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Dark Quarry: A Mike Angel Mystery (Mike Angel Mysteries Book 1) Kindle Edition

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I was a big Raymond Chandler fan back in the day, reading all of his stuff. This novel at first reminded me of his style, a blend of intelligence, keen observations, complex plots, and wounded soul protagonist. --Editor, Tekno Books


The plot took ... twists that surprised ... The writing is solid ...  an interesting voice ... set in Chicago rather than LA or the West Coast ... great feel for that city and the corruption so rife there. ... a fun read. --J.R. Tomlin blog

I read the first segment of DARK QUARRY and liked it a lot. Good hard-boiled stuff here. Some lines I'm going to have to try hard not to steal...Whatever the status of your career, you're [Fears] a pro. I hope we meet somewhere along the mean streets. -- John Lutz, mystery novelist

From the Author

The "Dark" series of 6 (to date) Mike Angel Mystery novels began with the stitching of several short stories into Dark Quarry, the first in the series. 

When Amazon or Kindle Direct came along, I put 4 novels up at the end of December, 2010. I also copied one of the reviews I'd rec'd from the Amazon Shorts program. In 2011 I added Dark Idol and Dark Moon. Each novel takes place in a subsequent year, beginning in 1960.

During the writing of these novels, the 3 main characters, Mike Angel (age 30), Molly Bennett (24), and Rick Anthony (60) have grown and come alive to me. I know what they might say and do in every situation. This affliction happens to writers. It is a plus, believe me. I have a 5th novel in the early planning stages. I incorporate a lot of historical fiction, using real names and events from the early 1960s. I also have seduction or erotic scenes in each novel--tastefully done I would hope. Beyond that, Mike either suffers from or is blessed by the "voice" of his late father coming at critical junctures of danger or resolution. So, this would be supernatural or paranormal elements, not usually found in detective novels. Recent input from Kindle boards led me to change & enlarge the cover fonts. Though some see the images as erotica, I see only what Mike sees--good looking females, mostly undraped. Seduction is his weakness, his trap, and also an underlying sub-plot in the last 3 novels, as he moves closer to a committment with Molly Bennett, his secretary & helpmate whom he met in the first novel. I appreciate any feedback on these books. They were very fun to write, and quite a change from the academic reference books on Mark Twain that I have (and am) publishing. Good reading!

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  • File Size: 1395 KB
  • Print Length: 241 pages
  • Publisher: Horizon Micro Publishing, LLC. (January 2, 2011)
  • Publication Date: January 2, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004HW7IDY
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I am a writer and historian who came to the former rather late in life. Back in 1971 I discovered that Mark Twain had traveled through my hometown in 1895 on the way to his world tour to get out of debt. That seed began to grow until in 2004 I began what has become a monumental, 4-volume work, Mark Twain Day By Day, an annotated chronology in the life of Samuel Langhorne Clemens. Each volume (ALL FOUR are now published) is 1150-1450 pages, and sell for $125 to Universities, Libraries, Societies, and Mark Twain scholars. Most Ivy League schools and major libraries have acquired these volumes.

Just before I got into the Twain writing, I began writing short stories, a few of which morphed into a hardboiled private eye detective novel (Mike Angel Series). After studying hundreds of such books, and admiring Raymond Chandler and Mickey Spillane's work, I wrote four of them--and oh! how much fun they were to write. No one had to be politically correct, and the protagonist was driven to live up to his father's legacy--he was too young to be a PI at the start (30), but he had the help of his late father's detective partner on the NYPD, and the love of a good woman who was willing to wait until wild oats were sown. So I got totally wrapped up in these characters. I believe good mysteries must be complex page turners; hardboiled should have the protagonist fighting corruption. There's sex, violence, and psychological reflection in my novels. There are now ELEVEN in the series and I'm taking a break while I'm drafting number TWELVE.

I also studied composition theory, and read thousands of short stories. I taught writing at two for-profit colleges.

I have recently finished Vol. 4 of MTDBD, and briefly taught Literature and Composition at Devry University. I have also just finished #10 in the Mike Angel Mystery series, Dark Eyes. I've discovered the market for ebooks and have published all of my novels in such forums, along with several short stories and two collections. The novels are available in ebook, paperback, and Dark Blonde is also an audiobook.

Like Mark Twain, I love cats, am father to 3 girls, and am a westerner who has lived in various parts of the country.

UPDATE June, 2014. My teaching gig is over for now. I just completed a 2nd edition of MTDBD Vol. I, increasing it from 1,100 pages to nearly 1,500. Also, I've completed #9 & #10 in the Mike Angel series. I'm taking a short break before beginning #11. During that break I wrote and published "Self-Edit Your Novel," a 124 page in-depth look at self-editing.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By jrick on January 23, 2014
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Torn! Torn! Torn! I like the noir. I kinda, sorta like the character. I like the writing and the editing is almost there. But. for me, the supernatural element detracts from a full enjoyment. Sure, I grew up with an opium eating super detective who could look at one speck of dust on the hem of your trousers and tell how many times you'd been married, how many children you've fathered, if and how often you attend religious services, and when you had your last bowel movement. But Conan Doyal made it BELIEVEABLE! No ghosts! All the deductions seemed reasonable when explained. But to have your little ghost friend (or father) beside you warning you of danger? Sorry! Not for me! If you don't mind the supernatural element and if you, in fact, like the idea of a ghostly protector/guardian angel (for Angel?) then this is can be a 5 star book...for you. Download the sample and see for yourself.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Irene on June 5, 2011
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A fast paced detective story as told to us through the eyes of hard boiled PI Mike Angel, a likeable character in spite of himself. Not my usual genre but I enjoyed this well written tale, and particularly the main character's sense of humor and his way with words. Lots of action. I would recommend it to anyone who likes mysteries, detective stories, and historical fiction.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Ian K. on May 16, 2011
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Hard-boiled crime fiction doesn't get much better than Dark Quarry. This book has it all -- a great storyline, wonderful prose and a terrific main character in Mike Angel. This promises to be a great series.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By drkhimxz on July 31, 2012
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I had not read the author's comments until after reading the book. Happy to see that he confirms my conclusion that it was a series of short stories loosely linked together. The potential reader should understand that there is a reason for the lack of tight plotting. You may or may not find the loose structure acceptable.
The author did set out to recreate the style dominant three score years ago. He does a pretty good job of it. Like the attempt of contemporary jazz musicians trying to play in the style of Louis Armstrong's Hot Five or Hot Seven, his professional competence allows for a replica but without the authenticity of the original. Primarily, I would guess, this is due to the fact that, to the original creators, what they wrote (or played) was deeply felt, something new which came from them and their sense of expressing a particular mood, current, sense of being, of their own time; today, what they play is a reproduction of something whose fundamental roots no longer exist.
I found the book interesting, though never quite real, always a bit forced to fit the older model. How younger readers might take to it, I cannot know. However, if you have tried and like Mike Hammer, you are likely to find Dark Quarrel a good start for what should be better, more tightly written, later books in the series.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Albert Robbins III on April 30, 2011
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Dark Quarry: A Mike Angel PI Mystery (A Mike Angel Private Eye Mystery)

Took me a while but after reading book three and four of this series I finally made it to the first. With that I would have to say I understand a little more about Mike and his path. If you are looking for a great mystery series to start this would be that starting point. Hopefully David takes my suggestion and keeps this series alive with more books.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dusty on November 13, 2013
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This is, essentially, a "pot boiler" suitable for rainy day reading. If you're into stereotypes, this is the answer to your prayers.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Pete on August 15, 2014
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I enjoyed Dark Angel, but this novel starts out with a seemingly endless "I knew I shouldn't but I did anyway" internal dialog that just went around in circles till I felt dizzy and sick. I assume the story starts somewhere, but I couldn't get that far. I give it two stars instead of one for the benefit of the doubt.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Texas Ranger on December 5, 2013
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Good '50's to '60's type detective novel with a credible, if not altogether likable, hero in Mike Angel, and some plot elements that strain credibility. But, hey, it's a novel, the writing is well done, and the story line flows smoothly. I'd recommend this book to anyone who enjoys old style detective stories- overall well done.
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