"Action, lust, danger, style and witty repartee, Orcutt's A Real Piece of Work
is a work of art. (5 stars)" — IndieReader
"This is an extremely well written novel. It has all the elements you would want to find in a book of this genre: plenty of fast action, beautiful women, secret wealth and bravery beyond measure. But add in a couple of extra ingredients and you have a real winner. The extra ingredients? The quality of the writing. The book moves at a pace, and it's a consistent pace. It never flags. But the ingredient that makes this a winner for me is definitely Orcutt's wit. He paints the Dakota Stevens character so well that you cannot fail to like him. (5 stars)" — The Kindle Book Review
"Stylishly written—nods to the classics of the detective genre—with great characters and plenty of wit and originality. (5 stars)" — National Bestselling Author Dave King
From the Author
Does A Real Piece of Work borrow at all from your own life?
In a way, yes. Growing up, I thought I wanted to become an FBI field agent and/or a scientist at the FBI Lab. In college, I started out as a forensic chemistry major and also took courses in criminology and criminalistics. I spent several weeks shadowing a scientist in the state crime lab, visiting the lab several times and watching him testify in court.
By the time I graduated, with a degree in philosophy, I was more interested in reading about detectives than I was in becoming one, so the Dakota Stevens series represents something of Robert Frost's "The Road Not Taken."
Put another way, James Joyce said that all fiction is "imagined autobiography," so the Dakota books are how I'd like to imagine my life might have turned out had I gone through with my FBI plans.