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The Torment of Murder

Because Pauley had to shoot a woman in the line of duty, he is not sure he will ever be able to use a gun again. In that case, he would be useless as a cop. He quits his job with the Mesalinda, Texas police force and goes to join his wife in Shale, Arkansas. Immediately, he is involved in a murder case — and this time it’s personal.

Is the killer someone close to the woman Pauley shot? Is that person out for retaliation? Who is that person?

Is Hank Trumbo the killer? And if so, why? What reason does he have to make Pauley suffer and to kill him?

Could the killer be someone who grows illegal marijuana and caught Pauley’s wife at one of the patches? If so, then who could it be?

Was the first killing an accident? A shot fired by a drunken hunter?

Pauley is confident someone wants revenge and plans to kill him, but the local police chief (T.W. Dawson) disagrees. While Dawson follows one chain of investigation, Pauley follows another and their paths cross at the scene of other brutal murders.

With a cast of gritty, three-dimensional characters, this fast-paced whodunit will keep you turning pages until the very end.


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There´s an Egg Yolk in the Sky

There´s an Egg Yolk in the Sky tells of a love that lasts a lifetime between characters you will remember forever. It is a fictional biography based loosely on the monologue by Jaques (a lord attending on the banished duke) in Shakespeare's comedy As You Like It. However, instead of following the stages of a man as indicated by Shakespeare, the novel follows the life of a woman − Tabitha Cathleen MacGillivray. Tabitha is born during the height of the great depression that gripped the United States of America in the early 1930s. When she is two years old, she meets Ross Duval, the major secondary character, who comes to work for her parents. During the course of the novel, Tabitha encounters many of the cultural problems that challenged females during the twentieth century. Bits of authentic history are included to facilitate transitions in the stages of Tabitha's life and to serve as landmarks for the reader.


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The Practice of Murder

Pauley wants a family. As an infant, he was left on the doorstep of the police station in Mesalinda, Texas where he is now a homicide detective. He was never adopted. He likes his job and he worked hard to get where he is. However, his pregnant wife Marty wants him to quit the police force; if he doesn´t, she will leave him. His dilemma deepens when he is faced with the biggest challenge of his career − a bloody murder with no apparent motive that leads to an increasingly complex and baffling case. As the solution to the mystery grows more elusive, he must make a decision: appease his wife, or solve the crime.

Elizabeth Jordan was raised to believe she is special. And she is. She is focused and tidy and thorough, and she is beautiful; she looks like a pretty, soft little thing. However, as Pauley says, "So does a thistle, but when you touch one, you get a hand full of nasty little quills." Elizabeth´s quills come fast and often. She must find a bloodless way to kill someone, and she wants to enjoy the effort, so she plays a clever game − and the body count rises, along with the suspense.


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      Seen through the viewpoints of the cop and the killer, The Practice of Murder is an exciting, readable, fast-paced book. It is a gripping story with a tense plot, vigorous prose, and three-dimensional characters. Elizabeth is unforgettable. As is Pauley. When you read this book, and I highly recommend that you do so, you will want to be certain the doors and windows are secure so you will be safe − and you will double check the locks in case someone is out there. Waiting.


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A Glitch in Crime

Delightful from beginning to end, this rollicking jewel of a book introduces Alma, Radmilla Dillon, July Morningstar, and Grace as they form a nameless gang. Despite life's cruel blows to each of them, they don't want to commit crime against anyone who doesn't deserve it. This decision leads to a complex and funny quest for gain that includes a long lost chess set, the rich and selfish Walter Wellington Biddlesford-Wight, and even the Pope.


Hack Taylor − Book Review Editor, bleepthem.com says:
      "The first word that comes to mind when I consider how to describe this novel is FUN. With a joyous bunch of knockabout characters, and a story that transitions smoothly from the serious to the absurd and back again, A Glitch in Crime is a novel the likes of which we seldom if ever see in today´s world of dry, formulaic criminal soap opera. Like four vastly different peas involuntarily shoved into a pod of illegal mischief, Alma, Radmilla, July and Grace stumble hilariously through an obstacle course of personality conflicts, near disasters and irreverent plans toward their mutual goal of making a living as ... well, crooks. The characters are exquisitely drawn, the prose is crisp, and the weirdly convoluted plot is enough to keep the reader laughing out loud through the entire read. Ecs has done something special here, and I highly recommend that you get yourselves a copy so you can experience the FUN of reading about it."


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About the Author

Ecs has a Master’s degree in creative writing from Florida State University, has sold several novels, and has had stories published in Southern Review, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, Highlights for Children, and many other magazines and periodicals. Along with writing much of the content, Ecs was senior editor for The Snap Magazine (the best billiards magazine ever); and for four years was editorial assistant for The Journal of the American Statistical Association. After reading thousands of novels and short stories, and writing for many years, the conventional yarns desired by publishers began to seem repetitive to Ecs. Since category and formula fiction dominated the marketplace, variance from established frameworks was frowned upon by publishing powers. Having been a part of the insistence for novels in specified genres for several years in order to continue being published, Ecs decided to forego the safety of traditional publishing and strike out alone. If you are looking for something a trace outside the typical, something bright and new, then novels by this innovative author will suit you fine. They are available on line.

Behind a curtain of bushes and trees, hidden from the casual view of passersby, Ecs lives in Florida with an extended family and diverse pets including feline, canine, and a muster (or ostentation) of peacocks, a bunch of guineas, and a few cockatiels. These are only the tame creatures that inhabit the hidden retreat; there are, on the wild side, raccoons, opossums, foxes, squirrels, rabbits, armadillos, and reptiles both venomous and harmless. Wild birds and deer also frequent the premises to dine at various feeding and watering stations. It´s a paradise, for sure, unless it gets cold or a hurricane blows through.



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Last modified: 13 December 2011