THE SHORT STORIES
Feel free to download and share these with your friends if they are available for free. If they're not free, it's because I don't own the rights. Due to laziness, the stories are in reverse chronological order, with the newer pieces at the bottom.
Johno Beltran is a former homicide detective who fell from grace when a stupid mistake allowed a rich, sadistic sex killer to go free. When the notorious murderer drives into the restaurant parking lot where Johno now works as a valet, their reunion leads Johno down a dark, twisty road toward a deadly collision between paranoia and reality. A short story.
A year before the Berlin Wall was built, an American wakes up in an East Berlin hospital with a gunshot wound to the head and no memory of who he is, how he got there or who shot him. Is he a crime victim? A criminal? A Cold War spy? A double agent? He has to find out before the East German secret police do.
Derringer Award nominee
From Akashic Books' Mondays are Murder series comes this short slice of Micronesian noir.
The Western Pacific island of Yap is hardly the place you'd expect cold-blooded murder, but when ancient coins are made of stone and can weigh hundreds of pounds, debt can easily tip the scales of reason and morality.
Mediocre competitive snowboarder and general loser Pongo Smith finds a gift that keeps on giving, but he gets a lot more than he bargained for.
Newlyweds break into a Malibu beach house for a honeymoon that strains their love in ways they never dreamed of.
Dead Guns Press brings you Dames and Sin, the third anthology in their Hardboiled series.
An accidental murder leads a would-be bride on a noir, funhouse-mirror journey where even death ain't what it's cracked up to be.
Derringer Award nominee
Flash and Bang mystery anthology, Spring 2016
Cover story in Spinetingler Magazine, May 2017
A New Orleans detective helps a Creole belle cope with her addled emotions after she shoots her husband dead.
You never know what might come up in therapy, but if this woman's past is any indication, the future looks noir.
An Internet mail order bride business spawns a twisted tale of love, betrayal and murder.
Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine
Reader's Choice finalist
This noir romantic suspense was first published in Passport to Murder, the 2017 Bouchercon anthology (Down and Out Books).
A process server falls head over heals for a client when she serves a restraining order to the client's ex-lover. Little does she know that her life is about to be turned head over heels
Mississippi politics, family politics, talk radio and pracitcal jokes cause a murder coverup to spin out of control.
This noir romantic suspense was first published in Murder-A-Go-Go's: Crime Fiction Inspired by the Music of The Go-Go's (Down and Out Books, 2019).