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About William E. Wallace
William E. Wallace is a former investigative reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle who covered such topics as political corruption, organized crime and police misconduct for 26 years. His work won awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and the San Francisco Press Club.
He took early retirement in 2006, and currently is a full-time novelist and short-story writer.
His most recent book, Face Value: An Eddie Pax Novella, was released as a Shotgun Honey Single in July 2016. His earlier books, Hangman’s Dozen (2016) and Dead Heat with the Reaper (2015) were published by All Due Respect books. His short stories have appeared in numerous magazines, including Out of the Gutter Online, Shotgun Honey, Near to the Knuckle, Beat to a Pulp, Plan B and Spinetingler.
He has self-published "The Jade Bone Jar," a private eye yarn set in 1947 Oakland, California; "The Judas Hunter," a novel featuring Jackson Burial, a down-and-out private investigator; "I Wait to Die!" a novella; "Little Nightmares," a collection of five stories; and "Tamer," a western adventure featuring Amos Kuttner, a former U.S. Army Captain turned government agent that is set in California during and immediately after the 1849 Gold Rush.
He is currently working on "Bottom Street," a novel about crime in San Francisco's Tenderloin.
Wallace has taught journalism at California State University, East Bay in Hayward and at the University of California, Berkeley. He took his bachelor's degree in political science at Cal Berkeley and served as an intelligence analyst while serving in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War.
He lives with his wife and son in Berkeley, California.
But when his boss sends him out to recover five million dollars’ worth of bearer bonds two crooks hot-fingered from a vault in New York, Eddie gets a rare opportunity to mix business and pleasure: one of the thieves is a man who shot Pax during a jewelry heist in Southern California a dozen years earlier. Eddie’s recovery will give him a chance to even the score.
Unfortunately, the securities Pax are supposed to recover have been hidden and the bodies of the thieves who stole it are piling up like cordwood. The cops have their eyes on Eddie, as does a woman who is hoping to grab her share of the loot. And the man who shot Pax knows his former partner is on his trail.
Praise for William E. Wallace:
“A master at building scenes, characters, layering dialogue and description, and filling in back-story with no interruption to the momentum of the story.”—Greg Barth, author of Selena and Diesel Therapy
“The best of William E. Wallace’s work revolves around the concept of justice…I’m talking the big, broader cosmic sense. Judgment. Reckoning. Down in the filth and garbage of the street, it’s all street justice.”—Joe Clifford, author of December Boys and Lamentation
“It is not easy to combine humor, characterization, and persuasive action but here it’s done well. These stories will make you a Wallace fan.”—Patti Abbott, author of Shot in Detroit and Concrete Angel
“Wallace is quite simply a brilliant writer.”—Will Viharo, author of Love Stories Are Too Violent for Me
“William Wallace is next in line for ‘Best of the Year’ lists.”—Anonymous-9, author of Hard Bite and Bite Harder
In The Creep, Sergeant Alan Baldocchi survived the IED that killed his armored carrier crew in Afghanistan, but the blast left him so scarred that people he meets look away in disgust. Now a civilian, Baldocchi meets Susan, a nurse who—against her better judgment—takes a liking to him. Unfortunately the run-down apartment house they live in is infested by young criminals—and the leader of the gang has violent plans for both of them.
“Really, you must acquaint yourself with this novella duo by William Wallace. He's next in line for ‘Best of the Year’ lists.” -- Anonymous-9, author of Hard Bite, Bite Harder
“Like Raymond Chandler, Wallace has a penchant for that turn of phrase that burns and blazes long into the night.” -- Joe Clifford, author of Junkie Love and Lamentation
“A two-punch wallop of perfect pulp.” -- Tom Pitts, author of Hustle, Knuckleball and Piggyback
While checking the background of a millionaire tapped for a White House job, Lynch, a former U.S. Marine and Honolulu cop, discovers a real estate scam, political corruption, drugs and treason.
He crosses paths with a U.S. Marshal, two crooked FBI agents and a mysterious Brazilian who is a martial arts expert. At the same time, he has to disprove allegations he conspired to commit perjury in a “Dear John” homicide case.
As his investigation proceeds, he learns one reason why 127,000 Japanese-Americans were rounded up and imprisoned on the U.S. West Coast during the war, and uncovers a plot to wipe out the African-American blues and jazz scene in Bohemian West Oakland.
And Lynch discovers that the object that ties all these threads together is a 600-year-old relic of feudal Japan: a funerary urn made of precious gemstone: the Jade Bone Jar!
So when Burial gets hired to track down a businessman suspected of embezzling from his business partners, things seem to be looking up. All he has to do is find the fugitive -- while ducking the Mafia, a trigger-happy outlaw motorcycle gang and a federal prosecutor who wants to throw him in prison for interfering with her case.
Will Burial succeed in finding the Judas he is tracing or will he end up betraying his own threadbare code of ethics? Cross is piled on double cross as the body count climbs in William E. Wallace's crime thriller, The Judas Hunter.
“(Wallace) is a master at building scenes, characters, layering dialogue and description, and filling in back-story with no interruption to the momentum of the story.” Greg Barth, author of Selena and Diesel Therapy
“The best of William E. Wallace’s work revolves around the concept of justice. . . I’m talking the big, broader cosmic sense. Judgment. Reckoning. Down in the filth and garbage of the street, it’s all street justice.” Joe Clifford, author of Lamentation and December Boys
“It is not easy to combine humor, characterization, and persuasive action but here it's done well. These stories will make you a Wallace fan." Patti Abbott, author of Concrete Angel
“Wallace is quite simply a brilliant writer.” Will Viharo author of Love Stories Are Too Violent for Me
Part Western, part detective yarn, part spy novel, William E. Wallace's "Tamer" takes readers on an action-packed and intrigue-ridden tour of the violent and lawless California territory, an untamed region infested by Barbary Coast cut-throats, renegade U.S. soldiers and assorted gunmen and outlaws. Will the governor's newly-hired "Tamer" save the 1849 Constitutional Convention that will bring California statehood or will he fall victim to the plotters' bullets? Read Wallace's latest book, "Tamer: An Amos Kuttner Novel," to find out.
Sometimes the stakes are so high that a crime seems too good to be true.
That's the way it was when a man named Frank returns to Oakland from Colorado to organize the multi-million dollar robbery of Redi-Money, a check-cashing outfit that caters to down-and-outers.
Just to complicate things, the heist is the brainchild of Janice, the "fiance" of Frank's best friend, and she's a siren who oozes sex from every pore and seems to be dead set on pitting Frank's crew members against each other.
Add a crooked cop to the mix, and a payoff too good to be true and you have the ingredients for disaster.
"I Wait to Die!": A crime novella by William E. Wallace.