The Sheriff of Sorrow, no. 1

The Sheriff of Sorrow, no. 1

Jack Bates

Jack Bates

Cal Haskell is brought to a remote, industrialized town in Michigan's northern tier by a group of wealthy men who want him to be the sheriff. Cal quickly discovers that the men care more for their wealth than they do for their workers, citizens, or even families. Caught up in class and racial struggles, Cal finds his concept of justice is in great contrast to the men who intend to hire him.The Sheriff of Sorrow debuts a new novelette series by author Jack Bates. Near the end of the nineteenth century during early industrialization in the fictional town of Sorrow, Bates unfolds the strife and complexities that its citizens face. His talent for telling a great story yields gritty and compelling episodes. Listeners and readers get ready to soar.
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Monkey See, Monkey Murder

Monkey See, Monkey Murder

Jack Bates

Jack Bates

Hack Ward thought he had found a niche market for his skills as a private investigator when Hollywood came to Detroit. When washed up director Will Peyton gets pegged to direct a low-brow family comedy starring a chimp and a perpetual bad-girl pop star, Hack gets brought in by Peyton to keep an eye on starlet Haley Goslin. It's not because Peyton is concerned about her image; it's because Peyton is in love with the younger woman and doesn't want her fooling around on him.It isn't long, however, before events on the set start turning sinister. Hack is on hand the day the chimp has a psychotic episode and attacks Haley. Saving her life sets off a chain of events that bring Hack and Haley closer together and puts them in more and more danger. On the morning she gets called into the set to shoot some additional footage, they have no idea they are getting called into a trap.When it comes to murder, which is the more dangerous animal? Chimp ... or man?
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Running Red

Running Red

Jack Bates

Jack Bates

Rebellious teen Robin "Robbie" Willette thinks her life sucks.Her grades aren't the greatest. Her dad hates her "older" boyfriend. And her mom keeps Robbie on a short leash after her straight A, perfect, older sister gets pregnant and has a baby. As the tension builds in her family, Robbie runs away with her boyfriend Lane only to wind up sleeping on the sofa of her ostracized sister.But it's not all that bad. Robbie has a taste of independence. She's working on getting her diploma through night school. She has a job—not a great one but it's legit. And she's finally beginning to figure out that her relationship with Lane is a dead end. For the first time in a long time, Robbie Willette is getting her life together.Just as her life is improving, the world around her begins to crumble. Literally. A plague crawls over the planet, mutating humans into blood-lusting zombies that help spread a deadly fungus. It isn't long before society collapses. In fact, in less than...
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