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About Frank W. Butterfield
Although he worships San Francisco, he lives at the beach on another coast.
Born on a windy day in November of 1966, he was elected President of his high school Spanish Club in the spring of 1983.
After moving across these United States like a rapid-fire pinball, he currently makes his home in a hurricane-proof motel with superior water pressure that was built in 1947.
While he hasn't met any dolphins personally, that invitation is always open.
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It's murder by the beach. Buddy Kennedy claims he's innocent but the state wants to send him to the chair. Will Tom and Ronnie be able to protect their biker client from the ultimate slide out?
It's a rainy morning on Friday, the 12th of March in 1948, only two days before the big race on the beach down by Ponce Park.
The festivities surrounding 1948's Daytona 200 bike races are in full swing and the party is bigger, busier, and louder than anyone can ever remember.
Sadly, there are three deaths while the bikers are in town.
One is a rider who suffers an accident during the big party on Main Street.
Another is a spectator out at the races on the beach who is hit by a rider.
The third is stabbed during a late-night fight.
Tom Jarrell takes on the task of defending the man accused of committing the murder.
Ronnie Grisham hits the streets trying to find out what really happened.
There are a few snags, however...
No one's sure who the victim really is...
The defendant claims he's innocent...
The cops stand behind their open-and-shut case...
Will Tom save his client from the electric chair?
Will Ronnie find the real murderer before he can strike again?
Read the thrilling tale of The Biker Who Got Bumped Off and find out!
Howdy! I'm Eddie Smith and this is the story of my eighth romantical adventure with my husband, Whit Hall.
Well, we're back in Daytona Beach after spending the football season in San Antonio.
Unfortunately, the Matadors came close to winning a lot of games, but ended up near the bottom of the pile in the league.
Whit isn't happy about that, as you can imagine.
On a brighter note, two of our friends stop by to give us the wonderful news that they're getting married!
Since he's distracted with the team, Whit isn't his usually affirming and positive self when he gets the news about the upcoming happy event...
So we head over to make amends with our friends and, while we're there...
Let me just say it gets intense!
I don't want to give anything away, but our lives take a hard and unexpected hit.
In order to find out who did the deed, Whit and I end up taking charge of the investigation in our own particular ways.
Along the way, we both begin to seriously question what the heck we're doing as the unprepared and unexpected billionaires we are.
And, as we soon discover, we're not the only ones who feel this way...
Will we chuck it all and start over?
I have no idea!
Monday, May 18, 1953
Jeffrey Klein's love affair is heating up and Nick has to chase him down because, frankly, he needs a lawyer to set up his new business.
Oh, and Eddie Mannix at Metro is on the warpath and being a general pain in Nick’s ass.
After finding Jeffrey shacked up in a compromising position, Nick has to deal with his own personal mess when it comes to saying goodbye to an old flame.
After receiving a telegram asking for help, Nick and Carter end up flying south of the border, down Mexico way.
When they get there, they find a corrupt politician, a flirtatious police captain, and a woman terrified of an uncertain future and what it holds for her.
It's June of 1947 and the Spanish moss is twirling in the sea breeze beneath the limbs of a massive live oak somewhere in Daytona Beach, the World's Most Famous...
And Tom Jarrell is having a hard time coping with each day. He's recently been made a widower, having lost his wife and daughter (Sarah and Missy) in an accident out on the DeLand Highway back in April.
Fortunately, his good friend, Ronnie Grisham, is keeping an eye on his ole pal, making sure he eats and deposits the insurance checks in the bank when they come in. And, thanks to Sarah's foresight, two or three have shown up in the mail.
Finally, Tom manages to get himself together and takes the train north to visit his grieving in-laws and check into a sanitarium in Wisconsin to get help with his profound sense of loss and the fact that he's turned to drink to help numb the pain.
Six weeks later, Tom is back. He feels like a new man. And, on the advice of his friend, Ronnie, he decides to open up an office on Beach Street in downtown Daytona and put out his shingle as a lawyer.
One day, as Tom is dictating another letter to Allied Southern Insurance up in Nashville, Howie Kirkpatrick walks in the door. The kid, who is probably 21, if that, looks like he's been through the wringer. He's sunburned, needs a shave, and has a problem he hopes Tom Jarrell can help him with.
He's not sure, but he thinks he just might have killed his best friend, Skipper Johnson, out in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.
Howie's arrival is like a pebble that starts an avalanche.
Dark secrets in sunny Daytona Beach are about to be revealed and who knows what might happen when they are.
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Where Perry Mason meets Flamingo Road with a gay twist! Set in the sultry south and by the beach, the Daytona Beach series of novels are about Tom Jarrell, an attorney who's just starting his own private practice, and Ronnie Grisham, Tom's private eye, long-term friend, and new-found lover.
These stories begin with Tom and Ronnie finding each other after a devastating loss and continue as the two men bring together a kind of family that neither of them could have ever imagined having.
Come take a stroll along the World's Most Famous Beach right after the Second World War. Truman is president, the men are home from Europe and the Pacific, and the Red Scare is just getting started.
It's a time and a place that no longer exists.
Take a dive in and see if you might wanna stay for a while.
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"Butterfield transports the reader to post-World War II America with his distinctive narrative and diligent research in this new and wholly clever series starring an attorney and his private detective lover. Heartfelt, honest, and sharp storytelling by a well-respected voice in the gay mystery genre."—C.S. Poe, Lambda Literary Award finalist author of the Snow & Winter series
Howdy! I'm Eddie Smith and this is the story of my sixth (sixth!) romantical adventure with my husband, Whit Hall.
We just celebrated our first anniversary a couple of weeks ago by spending some quality time at our beach house in Sonoma County.
A year! Can you believe it?
It's the day before St. Patrick's Day, and... Wait. Would that be St. Patrick's Day Eve?
You might know this, because I didn't, but this is the time of the year when the football teams do trades and contracts and such.
Of course, I have no clue what any of that means.
What I do know is that Whit, being the new owner of the San Antonio Matadors, is a little, shall we say, tense.
I'm doing the best I can to help him, which is mostly by staying out of the way.
But then his tension rises a whole heck of a lot when he stumbles across a dead body here in Daytona Beach...
And then he gets jealous of the police lieutenant who's working the case...
There's a lot going on here as you can probably imagine.
Anyway, I gotta run!
Whit's upstairs in his office and pissed off about not getting the wide receiver or quarterback or whomever he was hoping for. The socials, as you might imagine, are not being kind.
And I'm about to hop in the police lieutenant's car...
He's asked for my help, not that I have any to offer.
What do I know about dead bodies other than what I've seen on Perry Mason and Law & Order?
I'm sure this is going to work out really well.
But, as always, I can't wait to find out what happens next!
Wednesday, November 24, 1965
It's the day before Thanksgiving and Nick and Carter have been in Paris for nearly a month when an early-morning call brings the news they've both been dreading for three years: Louis Jones Richardson, Carter's mother, has passed away in her sleep. The funeral will be on Monday in her hometown of Albany, Georgia.
With that, Nick is determined to find a way to get into Georgia since, in 1953, he and Carter signed an agreement they wouldn't enter the state without permission. And, in spite of the sad circumstances, neither the district attorney in Albany nor the state's attorney general are inclined to let them in.
Help comes in the form of two of their operatives: Tom Jarrell and Ronnie Grisham.
Meeting up in Miami on Thanksgiving Day, the four of them make the trek north and surreptitiously cross the Georgia-Florida state line in the early morning hours of Friday.
At Belle Terre, a plantation-style house nestled between cotton fields and the banks of the Flint River south of Albany, Nick and Carter begin to play hosts to friends and family who come by to pay their respects, since neither man will be able to safely show their faces on the day of the funeral.
But then something unexpected happens that turns a time for grieving into a devastating tragedy...
Friday, July 8, 1955
Ben White, a movie producer working on Nick's dime, is ready to show off what he's been up to, so Nick and Carter head to Hollywood to see what there is to see and, to be polite, it stinks.
Ben's director has an idea and he says it's gonna make Nick even richer than he already is.
But, before they can start the cameras rolling, leading man William Fraser is found murdered at the lavish Beverly Hills mansion of seductive silent screen star Juan Zane. Carlo Martinelli, Ben's lover, is arrested and charged with murder even though everyone in town knows he's innocent, including the District Attorney.
Meanwhile, the Beverly Hills Police Chief makes sure that Nick knows that his kind of help isn't wanted in the posh village, home to some of Hollywood's most famous stars. The chief is running a good, clean, wholesome town, after all.
From Muscle Beach to Mulholland Drive, Nick and Carter begin to piece together the clues that point to who did it and why. Somehow they manage to do so in the sweltering heat and noxious smog of the Southland.
In the end, however, will anyone be brought to justice? It's Hollywood, so you'll have to wait for the final reel to find out.
Tuesday, January 11, 1955
It's a cold January morning. As Nick and Carter sip their hot coffee in an attempt to stay warm, passers-by are stopping to gawk at San Francisco's newest skyscraper at 600 Market Street. The grand opening goes off without a hitch (and without the Mayor or anyone else of note, for that matter).
Meanwhile, back on Bush Street, Nick has a new client. Her name is Mrs. Anne-Marie Boudier. She's charming. She's chic. She was at Marnie's wedding on the groom's side. And she wants Nick to find her long lost husband.
So she can kill him.
And so begins a twisting and turning escapade of old secrets and new betrayals that will eventually take Nick and Carter across the Atlantic Ocean as they finally discover who the real traitor is.
Saturday, October 20, 1962
Nick and Carter are on their way to New Orleans to track down a missing father.
When they arrive, Carter is in hog heaven, surrounded by the sights and sounds of New Orleans jazz up and down Bourbon Street. He even gets to sit near the stage as one of his favorite musicians leads the band with his swinging clarinet and impish smile. "Mack the Knife" never sounded so good!
That night, Nick has one of his dreams. He meets his great-grandfather, Griffith Williams, and learns a new word: bach. It's a Welsh term of endearment for a younger person, such as a great-grandson.
Meanwhile, back in San Francisco, one of Nick and Carter's operatives has broken out of the county jail after turning himself in for killing a man.
The district attorney, of course, believes that Nick is behind the escape. As does the mayor, the governor, and, of course, the Examiner.
Before long, Nick is once again seated at the defense table in Superior Court for the County of San Francisco.
This is their third try. Will the prosecution finally be able to lock him up at the state prison down in Soledad?
Or will Nick, with the help of his team of brilliant lawyers, be acquitted a third time?
Find out in the exciting conclusion to this three-book arc that's all about what happens when a father, who has abandoned his family to find his fortune, finally has to come to terms with his past.
The tale starts with The Derelict Dad, followed by The Shifting Scion, and concludes here with The Beloved Bach.
May 11, 1953
Nick Williams, a private investigator in San Francisco, receives a late-night call that his sister is dying following a freak car accident.
After rushing over to the hospital with Carter Jones, a fireman and the love of his life, he arrives just in time to say good-bye to the last member of his Nob Hill family he could stand to be around.
Once the cops get a chance to take a look at the car, it becomes obvious this was no accident.
It was murder.
And, with that, Nick is hot on the trail to bring his sister's killer to justice. And it's a trail that reveals plenty of surprising secrets about his sister and their family.
Will Nick be able to find the murderer and stop them before they can strike again?
Find out in the fast-paced adventures of the case of THE UNEXPECTED HEIRESS!
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In 1953, the richest homosexual in San Francisco is a private investigator.
Nick Williams lives in a modest bungalow with his fireman husband, a sweet fellow from Georgia by the name of Carter Jones.
Nick's gem of a secretary, Marnie Wilson, is worried that Nick isn't working enough. She knits a lot.
Jeffrey Klein, Esquire, is Nick's friend and lawyer. He represents the guys and gals who get caught in police raids in the Tenderloin.
Lt. Mike Robertson is Nick's first love and best friend. He's a good guy who's one hell of a cop.
The Unexpected Heiress is where their stories begin. Read along and fall in love with the City where cable cars climb halfway to the stars.
Long before the Summer of Love, pride parades down Market Street, and the fight for marriage equality, San Francisco was all about the Red Scare, F.B.I. investigations, yellow journalism run amok, and the ladies who play mahjong over tea.
Monday, January 9, 1967
The new year has arrived and it's cold.
Nick and Carter feel it more than most since they're just off the plane after three weeks in Brazil.
Meanwhile, Jeffery Klein, Esquire, Nick's ex-lover, ex-lawyer, and ex-friend, is back in town.
He needs Nick's help.
Jeffery is being blackmailed. And not for chump change.
After some husbandly nudging from Carter, Nick agrees to look into who might be behind the outrageous demands for money.
Almost before they know it, Nick and Carter have discovered the real scandal behind the blackmail.
It's juicy. It's salacious. And it goes back quite a few years.
And, to their surprise, tracking down the blackmailer leads from San Francisco to Sacramento and the office of the Golden State's newest governor, former actor Ronald Reagan.
What will the Gipper think when he realizes what's been happening under his very nose?
Thursday, October 18, 1962
Nick is in trouble. He's obstructing justice and might possibly be an accessory to murder, after the fact. The cops are on to him and his lawyer is very concerned.
How did this happen?
It's all because Sam Halverson, a close friend and an operative for WilliamsJones Security, has murdered a man and is on his way to Mexico to hide out from the law.
At Nick's instruction... Oh, boy!
Meanwhile, Nick's latest attempt at matchmaking appears to be falling apart. It seemed like such a perfect pairing but, apparently, the prospective couple won't be living happily ever after.
Will justice (and love) prevail?
Find out in this, the second book in a three-part story arc (beginning with The Derelict Dad), that's all about what happens when a father, who has abandoned his family to find his fortune, finally has to come to terms with his past.