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INTRODUCTION

          Striking a balance between Silicon Valley and Mayberry, Grand Rapids Michigan proves an eclectic jurisdiction for police detective Nelson Brady.  Between thwarting antiquities capers and solving crimes of urban legend, Bradyís job never leaves him wanting.  And in the rare moments he finds time for a breather, his ex-wife Erin is there to fill the void, disrupting his life on a whim.  For Brady, felons are easy.  He knows what to do with them.  As for Erin, well, he still hasnít quite figured out what to do about her.

          Brady's stomping grounds consist of the greater Grand Rapids area and the surrounding farm country, which covers the gamut from high-tech industry to plow and hearth homestead.  Western Michigan has its artistic side too.  From the breathtaking Van Andel Museum Center to the 30-foot tall reproduction of Davinci's Stallion at Meijer Gardens, art and culture are on prominent display.  Agriculture and industry, rural traditions and cutting edge culture, it's a compelling mix.  Vibrant enough for any detective to ply his trade.  I think Detective Brady will have his hands full for quite some time.

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DEAD RECKONING

 

THE STORY:

          The Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit has come to the Van Andel Museum Center in downtown Grand Rapids.  Historians and theologians have anticipated the event for a long time.  But when the museum is gutted by fire and the scrolls are lost, it's up to Detective Brady to find out who sparked the match.

          Physical evidence at the crime scene leads Brady to arrest an arsonist he has crossed paths with before.  An open and shut case.  But when an official with the Israel Antiquities Authority gets involved the investigation is revitalized.  Brady realizes that the Dead Sea Scrolls have become an obsession to people with much more power and influence than a two-bit Grand Rapids arsonist, and before the case is over, he learns the extent to which these people will go to claim a piece of ancient history.

PUBLICATION INFO:

          I wrote "Dead Reckoning" to enter into the Writers' Digest 72nd Annual Writing Competition and immediately fell in love with Nelson Brady's character.  I knew I'd be working with him again.  And I did, in "Half Measure."  Read up on that tale below.  As for "Dead Reckoning," download the PDF version here and get on board with Nelson from the beginning.

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HALF MEASURE

 

THE STORY:

          There's been a murder in Allendale, just outside of Grand Rapids.  Killed by a shotgun blast, the victim is found at the edge of a local farmer's corn field.  He's a stranger, an outsider, without an identity.  Though Detective Brady struggles to determine a motive for the murder he's sure of one thing.  It must have something to do with the cryptic list of numbers he has found at the crime scene.

          Assisted by an Allendale police deputy, Brady centers his investigation on the crusty farmer who owns the field, his beautiful daughter, and the mysterious list of numbers.  His legwork uncovers a link between the victim and a legendary crime committed thirty years ago.  The stakes in the murder are higher than he had imagined.  Under threatening storm clouds Brady confronts a clutch of potential conspirators, hoping the murderer among them doesn't kill again to keep their lucrative secret hidden. 

PUBLICATION INFO:

          "Half Measure" is featured in the May-June 2005 issue of Futures Mystery Anthology Magazine.  Click on the cover art graphic below to link to Futures Website and either download a copy of the E-zine version or order a copy of the print issue.

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RARE VINTAGE

 

THE STORY:

          It's time to let go.  Nelson Brady has finally decided to cut loose the baggage he carries for ex-wife Erin.  But his therapeutic plan for a weekend on Lake Michigan is rudely interrupted.  First, he gets snagged into investigating the theft of a vintage bottle of wine from a group of visiting connoisseurs.  And second, Erin shows up at the inn with Paul, her new man.  Brady can hardly contain himself.

          A silver lining appears when a witness reveals that Paul might be involved in the wine's disappearance.  Vowing not to let personal feelings cloud his judgment, Detective Brady jumps headlong into investigating the case of the missing Bordeaux.  But dark undercurrents are swirling among the connoisseurs at the inn, and when murder is attempted Brady realizes there's more going on than meets the eye.  His investigation weaves through the eccentric group of wine tasters, and his frequent run-ins with Erin test the mettle of his deductive concentration.  In the end Brady uncovers truths he never expected to find, about the missing Bordeaux and about Erin as well.

PUBLICATION INFO:

          "Rare Vintage" is featured in the 2006 March/April issue of Futures Mystery Anthology Magazine.  Click the cover art image to order your copy and keep up with Nelson Brady.

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