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Street Crimes [Kindle Edition]

H. L. LeRoy
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Book Description

STREET CRIMES - Bronze Medal Winner, Global Ebook Awards

H. L. LeRoy offers this collection of short stories that are "...sometimes funny, sometimes
disconcerting, sometimes plain terrifying."

Mistake Proof - Petty criminal Howard Dellicott owes the mob a lot of money. His solution is to help a buddy rob a bank. Unfortunately, nothing ever goes right for Howard.

Rare Justice - Private Investigator Jillian Varela tries to solve a pro bono, murdered-child cold case, with a potentially dying client. Unfortunately, it doesn't look like it's going to end well.

Hollywood Hitman - Spend time with the beautiful people, where an enterprising hit man takes care of a Hollywood couple's marital problems with a unique and permanent

The Game's End - Return to Jillian Varela's world, as she races to save the life of a naïve heiress arrested for murder.

These are four "excellently written, well-paced, suspenseful and entertaining stories,"
perfect if you like action-packed suspense.

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From the Author

Award winning STREET CRIMES marks the first appearance of Jillian Varela, a tough, no nonsense PI, who's willing to do whatever it takes to help her clients. In Rare Justice and The Game's End,  the bad guys find out the hard way that you push her at your own peril.

Howard Dellicott, a petty criminal from Cleveland, scores big. And in more ways than one. But after that success, he finds that it's all downhill from there. 

The Hollywood Hitman has set up shop in a town where he is guaranteed lifetime job security. Unfortunately, he can't take every job he's offered, or there'd be no one left to make movies.

About the Author

H. L. Le Roy lives in the mountains of the California Sierra gold country.
His short story collection, STREET CRIMES, was published in 2012 and is available on Amazon and Smashwords. THE FOUNTAIN OF THE EARTH, first in a series of dystopian YA novels will be available soon. JUNO, volume two, will be available in 2014.

Product Details

  • File Size: 229 KB
  • Print Length: 63 pages
  • Publisher: Tranquille Press (April 11, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,157,307 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Short Stories Well Worth the Read July 9, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I asked to review H.L. Leroy's compilation of short stories because I like the genre. I am a retired Chief of Police who spent an entire career in and around mysteries. I often read such books not only because I enjoy them, but because I like to review how the author approaches the way law enforcement or the private investigator does the job.

H.L. Leroy has hit it out of the park here. These stories are a great read and bring the reader directly into the story as if you're right there watching. The author's style of writing engages the reader, at the same time being entertaining and enjoyable. I hope this author continues to produce these books/stories - I'll be one of the first in line to get them.

A very well done.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fast-paced and entertaining! June 28, 2013
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Street Crimes is a collection of 4 short stories. Each tale is told in the first person, which provides good insight into the motivations of the main characters. These stories are fast-paced and well-written. Each one has its own set of twists and turns that are sometimes humorous and sometimes horrifying. I enjoyed meeting the tough female PI, Jillian Varela, who is the main character in two of the stories. I highly recommend this collection to anyone who enjoys a suspenseful tale that will keep you guessing until the very end.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Justice: What is your definition? May 14, 2013
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Street Crimes
H.L. Le Roy

Justice has many different meanings and each story has its own message within this collection of four very different stories each with its own hidden meaning. In each story the main character seeks his/her own brand of finding answers to questions, solving problems and hopefully coming out ahead at the end. Story One is quite unique and is titled Mistake Proof. The main character is in debt and owes money to his bookie. He explains to readers in the first person his predicament, the fact that leaving his present location, a bar might mean receiving severe injuries is this man finds him but something happens that would change it all. Just as he is about to leave a friend arrives and offers him a way to not only get out of debt but also score some big money. Thinking about it for not very long, listening to his plan and going along with the way things were supposed to be executed this young man falls prey to a scheme that would change not only his life but wait and see the final outcome.

With the plan in site and hoping to be executed he, Darien Klimo and another man named Joe hoped to rob a bank. But, sometimes what you think is well planned just might turn sour as the third man went haywire having a shooting match with the guard. Each one taking a bag but only one had the money. Shaking in his own skin our bank robber has a harsh realization when all is almost said and done. Finding his car, then selling it making sure that he left town he and his prize hoped to never be heard from again but there is much more. Realizing that his so called friend might come after him he decides to do something you might say that is insane and check into an insane asylum hoping to seek refuge.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Four wicked stories ... October 2, 2012
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This collection of short stories begins with 'Mistake Proof,' a witty, easy-to-read story about a bank robbery gone wrong, and it's repercussions for done-over Dellicott. The humorous twist at the end of it reveals that the asylum, his hideout of choice, was perhaps, after all, the best place for him.

'Rare Justice' takes on a completely different tone, with a P.I. on the cold case of a murdered girl. A distressing tale, it introduces us to Jillian Varela, who also later appears in the fourth story. Jillian is both physically and mentally strong - we later learn she had been in the Marines - single-handedly taking down the murderer. Jillian is straight to the point, if not blunt, but with her determination to help the wronged, she is totally likeable. With these characteristics she challenges stereotypes, as voiced by one of her clients, who says, 'I thought you were a man.'

'Hollywood Hitman' is an amusing tale of a hitman on the job. As in the first story, the conclusion brings a couple of twists that I never saw coming. Strangely enough, Le Roy writes the hitman - who is, to all intents and purposes, a glorified killer - with such depth and morality, that you find yourself actually willing him on.

Finally, 'The Game's End' takes us on another case with Jillian, to discover the identity of a throat-slitting murderess. Jillian is again tough and competent, although she gets more involved than she intended.

Le Roy's writing is versatile, perfectly suited to each style of story - sometimes funny, sometimes disconcerting, sometimes plain terrifying, always easy to read and fast-paced. I really enjoyed each one of the four stories that 'Street Crimes' offers.
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More About the Author

Award winning author, H. L. Le Roy, lives in the California Sierra Mountains. His first book, "Street Crimes" short story collection, was published in 2012. His dystopian young adult adventure, The Fountain of the Earth, introducing Terra Vonn, was released on November 22, 2013.

Keep in touch with him on his blog,
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