Jack Erickson


Jack Erickson writes in multiple genres: international thrillers, mysteries, true crime, short mysteries, and romantic suspense.

He is currently writing the Milan Thriller Series featuring the anti-terrorism police, DIGOS, at Milan's Questura (police headquarters). Book I in the series is Thirteen Days in Milan. Book 2, No One Sleeps, was published in December 2016. Book 3, Vesuvius Nights, was published in 2019. Book 4, The Lonely Assassin, was published in 2020.

The models for Erickson's Milan thrillers are three popular Italian mystery series: Donna Leon's Commissario Brunetti in Venice, Andrea Camilleri's Inspector Salvo Montalbano in Sicily, and Michael Dibdin's Commissario Aurelio Zen in Rome. All three have been produced as TV series at either BBC, PBS, RAI, or Deutsche Welle

Erickson travels throughout Italy for research and sampling Italian contemporary life and culture. In earlier careers, he was a U.S. Senate speechwriter, Washington-based editor, and RedBrick Press publisher. He wrote and published several books on emerging craft brewing industry including the award winning Star Spangled Beer: A Guide to America's New Microbreweries and Brewpubs.

Before he began writing fiction, he was a wealth manager for a national brokerage in Silicon Valley.

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Milan Thriller Series
DIGOS is the Italian police agency responsible for investigating anti-terrorism threats. Milan's DIGOS, which operates out of the Questura (police headquarters), is one of the most elite branches in Italy. Thirteen Days in Milan is the first book in the series about an American single mother, Sylvia de Matteo, who is taken hostage at Milan’s Stazione Centrale by terrorists who assassinate a Berlusconi finance official. The second book, No One Sleeps, features DIGOS agents searching for a clandestine cell of Muslim terrorists in Milan who have received chemicals from Pakistan to make toxic sarin gas. No One Sleeps was published in 2017. Book three in the series, Vesuvius Nights, was published in 2019. Book four in the series, The Lonely Assassin, was published in October 2020.
Thirteen Days in Milan
Price: $3.99 USD.
No One Sleeps
Price: $4.99 USD.
Vesuvius Nights
Price: $3.99 USD.
The Lonely Assassin
Price: $4.99 USD.


Bad News is Back in Town
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 30,610. Language: English. Published: December 20, 2020 . Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
Serena Lancer and Fox Wolfe are a couple you might want as friends. Serena is a former teenage Hollywood actress, now an artist, who travels the world to paint. Serena calls herself Bad News because she brings to Fox her friends who are in a spot of trouble. Fox is a former private investigator who uses his skills to rescue Serena’s Bad News friends. But first he has to rescue Serena.
The Lonely Assassin
Series: Milan Thriller Series. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 100,470. Language: English. Published: October 10, 2020 . Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
A Russian banker in Switzerland embezzles millions from Russian oligarchs. He flees with his Italian wife to a remote location near Milan. Putin sends a GRU assassin to Milan to poison the banker. Milan's police cannot find the assassin who is traveling with phony papers, carrying a vial of poison, and speaking Italian. He meets a beautiful Italian woman and realizes he's in an emotional crisis.
Vesuvius Nights
Series: Milan Thriller Series, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 53,900. Language: English. Published: March 30, 2019 . Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Antonella Amoruso, deputy of Milan's anti-terrorism police, receives a call to return to her Naples hometown for the funeral of a family member murdered in a Camorra clan feud.
No One Sleeps
Series: Milan Thriller Series, Book 2. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 114,100. Language: English. Published: December 7, 2016 . Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Milan's elite anti-terrorism DIGOS police receive a tip that a sleeper cell of Muslim terrorists have received toxic chemicals from Pakistan to make deadly sarin gas. The cell leader has access to Milan's centers of finance, technology, commerce, and entertainment -- all high profile targets with hundreds of casualties in a terrorist attack.
Lo Stalker
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,880. Language: Italian. Published: July 15, 2015 . Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
Un ragazzino viene spinto da un suo compagno di classe a seguire una donna giovane e bellissima, dopo che lei è scesa dall’autobus che la portava dall’ufficio verso casa. Lui inizia a pedinarla e la vita privata della donna solletica la sua curiosità. Anni dopo, la ritrova inaspettatamente in un contesto professionale e riesce a scoprire molti dettagli strettamente privati della sua vita.
Tredici giorni a Milano
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 101,600. Language: Italian. Published: May 14, 2015 . Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
Sylvia de Matteo è una fotografa americana di successo che si gode spensieratamente le vacanze in Italia, del tutto ignara della difficile situazione economica nel Paese, mentre la credibilità internazionale del governo tocca il suo punto più basso. Durante un attentato di matrice politica alla Stazione Centrale di Milano, Sylvia viene presa in ostaggio.
Bloody Mary Confession
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 65,910. Language: English. Published: December 14, 2014 . Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Max and Amanda are America's dream couple. Max is a star infielder with the Boston Red Sox, Amanda is a Hollywood actress. But the stress of traveling and living apart strain their marriage. They divorce and start new lives. Years later, a suspicious death reunites them. Reminiscing over candlelight dinners and California wine tasting rekindle a spark -- and a "Bloody Mary Confession."
Thirteen Days in Milan
Series: Milan Thriller Series, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 107,160. Language: English. Published: June 1, 2013 . Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Sylvia de Matteo, an American single mother, is taken hostage by terrorists during a political assassination at Milan’s train station. She is seized at gunpoint and thrown into a van. Moments later, a Paris-bound train with Sylvia's fiancé and ten-year old daughter aboard departs the station without Sylvia. When the terrorist learn Sylvia's father is a Wall Street banker, they demand a ransom
Rex Royale
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 130,110. Language: English. Published: May 20, 2012 . Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
When the decomposed body of a charismatic Las Vegas casino mogul is recovered from a northern California lake resort, a reporter and free lance writer investigate. They discover the community’s dark secrets; missing women, arsons, police corruption, and rogue backwoodsmen in a remote hunting lodge. A startling discovery reveals a decades old murder committed by one of the community's leaders.
Weekend Guest
Price: Free! Words: 9,330. Language: English. Published: December 8, 2011 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
(3.50 from 2 reviews)
Short story. Sheila and Ryan were lovers until she disappears, leaving a cryptic note. Months later, Sheila shows up at Ryan's apartment, dazzles him with grandiose tales of her new life. But something isn't right, Sheila's stories change, she acts bizarrely, and gets suspicious phone calls. After a tender night of passion, Sheila departs. No explanation. A front page story reveals all.
The Stalker
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,640. Language: English. Published: August 22, 2010 . Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
A school boy is bullied by a classmate to follow a beautiful young woman when she gets off a bus after work. He follows her home and becomes fascinated about her private life. He meets her professionally years later; his curiosity becomes an obsession that ends in a shocking conclusion.
Missing Persons
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 13,040. Language: English. Published: August 21, 2010 . Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
(4.00 from 1 review)
Short Story. A retired college professor uncovers old love letters in the garden of his new home. He makes inquiries of the former residents and learns a WW II war hero and his young wife lived there 50 years ago. But the wife disappeared in a storm and her body was never found. Her former college lover also disappeared. The professor learns the startling truth, but struggles with his conscience
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,410. Language: English. Published: August 19, 2010 . Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
Former high school football teammates meet at a wedding ten years after a violent tackle on the football field crippled one. The crippled teammate, whose promising tennis career was ruined, is a bartender at the wedding reception. His teammate is the arrogant groom. Revenge becomes a deadly wedding present.
Blood and Money in the Hunt Country
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 15,150. Language: English. Published: January 1, 2010 . Categories: Nonfiction » True Crime » Murder » General
True crime. When Brad Baker met Andrea Currier, it was classic middle America meets old money. Brad was from Indiana and dabbled in politics; Andrea was the great-granddaughter of Andrew Mellon, former Secretary of Treasury for three Republican presidents. Andrea's net worth was in the range of $500 million. It started out like a romance novel and ended with a shotgun blast New Years Eve.
Perfect Crime
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 13,320. Language: English. Published: December 26, 2009 . Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
(4.80 from 5 reviews)
A San Francisco wife plots to murder her philandering husband by being in two places at one time. She commits the Perfect Crime -- and starts an exciting life with a sexy new boyfriend, living off her dead husband's generous life insurance policy. Until her doorbell rings one night . . . .
Mornings Without Zoe
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 102,090. Language: English. Published: December 23, 2009 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Women's fiction » Feminist
Zoe abandons her husband Valentine’s weekend in Monterey.  This is not the first time she has run away from a lover or husband. Zoe has a compulsion to flee men who love her and adopt a new identity. Zoe starts a new life in Hollywood's fast lane with new lovers and a career in the movie industry. But a crisis shatters her; she's determined to resolve a childhood trauma. What makes Zoe run?
A Streak Across the Sky
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 45,090. Language: English. Published: December 8, 2009 . Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
Dane and BJ witness a double meteor streak across the sky the night they begin a summer love affair. They agree to meet the next summer with one condition; no contact over the winter. One harbors a secret that could destroy the relationship. They renew their affair the second summer and vow to meet the third summer and never part. But the condition remains; no contact over the winter.

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