Dead End'? Is this Carson's last adventure? While trying to protect a client for Jack Logan, Carson finds himself in the middle of a family feud - a deadly feud with skeletons and bodies hidden in all the family closets. Murder, blackmail, infidelity, counterfeit money and, of course, the Mafia send Carson in search.
Justifiable Homicide
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 59,160. Language: English. Published: August 15, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Carson’s client is suspected of two murders, and desperately needs his help. After a night of drinking she wakes up in a hotel room with a dead man, but claims no memory of the previous night’s events. However, a gun found in the hotel room was used for another murder – used to kill a lawyer at the local Drive Inn Theater. Then…things get worse!
The Fingerprint Murders
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 50,420. Language: English. Published: March 14, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Someone is brutally murdering people in Memphis, and for unknown reasons, the killer wants Carson involved. They’re not just killing people, they’re removing the victim’s fingers and leaving strange clues everywhere. Carson becomes involved when the killer sends him severed thumbs - each wrapped in bloodstained paper containing Bible scripture.
Dead Men Don't Remember
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 47,290. Language: English. Published: March 14, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
It’s a New Year and it has gotten off to a very bad start for Carson. Several prominent citizens and business leaders from Humboldt are dying in some strange and bizarre accidents. Carson becomes involved when an insurance company hires him to investigate. What happens next is even more strange and bizarre for this little town in West Tennessee.
The Illegals
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 52,730. Language: English. Published: March 14, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Crime DOES pay – especially crime that has the support of our legal system. Carson’s investigative work for Attorney Jack Logan runs smack into the path of the largest law firm in West Tennessee. Trying to stay out of their path only succeeds in putting Carson in the cross-hairs of lawyers who want him out of the way.
The Crossing
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 53,840. Language: English. Published: March 14, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
The racial problems of 1962 have found their way to the small West Tennessee town of Humboldt. A white woman has been brutally murdered, and one of Carson’s childhood friends has been accused of the crime. Carson’s friend is a colored man who once worked for his grandfather, but the accusations and problems extend beyond the crime and to the heart of this small community.
the Everglades
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 41,850. Language: English. Published: March 14, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
It’s 1962 and the Mafia has discovered some new tricks in getting their drugs from Colombia to the streets of America. Their plans are working perfectly until an unfortunate boating accident puts the FBI back on their trail.
SUnset 4
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 43,800. Language: English. Published: March 14, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
In 1962 the quiet, and seemingly innocent, activities at the Humboldt Motel in this small West Tennessee town went unnoticed and unchallenged. Besides, a little booze, a little gambling and maybe an occasional ‘lady of the evening’ never hurt anyone, right? Then one fall night after a football game, things began to come apart.
Horse Tales
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 41,610. Language: English. Published: March 14, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
One of Humboldt’s well-known horse breeders is brutally murdered, then left to burn in his barn along with his prized stallions. A Jack Logan client has been accused of the murder and Carson has been called in to investigate. However, getting to the truth is proving to be a real challenge. It seems no one, not even the accused, is capable of telling the truth.
Killer Among Us
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 37,310. Language: English. Published: March 13, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Carson’s closest friends are enjoying a Caribbean cruise vacation, when one of the cruise guests turns up missing. Missing is one of Humboldt’s well-known and prominent attorneys, and foul play is suspected. Mary Ellen Maxwell might have unknowingly witnessed the crime and needs Carson’s protection. Something is seriously wrong – the Mafia has become the target of an unknown adversary.
The Price of Beauty in Strawberry Land
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 55,600. Language: English. Published: March 13, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
The year is 1962 and Carson Reno, once again, gets himself into situations that would be better left alone. A Memphis client hires Carson to prove infidelity, but instead he finds corruption and murder going all the way to the top of Memphis politics. A Jack Logan client investigation takes him back to Humboldt looking into automobile fraud, which lands him smack in the middle of a murder.
Murder in Humboldt
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 35,420. Language: English. Published: June 9, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
The year is 1962 and this small west Tennessee town has been turned upside down by a labor strike at its main manufacturing plant – Wayne Knitting. It seems that, as a result of the strike, some very serious underworld crime problems have surfaced in Humboldt. A small town sheriff and small town Chief of Police have their hands full dealing with the strike when the worst happens.

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