The latest from Charles John Harper:

ahmm mar-apr 2017

This month’s issue (March-April, 2017, but out now) of Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine features my latest, “The Echoes.”  As always, I’m so honored to be associated with a mystery fiction magazine with such a long and distinguished pedigree. 61 years and counting. Here’s to many more.

Please buy up all the copies you can at every Barnes and Noble and independent mystery bookstore you pass, or online if that’s your pleasure.

Thank you for your support and please let me know what you think of “The Echoes.”

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Booked and Printed

Excerpts from past Charles John Harper publications:

AHMM April 2016Lovers and Thieves:

It was the kind of rain favored by lovers and thieves. A misty, November rain. The kind that hangs low, veil-like, obscuring the dark, desperate world beneath it. The kind that sends lovers into their bedrooms and thieves into the night.

I was more like the thief, waiting outside the Bon Vivant on La Brea, a tired, three-story, stucco apartment building with a name more festive than its architecture. Waiting inside my gunmetal gray 1934 Desoto Airflow Coupe.

It wasn’t where I wanted to be. It wasn’t where a P.I. makes any money in this town. That kind of dough–the kind I never seemed to have–was found up in the Hollywood Hills where the famous and the desperate-to-be-famous always managed to find trouble where trouble shouldn’t be found.

But at the Bon Vivant, trouble came in the form of two lovers, a mid-level oil executive, Frank “Mac” McKenzie, and his youthful secretary, Teresa Vail. She lived in Apartment 311. The one on the top floor, right side, on the corner. The one with the lights still on at one fifteen in the morning.

–Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, April 2016, Vol. 61, No. 4.

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About Charles John Harper

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.

To contact Charles John Harper, please email him at cjharperbooks@comcast.net.

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