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Once Upon a Crime

BOOKS

The Case of the Purloined Painting by Carl Brookins The Case of the Purloined Painting (2013)

When an American Army unit arrived at the end of the World War II, some soldiers appropriated items in what appeared to be abandoned circumstances. A small painting by a mid-level Polish painter is used by an ex-GI to float a bank loan which results in the founding of a manufacturing firm in Minneapolis. Now the painting and the ledger become the center of murderous attempts by the descendants of the veteran to conceal the painting's journey. World-wide efforts at repatriation of stolen art from World War II is a major ongoing effort and the story links to that effort as international operatives descend on the Twin Cities. Enter private detective Sean Sean. He is a short but effective operative who, unlike many PIs of the modern era, doesn't sleep around, doesn't shoot people unnecessarily, and has many friends among various local law enforcement agencies.

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Mary Whitney and Tanner embark on a romantic sailing vacation in the British Virgin Islands. During a quick swim, Tanner finds three hundred dollar bills floating beside their charter. Contact with the authorities leads to confusion and murder of a local Treasury agent. Believing Tanner has stolen millions of dollars from a smuggling cartel, Tanner is kidnapped by the cartel to force him to reveal the location of the missing money. Mary goes on a frantic quest to save both Tanner and herself. With help from a young secret Service agent, Hilda Martin, Mary offers herself as bait in an attempt to rescue her husband and trap the killers. In the violent final confrontation at sea, Mary pits her sailing skills against a powerful motor yacht and Hilda Martin is forced into a frightening gun battle with the enemy.

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When ordinary folks gather for a high school class reunion, they don't expect to become murder targets. Classmates in the town of Riverview are organizing a major reunion of Lori Jacobs' high school graduating class. Lori persuades her companion Jack Marston to accompany her on this summer journey into her past. The first evening is well under way when one of Lori's classmates is discovered brutally murdered in a field behind the very restaurant where the opening night festivities are going on. In the ensuing investigation, Marston and Lori discover that the small community in Western Minnesota is not as placid as it appears.

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cover The Case of the Great Train Robbery (2010)

Diminutive P.I. Sean Sean is attacked in a suburban back yard when he unearths an old stash of cash and a weapon. Trying to discover the source of the money, Sean is led on a dangerous trail of conspiracy, corruption and long-delayed justice. Loosely based on a ninety-year-old Railway Express train heist in South Saint Paul, Minnesota.

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Hard Cheese (2010): An Echelon Short Download

Short PI, Sean NMI Sean, is up for escorting his statuesque lady love to the Great Minnesota Get-together, as the State Fair is known. The annual event draws millions of folks, most regular, law-abiding types. There are many opportunities for the irregular types. Pick-pockets, grifters, hustlers and scam artists. And that's just the ordinary ones.

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Devils Island (2009)

Mary Whitney is captured by a powerful and deranged man who plans her ultimate death. With no hope of outside rescue, she faces a situation that requires every mental ability she possesses, and all her skill and physical resources, to save her life and protect her boat. Mary is tested to the extreme to retain hope and to survive this violent confrontation with her ex-husband. It's a contest in which only one will survive. Buy this book at Amazon.com or at Barnes & Noble or order it from Once Upon a Crime.

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The Case of the Deceiving Don (2008)

When Private Investigator Sean Sean arrives at his quiet suburban home near Minneapolis, Minnesota, on a summer afternoon and finds a blown up wheelchair, a body and several squad cars scattered across the street, he knows something's gotten out of hand.

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Bloody Halls (2008)

Murder and mayhem on an urban college campus!

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Resort to Murder (2007; audio book, 2008)

Resort to Murder is an anthology of mystery stories set in Minnesota and written by Minnesota authors. More information

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The Case of the Greedy Lawyers (2005; reprinted 2008)

Twin Cities diminutive private eye, Sean NMI Sean, takes on a powerful Minneapolis law firm in this dark tale of greed, manipulation and hi-jinks.

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Old Silver (2005)

Tanner and Mary Whitney are caught in a vicious web with political ramifications in Chicago, Duluth and the cold Lake Superior Waters surrounding the Apostle Islands.

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A Superior Mystery (2002)

Seattle PR executive Michael Tanner and his wife, Mary Whitney, sail the Apostle Islands of Northern Wisconsin. A tale of greed, old and new murder, logging history, and local color bring the power of Lake Superior front and center.

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Inner Passages (2000)

Michael Tanner and his wife sail up the Inside Passage off British Columbia into fog and murderous disaster. A story of love, murder, loss and redemption.

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Carl's books are available in mystery and other independent bookstores around the country, including Once Upon a Crime in Minneapolis. Visit the links page to find out where to buy them.

 

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