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About James Ross
The setting is Prairie Winds Golf Course. The site sits high atop the Mississippi river bluffs just east of St. Louis and 90 miles south of Hannibal, MO the birthplace of Mark Twain, a distant relative.
My newest novel, Shari's Shot, was released in 2015. Threatening texts and a lover's triangle muddy up a high society divorce. When a body is found in a commuter parking lot a detective duo is determined to find out who was the killer.
The first novel, Lifetime Loser, was published in 2007. An unethical businessman swindles an estate. The IRS opens a criminal investigation. Caught in the middle is a young golf pro who becomes the victim of civil fraud.
Stories that attack social issues and delve into Midwestern life continued. Finish Line (2008) was begun before the first book was completed. It involves a cancer victim and two adolescent boys.
Drawing inspiration from the characters, the third book, Tuey's Course, was released in January 2009. Lovers of satire and dialect appreciate this effort about an impoverished minority businessman who battles politics at City Hall.
Opur's Blade (2010) gives hope to anyone facing long odds to succeed. In this story a gifted prodigy overcomes family strife, a clouded future and a whirlwind romance to reach the pinnacle of golf's grandest stage.
Pabby's Score was released in 2011. It takes on autism, dementia and Internet dating as well as the US justice system. Add thoroughbred racing, Native American customs and a secret law society to read the twists and turns in this dramatic page turner.
With the use of dialogue and dialect the characters come alive. Enjoy the commentary on social issues and the opinions on controversial topics. The eclectic cast has no boundaries and hail from all corners of the earth. Try a story or two and join the growing list of readers!
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Lawyers Hate Reading About Foul Play From Their Own
Ethics Violations Expose Corrupt Attorneys
Can an adult online dating service provide clues to the unethical legal practices of a corrupt law firm?
An insurance scam starts the fray. In the middle is a well-intended minority businessman. A state ethics investigation is ongoing behind the scenes and on the federal level a sting is quietly in the works. Innocent autistic children unknowingly are affected. Can a secret society and a long-standing secret expose evil for what it is?
Join the regular cast of players from Prairie Winds Golf Course and a few unsavory characters on a memorable ride up the River Road. Attorneys hate reading about the despicable actions of their own. Can they really act like this and get away with it?
˃˃˃ A Cozy Mystery That Includes Teens With Special Needs
A golf cart flips. An attorney files for an injury settlement. An Internet dating site fuels an affair. A tainted judge can be bought. A secret law society influences corruption. Online flirtations. A murder. The clues abound.
Caught in the cross hairs are two teenagers with special needs that are trying to adjust to life outside their resident children's home by serving an apprenticeship at Prairie Winds Golf Course. Be on your toes in this character-based novel. You'll have to pay special attention to the social issues that are used as character behavior puzzle pieces in this mystery.
Savant-like tendencies, Dementia and hunting with falcons is intertwined with Native American customs, thoroughbred racing and a trip up the River Road to Lighthouse Point. Can revealing a dark secret in this cozy mystery settle Pabby's Score?
˃˃˃ Want To Figure Out An Ending?
This is pure entertainment for sleuths that want to figure out an ending. Character behavior clues are plentiful. What isn't so clear is the outcome.
This busy novel includes a golf cart accident, an injury settlement lawsuit, unethical attorneys, a corrupt judge, alcoholism, teenagers with special needs, an Internet dating affair, Dementia, falcons, a trip on the river road to Lighthouse Point, Native American customs, thoroughbred racing and murder. They are skillfully interwoven like pieces in a jigsaw puzzle.
Be sharp and be prepared to be entertained. The richness of the characters shines.
˃˃˃ Pure Entertainment With Mystery, Suspense, and Intrigue
This is not a whodunnit. What is at question is how is it going to end? What is the motive? Could situations like this exist? It is realistic fiction at its finest.
The novel has an abundance of rich, well-developed characters. Their behavior, mannerisms, and tendencies offer clues to the final pages of the story. Pabby and Shae, two teenagers with special needs, are the showstoppers.
Be prepared for a complex storyline and a variety of well-oiled topics that all weave together. There is greed, corruption, laughter, confusion, hope, innocence, love, hate, sex, mystery, suspense, drama, intrigue, and shock as well as offering a rainbow of emotions.
Challenge yourself to figure it out and be entertained by the characters in the process.
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Fictional Crime Thriller - How To Steal A Golf Course
Civil Fraud In A Small Business
For fifteen years head golf pro J Dub Schroeder ran a golf course for his elderly partner. When it was time to purchase the business he found that he was the unknowing accomplice in the swindle of an estate. Furthermore he discovers that his partner had been skimming profits for years. When the IRS comes knocking he is thrown into a criminal investigation that jeopardizes his ability to purchase the business.
J Dub is thrown into a civil justice system that is lengthy and costly to protect the interests of his family. His ruthless adversary aligns himself with a dishonest attorney, a deceitful accountant, and a corrupt politician to derail the government investigation and IRS audit. No one seems to penetrate the walls of the isolated fortress until J Dub risks it all to fight for what is his.
White-collar crime. Do you stand a chance?
˃˃˃ The Swindle of an Estate
To cover up a crime Lewferd E. Zerrman aligns himself with an unethical lawyer, a deceitful accountant, a corrupt politician, and the untrustworthy owner of a title company. The group knowingly forges the signature of a wealthy widow. The lifetime journey of a liar, cheat, and fraud begins.
In pursuit of greed Lew recruits a young golf pro to be his partner. For fifteen years he manipulates the books, steals cash from the business, and is a daily nuisance to the customers. When it is time to turn over the keys the IRS comes knocking wanting to know about accounting improprieties. At the direction of an overzealous female US Attorney two investigators from the Criminal Investigative Division of the IRS hound the band of criminals.
To protect his family J Dub does what he has to do in a civil courtroom to protect the interests of his family. Who said real life was anything like the "gentleman's game?"
˃˃˃ A Character-Based Legal Thriller
Be ready for a back and forth legal thriller that delves into the lives of a scam artist crook and his victim. Unfamiliarity about golf forces Lewferd E. Zerrman to recruit a rube, head golf professional J Dub Schoeder, to pull off the heist. For fifteen years the self-serving antics of a pathetic manipulator demand attention.
However two criminal investigators barge onto the scene asking questions about accounting irregularities. Their chief informant is none other than the minority business partner. Not only is J Dub forced to answer questions about the business, but he learns that he was the unknowing participant in the land swindle of an estate.
Be prepared for a roller coaster ride of up-and-downs as the story details the actions of a white-collar thief and his victim.
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Top Rated Cozy Mystery on Free Kindle
Realistic Fiction That Could Happen To You!
Events unravel after Shari Daniels-Donnelly files for divorce from real estate tycoon, Tyler Cy. Threatening texts, a lover's triangle, confessions, jail time, and a liaison with a US Congresswoman add to the chaos. When a body is found in a carpool parking lot prior to a golf outing a detective duo is determined to find out who was responsible.
˃˃˃ Want An Ending That You Can't Predict?
A series of twists and turns add to the drama of divorce. Threatening texts, a body, confessions, false imprisonment, informants, and behind-the-back deals add to the suspense. Don't you dare read the last page first.
˃˃˃ Divorce! Can This Really Happen?
Shari Daniels-Donnelly, a former Mrs. Missouri, is a person you love to hate. All the gifts in the world aren't enough to appease her. Enter aggressive divorce attorney, Leslie Potter. After the papers are filed a lover's triangle surfaces amid threatening texts. Then a body is found in a carpool parking lot. With confessions, jail time, false accusations, and politics from a US Congresswoman an unpredictable conclusion will surprise. Make sure it doesn't happen to you!
˃˃˃ A Top 50 Overall Kindle Free Download
This popular download dominated the top spot in The Crime/Fiction and Cozy Mystery categories during its promotional period as well as breaking into the Top 50 overall. The main character? A bitch.... The plot? What will she do next?... The conclusion? One that you will never predict. Twists and turns abound in this page-turner.
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Character-Based Suspense Spiced With Mystery
Life and Death Amid Golf
Like most mothers, Rayelene Purler, envisions great things for her child. In an attempt to introduce her son to a slice of life the family can ill-afford she arranges for him to get instructional lessons at nearby Prairie Winds Golf Course.
After head golf pro J Dub Schroeder watched his prized pupil strike the ball he knew he had a gifted child in his presence. The lad, nicknamed Opur because of his propensity to sink putts, battles through family hardship, a future without aim, and a sudden love interest to earn a chance to play in America's most famous yearly golf event --- The Classic. But something else is going on.
Gear up for a story that has as much to do with life and death as golf.
˃˃˃ A Cozy Mystery
Not all mysteries need a dead body.
Teenage prodigy Owen Purler, Jr., nicknamed Opur, has a knack for knocking the ball into the hole. His home away from home becomes Prairie Winds Golf Course after a protective mother with great dreams for her child and a traveling father with a love for the bottle create a dysfunctional household.
An unexpected event alters his path. Adolescent bliss turns into a future without aim. A sudden love interest gives life a new meaning, However when life's defining moment beckons Opur finds that something more important blocks his path. What can that be? It promises to add to the suspense.
˃˃˃ Laughs, Tears, Drama, and Suspense
Rayelene Purler endures a teenage pregnancy. Her country swagger entertains after her precious son arrives on the scene. She has dreams of greatness for her first-born and they include expenses that the family can ill-afford. Meanwhile husband, Owen Purler, has a weakness for the bottle and a wandering eye. Those deficiencies place a hardship on the family model.
Their son, nicknamed Opur, takes to golf like a hawk to prey. Unexpected events lead to sadness. A clouded future confuses direction. A sudden relationship springs new hope. When opportunity knocks an old friend is called for wisdom.
Something else is going on behind the scenes that complicates the struggle at hand. Can you figure out what that can be? The ending will surprise.
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Fictional Mystery, Suspense, Drama, and Intrigue
Memorable Characters Readers Love to Hate
This is a 3-book bundle that is suitable for adults and young adults. Middle school and high school students should be able to digest the adult topics. It is only available for Kindle readers.
Featured Titles include:
- Lifetime Loser - A legal thriller that details the actions of a white-collar scam artist and an innocent victim. The roller-coaster ride takes place over a 15 year time period and delves into civil and criminal law.
- Tuey's Course - A satire full of hypocrites. Minority businessman Tuey O'Tweety continues to be harassed by the powers-to-be at City Hall. This tongue-in-cheek novel presents challenges.
- Shari's Shot - After filing for divorce chaos surrounds Shari Daniels-Donnelly. Threatening texts, a lover's triangle, confessions, jail time, an aggressive female divorce attorney, a body, and a liaison with a US Congresswoman add to the twists and turns.
This 3-book box set is only available for Kindle readers. It is good for adults as well as middle school and high school students. Realistic fictional crime is featured through the actions of memorable characters who readers love to hate.
The featured titles are Lifetime Loser, Tuey's Course, and Shari's Shot. The setting for the stories is fictional Prairie Winds Golf Course. Recognizable and recurring characters are noticeable. The stories are delivered primarily through the use of dialogue. Approximately twenty new characters are introduced per story.
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Fictional Thrillers With Teenage and Adult Interaction
Mystery, Suspense, and Drama For Adults and Young Adults
This is a 3-book box set for Kindle readers that is suitable for adults as well as young adults. It is delivered from the Prairie Winds Golf Course setting.
Featured Titles include:
- Finish Line - Two teenage boys find that their brush with the law pales in comparison to the troubles of their boss who is fighting the demons of cancer.
- Opur's Blade - A character-based sports mystery where a child prodigy battles family hardship and a sudden love interest to reach the pinnacle of his profession.
- Pabby's Score - Sinister adult behavior from a host of characters unknowingly affect the lives of two teenagers with special needs who land a summer internship at a local golf course.
Young Adult Realistic Fiction
This features books that are suitable for middle school and high school readers as well as adults. The 3-book bundle is only available for Kindle readers.
Featured titles include Finish Line, Opur's Blade, and Pabby's Score. The setting for all three stories is Prairie Winds Golf Course. Recognizable and recurring characters are noticeable. Fictional delivery is predominantly through dialogue. Approximately twenty new characters are introduced per story.
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Mystery and Fantasy Amid Discrimination
How Does A victim React?
Racial tension had been building for years near Prairie Winds Golf Course on the east side of St. Louis. Minority businessman Tuey O'Tweety faced the brunt of the discrimination.
Life becomes more difficult for Tuey when the frustrations of harassment become a daily nuisance. Corrupt politicians, manipulated city hall employees and hypocritical community leaders add to the unrelenting aggravation.
Through an odd connection Tuey lands with an eclectic group of golfing misfits. Daily visits to the golf course expose him to an unfamiliar slice of life. An unlikely player leads him down a seemingly innocent path. The world of black and the world of white become intertwined in a world of intricate fantasy.
Join head golf pro J Dub Schroeder and his brother, Curt, as they open the clubhouse doors to a man trying to find his way out of an impoverished situation.
˃˃˃ Satire and Hypocrites
Hypocritical community leaders at City Hall enforce specific nuisances in local ordinances. Many affect minority businessman Tuey O'Tweety.
However Tuey lives in a simple world trying to balance basic needs. He reacts in a way that pours gasoline on the flame.
Enter J Dub Schroeder and his brother, Curt. They provide an opportunity that no leader dared to suggest. But for Tuey the golf course property provided an escape into fantasy after an encounter with an odd group. Hypocrites beware! The mind can deliver a warped sense of reality.
This is a satire with a lot of dialect.
˃˃˃ City Hall Decisions Can Bring Unpredictable Results
Officials at City Hall have envying responsibility. However all of their decisions are not popular with the public. Citizens react to their policies in varying ways. One such member of the public, Tuey O'Tweety, grew tired of the unrelenting aggravation caused by minor violations.
Frustration and unhappiness subside when local golf course operators J Dub and Curt Schroeder provide Tuey with a lucrative business opportunity. However, daily trips to the golf course open up relationships with a host of eclectic figures.
Tuey's mind becomes misguided. A confused state twists reality. Try to figure out the how he deals with the situation at hand. Explore the convoluted path through the fairways of Prairie Winds Golf Course that has become "Tuey's Course."
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Cancer! A Life and Death Adventure
It Doesn't Have to Be A Nail In Your Coffin
After committing a petty act of vandalism two teenage boys land summer jobs on a local golf course to pay off their debt. They quickly find that their troubles are minor compared to that of their boss who is battling cancer.
Life is full of lessons - big and small. You're never too young to benefit. Curt Schroeder, proprietor, stresses the positive energy needed to fight the battle. That outlook is contagious as the two teens realize that their troubles pale in comparison to those of a young man afflicted with a terrible disease. Feel the friendship that is offered from the regulars at the golf course. Be a part of the camaraderie.
Experience how the teenagers learn valuable life lessons during a summer they will not forget.
˃˃˃ A Positive Attitude Goes A Long Way
There is no easy way to take the news that the doctor delivers. "You've got cancer." Today it is not a ticket to the grave.
Lifestyle, a positive attitude, state of the art treatment, and amazing drugs can be part of the remedy. Read how Curt Schroeder, proprietor of Prairie Winds Golf Course, tackles the dilemma head on. His actions serve as a real example for two teenage boys who soon realize that their troubles with the law are nothing compared to a man battling a life-threatening disease.