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Upper Story Excerpt


May 29th, 2019 Posted 10:20 am

Meanwhile Chuckie, still sitting, looked up at Rick. “Who the hell are you?”

“Something wrong with your eyesight?” Rick said. “Valley PD. What I’m wearing is called a police uniform.”

Chuckie did his blinking thing again. “But ain’t this Chet?”

“It is.”

“Then where’s Bernie?”

“You know Bernie?”

“No one I’d rather get busted by.”

– from UPPER STORY, the new Chet and Bernie short story, free to pre-orderers of HEART OF BARKNESS.




May 21st, 2019 Posted 8:32 am

Comes with UPPER STORY, the new Chet and Bernie short story, for free!




May 19th, 2019 Posted 8:48 am

On Sundays we do beginnings, taking a look at the start of all the Peter Abrahams novels including those written under the Spencer Quinn moniker (oh, no, “moniker” again). In the Chet and Bernie series, Chet makes more than one reference to the Teitelbaum divorce, “a nightmare.” You may not know that there’s an e-short story all about that case – TAIL OF VENGEANCE. (There are 5 C&B short stories, including UPPER STORY, which can be had free as part of the preorder campaign for HEART OF BARKNESS. Search this site for Heart of Barkness promo” to see how to do it.) Here’s the beginning of TAIL OF VENGEANCE:

“I think my boyfriend is cheating on me.”

We should have walked away at that very moment, me and Bernie, or better yet run, our tails between our legs. Not so easy in Bernie’s case, since, maybe like you, he’s stuck with living a tailless life, poor guy. Imagine that! Actually, I can’t. The good news is that I’ve got enough tail for two, a strong, bushy, pleasing-to-the-eye tail that even has a mind of its own. Sometimes it wags me! Or just about. I’m not so easy to wag, being a hundred-plus pounder, and strong for my size, Bernie says. And not just Bernie: ask some of the perps up at Northern State Correctional, although they may not have time for chitchat, what with being so busy breaking rocks in the hot sun. The point is we’ve taken down lots of perps here at the Little Detective Agency. Bernie’s last name is Little. I’m Chet, pure and simple.


Upper Story …


May 9th, 2019 Posted 8:26 am

… is the new Chet and Bernie short story, free to preorderers of HEART OF BARKNESS. See link below. Here’s an excerpt:

Chuckie raised his head, turned in my direction, blinked.


My tail started wagging. How nice to be well known! I admit it.

Chuckie rolled over, grunted, got to his knees, gave me a big smile. “Good to see you, Chet.” His smile got even bigger, actually too big. “Now how’s about running along?”

What was this? Chuckie wanted to go for a run? He didn’t look like much of a runner to me, and also this wasn’t the right time. Later maybe? Like after he was done with wearing an orange jumpsuit and breaking rocks in the hot sun? I couldn’t think why not. My tail got busy again.

“Heh, heh, there’s a good doggie.” Chuckie reached for the backpack, swept some cell phones back inside, seemed about to rise to his feet. I tried another bark, this one meaning: Chuckie?


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