I’ve had stories published in crime fiction anthologies and I’ve been lucky, winning the Anthony Award for Best Short Story and the CWA Short Story Dagger Award, while being shortlisted for the Edgar, Macavity, and Dagger awards.
EIGHT LIES (About the Truth)
EIGHT LIES (About the Truth) is a collection of these stories, along with a couple previously unpublished. Some feature Chicago PI Ray Dudgeon and former mercenary Gravedigger Peace, while others introduce new characters you’ve never met.
The collection also includes ‘author introductions’ to each story, and a sample of my Wall Street Journal bestselling novel THE TRINITY GAME. Priced at $3.99, EIGHT LIES (About the Truth) is available for the Kindle and Kindle app, and is free to borrow through the Kindle Lending Library.
Five of the stories are also available individually, each priced at $0.99.
My first two novels, BIG CITY BAD BLOOD and TRIGGER CITY, feature Chicago PI Ray Dudgeon, a former newspaper reporter who can’t stand corruption and refuses to turn his back on underdogs in trouble. Here’s the low-down:
Big City Bad Blood
Winner, Best First Novel: Shamus Award, Gumshoe Award, Crimespree Award, Lovey Award
Shortlisted for: ITW Thriller Award, Anthony Award, Arthur Ellis Award, Barry Award
Disillusioned newspaper reporter-turned-private detective Ray Dudgeon doesn’t want to save the world; he just wants to do and honest job well. But when doing an honest job threatens society’s most powerful and corrupt, Ray’s odds of survival make for a sucker’s bet. A simple bodyguard job for a Hollywood locations manager uncovers a rats’ nest of sexual blackmail, murder, and high-level political corruption . . . and Ray Dudgeon is caught in a war between the FBI, the Chicago police, and the mob. With the line between good and bad blurring, Ray doesn’t know who he can trust . . . or if he can even trust himself.
“Terrific. Chercover is an impressively talented crime novelist.” – Chicago Tribune
“A multilayered tapestry. Chicago comes alive in this book.” – Chicago Sun Times
“Excellent.” – Globe & Mail
“A gritty, wickedly entertaining crime story.” – Newcity Chicago
“Chercover can really write.” – Associated Press
“A knockout.” – Lansing State Journal
Winner, Best Novel: IMBA Dilys Award, Crimespree Award
Shortlisted for: Anthony Award, Barry Award, Macavity Award
The job is a loser, but maybe Ray Dudgeon can bring some peace to a grieving father who yearns to learn the truth about the daughter he never really knew. A routine investigation. An open-and-shut case. Closure. But what begins as routine soon spirals out of control. The victim was not simply a quiet, shy, unassuming single woman whose luck ran out. She lived a double life, working in the shadowy realm of covert intelligence. In a world of lies, she fought for truth—and gave her life in the fight. Ray now knows too much, and he must discover who’s really pulling the strings before he becomes collateral damage in America’s war on terror.
“Thrilling.” – Connecticut Post
“It’s good to find a serious political message embedded in such stylish prose.” – Washington Post
“Chercover nails it.” – Time Out Chicago
“A keen sense of irony.” – New York Times
“Crime fiction at its best.” – Winston-Salem Journal
“Chercover has shown what good writing is all about.” – The Oregonian