James Whelpley: Meet the Author Podcast at Indie Book Source

Join James Whelpley and discover the secrets to his writing style tonight on Meet the Author Podcast at Indie Book Source.

Hard-boiled mystery writer James Whelpley will be featured tonight at 7 p.m. EST on the Meet The Author Podcast at Indie Book Source, hosted by Rob and Joan Carter.

A reviewer says of him: “I know Whelpley is a Ross MacDonald fan, but some of the characters in both books would do Donald E. Westlake proud.

“Whelpley’s comic voice is a treat. Fortunately, he doesn’t overdo the comedy and thus tire out the reader with one yuck after another.

“There are dark aspects to this novel and they are treated appropriately, but the tone manages to stay light. Not an easy trick.

“In Tenerife, Mickey Fairfax’s voice is strong. I found myself liking him again in this book, despite, or maybe because of the way he throws himself into hopeless causes.

“Kind of a Quixote schtick.”

Dancing in the Trap

The stationary was tinted pink, pulpy like craft paper and smelled better than anything had a right to. It was blackmail penned in letters so long and smooth they could have hailed a cab.

Since leaving the merchant marines, Mickey Fairfax has eked out a living renting dinghies to scuttle around Boston Harbor.

When a wealthy man asks him to go to Paris to make a simple hand-off, it sounds like a free vacation.

But, when Mickey discovers he’s given the money to the wrong woman, he’ll tangle with pugilistic gangsters, hophead hotel boys, sultry stage performers, and the French police to figure out who she is.

In the tradition of Raymond Chandler and Ross MacDonald, comes a hard-boiled hero plunged into in a strange land, trying to do the right thing, even if it’s for the wrong reason.


Former merchant marine, Mickey Fairfax, travels to Tenerife to retrieve the illegitimate son of a Tennessee beef baron.

But there’s a battle brewing on the island between an sleeping giant and an emerging titan.
Sabotage at the Pesca oil refinery has forced a lock out.

The culprits are a band of separatists associated with the island’s original inhabitants.

Protests engulf the industrious east, while tourists wile away they days on the resort beaches of the west.
The island has a history of unrest, an ancient people with a bone to pick, outside money consuming the land like fire, and a demon lying dormant inside a volcano.

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