James R. Callan: One of the Top 50 Indie Writers You Need To Be Reading

Callan concentrates on writing his favorite genre, mystery/suspense.

After a successful career in mathematics and computer science, receiving grants from the National Science Foundation and NASA, and being listed in Who’s Who in Computer Science and Two Thousand Notable Americans, James R. Callan turned to his first love–writing.

He has had four non-fiction books published. He now concentrates on his favorite genre, mystery/suspense. An award-winning author, Callan’s thirteenth book is scheduled for publication in 2018.

In addition to writing, Callan also speaks at writing conferences and teaches writing workshops in Texas and Mexico. He and his wife split their time between homes in northeast Texas and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

His website is at http://www.jamesrcallan.com/ It provides more information on his books and his work, plus a contact form to forward an email to him.

Political Dirty Trick

Not a political book. But a tense, suspense novel, played out during an election campaign.

Crystal Moore’s good friend Ron Drake is running for governor of Texas. Polls show he has 70% of the votes. But, fake news begins pouring out, and with two weeks left before election day, his numbers are now below his opponent’s.

Only Crystal believes that an art theft at Ron’s house is related to the election. She begins to search for clues which might tie the theft and a dead man to a political dirty trick and the fake news. She finds the first clue, and quickly she is attacked and almost killed. But a pair of red boots changes everything. Two more attacks land her in the hospital. It looks like Ron may lose the election. And Crystal may lose her life.

“Powerful in its characterization, plot, and narrative interactions, Political Dirty Trick is the item of choice for thriller readers who like their stories steeped in realistic scenarios and possibilities.” From a review by Midwest Book Review Senior Reviewer Diane Donovan.

A Silver Medallion

Human Trafficking terrifies her. Seeing it face-to-face forces her to act.

In 2015, Crystal Moore encounters a slave in Dallas, Texas — a slave held not by chains, but by threats her two girls held hostage in the jungles of Mexico will be killed if she escapes or tells of her predicament.

Crystal would like to forget it, but her conscience will not let her.

To naïve Crystal, it’s clear. The children must be rescued first, or the mother will never escape.

She goes to Mexico and secures the help of mysterious Juan Grande. If she fails, she could become a slave herself. If she succeeds, mother and children will be free — but Crystal will have two powerful and ruthless men, one in Texas and one in Mexico, who will want her dead.

A Ton of Gold

An old folktale and the lure of gold cause murder, kidnapping, and arson in 2012 Texas.

Crystal Moore is dragged into danger when thugs set out to kill her only living relative, the grandmother who raised her. When attempts escalate, Crystal realizes the police can’t provide protection. She must who is attacking her nana, and why. But this makes Crystal a target.

She needs all the help she can get from a former bull rider, her street-wise housemate, and her feisty, straight-talking grandmother.

And in the midst of murder, arson, and kidnapping, the man who nearly destroyed Crystal emotionally is coming back. This time, he intends to ruin her career.

Cleansed by Fire

Churches are burning and a man is murdered. Father Frank DeLuca, the pastor of Prince of Peace Church, is thrust into an impossible dilemma when he hears another church will be burned. But the disturbing information comes to him via the confessional, and church law forbids him from telling anyone–even the police.

He doesn’t know which church, when, or by whom. Still, he can’t sit idly by, and no law prevents him from looking into the matter himself.

Father Frank’s investigation leads him dangerously close to the local drug scene. And he soon discovers the danger has come to him. And his church.

Over My Dead Body

A large corporation is seizing land by eminent domain. Syd Cranzler stands in its way, threatening a court battle. After a heated meeting with the corporation representative, Syd is found dead from an overdose of heart medication. The police call it suicide. Case closed.

But Father Frank, Syd’s pastor, and Georgia Peitz, another member of his church, don’t believe Syd committed suicide and begin to look for clues of what really happened. This puts a strain on Georgia’s romantic interest with the lead detective. But she’s dedicated to finding the truth.

The priest is almost poisoned, then becomes the target of rumors and speculation he might have had something to do with Syd’s death.

The more clues Father Frank and Georgia uncover, the more danger they find themselves in. Can they find the real killer before they become victims?

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