Posts Tagged ‘Upper Story’

Attention Shoppers!


June 28th, 2019 Posted 7:03 am

Heart of Barkness, the new Chet and Bernie novel, comes out on Tuesday. That means there’s still time for the canny among you to take advantage of the publisher’s preorder offer and get the new Chet and Bernie short story – called Upper Story for reasons that will become apparent – for free. Free! One of the best words in the language! Although canny is also good.


Preorder Reminder


June 19th, 2019 Posted 8:00 am

There’s still time to preorder HEART OF BARKNESS and get the new Chet and Bernie short story – called Upper Story for reasons that will become apparent – for free. “Free” and “new” are the two best words in advertising, according to long-ago ad man David Ogilvy. This one has both! Sort of!




June 2nd, 2019 Posted 9:45 am

On Sundays we do beginnings, taking a look at all the books written by Peter Abrahams including under the Spencer Quinn (strange word coming up warning) moniker. Here’s the beginning of the brand new Chet and Bernie short story UPPER STORY – free to all pre-orderers of HEART OF BARKNESS (pub date July 2, link below).

A window high up at the back of a warehouse in South Pedroia slid open and out climbed Chuckie Kindrachuk. Upper story dudes tend to be on the lean and nimble side, in my experience, but Chuckie was neither. He shifted his lumpy backpack, which seemed to prefer riding on Chuckie’s lumpy side instead of his lumpy back, and extended a hand for the nearest drainpipe. The moon shone on his moon-shaped face. Hey! Had Chuckie actually added a few pounds since the last time I’d seen him? He extended his hand a little more, the look in his eyes excited, hopeful, and a bit crazy, a look you often saw in perps at just such a moment. You had to like Chuckie, and I did. In fact, I liked most of the perps and gangbangers we’d sent up the river – not a river with water in it, our rivers being pretty much dry here in the Valley.


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.


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