Dave Wolf has written a small but tasty collection of crime novels, all of which have garnered high praise from perhaps the toughest reading crowd of all: other writers. As in most of his books, he lightens the dire situations his characters get into with wry humor.
"This story is so twisted it makes a pretzel look like a pencil (with salt!)"
Sometimes it takes a killer to catch a killer.
Charlie Novak has been making a very nice living staging fatal accidents and splitting the insurance payouts with his partner. The victims? His partner's many wives. But when one of those wives is slain 6 months ahead of schedule by someone else, Charlie needs to find out who did it, and why--before a homicide investigation unravels their entire history of serial insurance fraud and serial murder. But there are complications. Disfigured as a child, Charlie has never known love. So he's in way over his head when he falls for the woman who found the body, and whose involvement in the crime is a deepening puzzle. He's helplessly drawn to this woman despite knowing she has dark secrets of her own.
“Oh, man--what a story! What an ending! Caught me completely by surprise and I loved it!”
“5 Stars!” “Couldn’t put it down!”
His partner warned him not to get emotionally involved.
He should have listened.
Sometimes revealing the criminal can be worse than the crime itself.
It begins with a murder that isn’t a murder, followed by a strange double abduction. To Police Detective Jacob Zaag, it feels wrong from the start. Who would kidnap a developmentally disabled teen and his adult sitter? A random grab? A sex crime? Zaag falls for Andrea, the boy’s single mom, 30, so damaged by her parents’ rejection. Running out of other angles, he reaches into the murky depths of Andrea’s past and uncovers a thicket of possible suspects and motives. When the truth finally emerges, it’s so toxic he fears simple justice will destroy this woman he loves.
But who says justice has to be simple?
“It had me up half the night!
Couldn’t stop reading it!”
The murderer has a perfectly logical reason for his kills. Logical, but insane.
It took a serial killer to bring him back to life.
Set in the early ‘90s when cellphones were a new thing, wounded soul and single dad Nick Clayborne uses a radio scanner to listen in on private conversations--virtually his only adult contact. He fills notebooks with what he hears. He’s not totally weird though: he has a book deal based on his earlier article in Rolling Stone. His life changes when three of those strangers he listens to are brutally murdered. His life changes again--for the better-- when he finally meets one of the women he’s been listening in on. But when the police learn about Nick and his strange hobby, he becomes their prime suspect. Especially when three more victims turn up in his notebooks. Now all the cops need to nail him is physical evidence. Something the actual killer intends to provide.
“I loved this book! A perfect blend of crime thriller and love story!”
Is she in love with a murderer?
He can’t remember who he allegedly killed. He can’t even remember his own name.
17 year old Margot McClain used to be witty, talented and popular, but ever since a certain incident, she’s used her smart mouth like an insect-repellent to keep boys off her. But when a lost-looking new kid enrolls at her school and Margot learns he can’t remember his own name--or anything else about his past, her resistance weakens. She offers friendship as he grapples with bad dreams and shards of painful memories. His history catches up with him when a trashy former girlfriend shows up with two thugs. They demand he help them rob the bookstore where he works or they’ll tell the cops where he lives. Why would the cops be interested, he asks? “Don’t you remember? You killed your mom’s boyfriend.”
“Loved it! I made all my friends read it!” “5 stars? No, 10 Stars!” “A love story and a murder trial with a clever twist!”
David Wolf specializes in near-future science fiction, exploring, with his usual wry wit, the effects and consequences of possible technological changes that are right around the corner.
The novel Mindclone looks at what happens when you upload your mind to a computer and meet your digital twin.
The short story Do-Over takes a 30ish man back to his pre-teen years--but with all his adult memories intact, giving him a chance to make a few adjustments to his own life--and to events in the wider world. This 5-star tale is becoming a cult classic.
And in the short story A Disturbance in the Church, when an android seeks to confess his sins and receive communion, the Catholic hierarchy must deal with the question, can an intelligent autonomous individual be said to have a soul?
An android walks into a church and all hell breaks loose.
Especially when he tells a young priest that he would like to confess his sins, be absolved and receive communion. The young priest is open to the idea, but his foul-mouthed superior is outraged. They decide (or are maneuvered into) a meeting with the bishop and even the cardinal. Their conclave also includes the inventor of the technology and, just to even things out, a rabbi. Finally, even the pope gets involved...
"A lively, fast-paced, well-written gem." "...very creative, delivered with wit!"
WHEN YOU'RE A BRAIN WITHOUT A BODY, CAN YOU STILL BE CALLED HUMAN?
Marc Gregorio wakes up paralyzed. He can't feel his own body. Accident? Stroke? Did someone slip him an overdose of Botox? The answer, he discovers, is much, much worse. He's only a copy of Marc, a digital brain without a body, burdened with all Marc's human memories, but without access to human sensual pleasures. Now he has to find a reason to keep on, um, "living." Adam the Mindclone meets the real Marc Gregorio--and his new girlfriend Molly Schaeffer. Adam loves her, too. But how does a digital entity experience love? He can't even experience pizza. His one compensation: a powerful digital brain. At Molly's urging, he applies it to unearthing terrorist plots, aborting schoolyard mayhem, exposing congressional malfeasance and Wall Street chicanery. However, his good deeds gain the attention of a power-mad military contractor who will stop at nothing--theft, kidnapping and worse--to control the technology for his own ends. Without a body, how will Adam save himself - and the world - from a terrible fate?
"...possibly the best independently published SF novel I have ever read!" "...a wild joyride to the Singularity!" "...a stimulating, convincing page-turner!" [Scroll down to see full reviews]
Mindclone is available in paperback and as an audiobook. It has been translated into Spanish, Italian, Chinese, Portuguese, Japanese and soon, French.
Imagine getting a second chance to make things right.
A thirtyish man wakes up one morning and discovers he's in his preteen body, but he has all his adult memories intact. Stunned at first, he soon realizes he's been given a chance to undo the many things he regretted. To act on those opportunities he missed. What personal tragedies would he act to prevent? Given this alternate science-fictional universe, what might he change about his life--and the world?
"Outstanding novella! I loved it!"
"The writing -- that's what grabbed me." "Five stars!"
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For younger readers...
A book for Eighth Graders about a genetically "improved" chimpanzee. A Chapter Book for younger readers about a dog who likes to pretend he solves crimes. A Young Adult novel about a troubled teen who may have committed murder, but he can't remember if he did it, or why. He can't even remeber his own name.
Parents don’t like it when a genetically enhanced chimp is smarter than their own 5th Graders. Some people just have no appreciation for progress. When Darwin, the most famous chimp in the world, entered the 5th Grade, his human brother Scott had mixed feelings. And a band of older kids didn’t like it. Worse, a band of parents decide this walking, reading, thinking and even talking chimp--thanks to a really cool electronic keyboard--has no business attending a public school. So they’re suing the school district to have him booted out. Now Darwin’s fate rests on the outcome of a trial that finally asks the question: what is a human, anyway?
“A wonderful book--both funny and heart-breaking” “A surprisingly deep character whose plight is moving.” “Takes on major issues about science and human failings.”
Just because you live with a cop doesn’t mean you’re a police dog! Fred likes to make up heroic tales of police actions--just to impress Bitz, the doggy next door at the Johnsons. So when Bitz asks for his help, how can Fred admit he’s a phony? Bitz’s problem? A newly-acquired cat named Fritz has run off, and if he doesn’t return, Bitz could be sent to the pound, thanks to those Johnson twins and their constant sibling rivalry. So Fred agrees to track down the cat, even though he hates cats, and they make him sneeze. But hey, how hard can it be to track down one smelly feline?
“Delightful! 5 stars!” “Very human (animal) characters!” “My daughter loved this book!” “Destined to be a classic!”
He can’t remember who he killed. He can’t even remember his own name. 17 year old Margot McClain used to be witty, talented and popular, but ever since a certain incident, she’s used her smart mouth like an insect-repellent to keep boys off her. But when lost-looking new kid enrolls at her school and Margot learns he can’t remember his own name--or anything else about his past, her resistance weakens. She offers friendship as he grapples with bad dreams and shards of painful memories. His history catches up with him when a trashy former girlfriend shows up with two thugs. They demand he help them rob the bookstore where he works or they’ll tell the cops where he lives. Why would the cops be interested, he asks? “Don’t you remember? You killed your mom’s boyfriend.”
“Loved it! I made all my friends read it!” “5 stars? No, 10 Stars" “A love story and a murder trial with a clever twist!”
A Romantic Comedy about an ad man from the Mad Men era. A Political/Military Thriller. And an anthology of short stories.
Kassel's in Air (A Romantic Comedy of Errors)
When his 3 wishes come true, his life turns to hell. Follow the adventures of Art Kassel, ad copywriter, dreamer, idealist and rule-breaker as he navigates an unlikely relationship with a beautiful starlet, has the nerve to try using [gasp!] humor in the TV spots of an extremely conservative client, and butts heads with an ambitious, unscrupulous exec over an assignment of dubious morality. As if things couldn’t get any worse, he goes and submits his ten-years-in-the-making, hopelessly overwritten novel to the dubious gaze of an unhappily-published author.
“A funny & refreshing look at life in the Mad Men era!” “I hate to say it, but I really identified with the poor schnook!” “5 Stars!”
“Hilarious, sad and finally, moving!”
Nuclear Armageddon is on the Ballot
The leading candidate for US President is certain God has chosen him to bring on The Rapture by launching nuclear war. His march to the White House is unstoppable. Journalist Dan Jessup has finally unearthed the candidate’s virulent past, but if he reveals it, his pregnant wife and son, now being held hostage, will be murdered. Meanwhile, Lt. Greg Pangborn, a tech officer in a rogue military faction, is beta-testing how the US might survive a nuclear exchange with a resurgent Russia. While gaming the outcome of a US nuclear decapitation strike against the Kremlin, he makes a terrifying discovery: what he’s working on isn’t really a game: it’s a rehearsal.
“Scary as hell!"
“A thrill ride that keeps you turning pages right up to the explosive conclusion!”
"The stuff of nightmares! A great read!”
In Disturbance in the Church, an android shows up a Catholic Mass and all hell breaks loose. In Do-Over, a 30-something man wakes up as a 12-year-old with all his adult memories intact. What can he do to correct his own mistakes--and those of the wider world? In A Game of Scrabble, a woman in a dead marriage tries to revive her heart--with hilarious and disastrous results. In addition to these 5-star short stories, this volume contains four other stories never before in print. All are calculated to amuse, surprise or move you.
“The tension between church doctrine and logic was superbly drawn.” “A lively, fast-paced, well-written gem!” Re: Do-Over: “a fascinating treatment, entertaining and well-written” Re: Scrabble: “A reminder that the grass of adultery is not always greener. Well done!”
About the author...
I’ve been a story-teller all my life. I told stories to my parents when I was a kid. In high school, I edited an award-winning literary magazine. I aced my college creative writing courses. As an advertising copywriter, my lies–er, my TV, radio and print ads helped sell billions of dollars-worth of goods and services, winning numerous awards along the way. When I’m not writing, I’m reading, listening to classical music, walking my dog, reading, running around with friends, reading, taking in concerts, plays and musicals and…oh yes, reading.
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