Charles John Harper, alias C.J. Harper, nee Charlie Rethwisch, is a writer trapped in a lawyer’s body. His noir short stories featuring 1940s P.I. Darrow Nash have appeared in the February, 2008, the March/April, 2008, and the July, 2009 issues of Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine. Other stand-alone short stories include “Icarus,” which appeared in EQMM in the March/April 2011 issue, “No Uncertain Terms,” which was published in the Jan./Feb. 2012 issue of Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, and “The Echoes,” which appeared in AHMM‘s Mar./Apr. 2017 issue.
The most recent Darrow Nash short story, “Lovers and Thieves,” appeared as the cover story for AHMM‘s April, 2016 issue. That story was subsequently selected for “The Best American Mystery Stories 2017” anthology edited by John Sandford and published by Mariner Books, a division of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, which will be released on October 3, 2017.
In 2007, C.J. Harper’s unpublished novel, “The Shadow of the Dead” was shortlisted for the British Crime Writers Association Debut Dagger Award. He was shortlisted again for the 2009 Debut Dagger Award for his first Darrow Nash novel, “Backdrop,” resulting in Harper being “highly commended” by the judging panel for that story. The judges stated that the novel had “a likeable PI protagonist and a solid time slip plot” and that “the 1950 Hollywood setting is sexy.”
His writer’s group, Creme de la Crime, includes the mystery icons William Kent Krueger, Monica Ferris, Carl Brookins, and Susan Runholt. He lives in Plymouth, Minnesota, with his wife, Dana, and now and then with their two itinerant children, Ellen and Bobby.
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