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The Combat Zone: A Mike Malloy Novel

Harvard Square, 1972. Sex. Drugs. Riots.

Mike Malloy, a novice PI, has chosen to hang out his shingle in the Square. One of his first cases—find Susan Worthman, aka Susie Sparkle, a teenage runaway. With the help of Square denizen and small-time drug dealer Stoney Sundown, Mike begins a nightmare journey that sends him on a roller coaster ride through the turbulent counterculture of the Square—with all its drugs, sex, and political street clashes—and into the darkest depths of the Combat Zone, Boston’s notorious red-light district—with all its strip joints, peep shows, dirty bookstores, and assorted other degenerate delights. Along the way, Mike knocks heads with outlaw bikers, big-time meth dealers, a South Boston Irish gang boss, mafia thugs, and crooked Cambridge cops. They all want Mike out of their hair, one way or the other. But there’s something else just as dangerous to Mike and just as deadly—himself. Haunted by visions of his experience in Vietnam, Mike seeks solace in the arms of a beautiful woman—the love of his life. A love who turns on him in the dark, leaving him shaken and bleeding. As if that weren’t enough, Mike decides to try the cocaine Stoney offers him, awakening new thoughts and sensations in Mike’s already tortured mind. Thoughts that once out of the vial can never be put back.Combat Zone is available in Print and eBook from Amazon Books, Barnes & Noble, and all other outlets.

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HONEYMOON HOTEL: A Hampton Beach/Dan Marlowe Novel

A RESCUE TURNS UGLY

When Dan Marlowe pays a visit to the run-down Honeymoon Hotel, he thinks he’s just doing a favor for a friend—rescuing the friend’s granddaughter from the clutches of a low-life junkie. He doesn’t plan on the rescue turning into something ugly.

Then the ugly turns uglier and local businesses find themselves prey to racial threats and thugs.

Determined to find out who’s behind the movement to drive local business owners off the beach, Dan embarks on a hunt that leads him down a trail riddled with arson and violence. Just as he’s closing in on the truth a sinister figure appears, threatening his friends, his family, and ultimately, all of Hampton Beach.

But who’s behind it all? A tough-guy beach hotel owner? A big-time Boston lawyer? A South Boston gang leader? Greedy politicians? And how do two local dim-witted drug dealers and a strip club fit in?

The more Dan investigates, the more he finds at stake, and every way he turns, he ends up back at the same dark, dangerous place—the Honeymoon Hotel.

Honeymoon Hotel is available in Trade Paper and e-versions from Amazon Books, Barnes & Noble, and all other outlets.

What they’re saying about Blood On Hampton Beach

“Author Jed Power has the…touch…it doesn’t get much better…” Charlie Stella, Author of Rough Riders and Shakedown

“The ghosts of hard-boiled legends such as John D. MacDonald …and–yes–Dan J. Marlowe himself haunt these pages. Pure pulp pleasure.” Wallace Stroby, Author of Shoot the Woman First and Kings of Midnight

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The real Dan Marlowe was the author’s father’s best friend. Mr. Marlowe wrote his crime masterpiece, “The Name of the Game is Death,” while living with the Power family in Woburn, MA. He named a character after Jed Power. Mr. Power has returned the honor by naming his protagonist Dan Marlowe.

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BLOOD ON HAMPTON BEACH

Just Dan Marlowe’s luck to stumble across a body

There’s something tempting at Hampton Beach, something besides the sea and sand. Money and lots of it. The kind of money that brings greed, violence, and murder to anyone it touches. Just Dan Marlowe’s luck to stumble across the murdered body of Hampton Beach’s premier property owner. Now he has to find something else—her killer—and fast. Before a Hampton police detective, who thinks Dan is behind every crime on the beach, hangs the murder on Dan.

In this, the third novel in the Dan Marlowe series, Dan finds himself facing death from a cast of suspects—a right-wing radio talk show host, a shifty fireworks dealer, two bumbling beach hustlers, a shadowy marijuana syndicate and every other beach low-life the tide can throw up—all of them as crooked as his best friend Shamrock’s shillelagh. And they don’t have any qualms about using Dan for pistol-whipping practice or inviting him to a cookout where he might end up the toasted marshmallow.

There’s one more thing Dan has to watch out for. Something as dangerous to him as any beach killer and just as deadly.   Himself

Blood On Hampton Beach is available in Trade Paper and e-versions from Amazon BooksBarnes & Noble, and all other outlets.

What they’re saying about Blood On  Hampton Beach

“Author Jed Power has the…touch…it doesn’t get much better…”Charlie Stella, Author of Rough Riders and Shakedown

“The ghosts of hard-boiled legends such as John D. MacDonald …and–yes–Dan J. Marlowe himself haunt these pages. Pure pulp pleasure.”Wallace Stroby, Author of Shoot the Woman First and Kings of Midnight

****

The real Dan Marlowe was the author’s father’s best friend.  Mr. Marlowe wrote his crime masterpiece, “The Name of the Game is Death,” while living with the Power family in Woburn, MA.  He named a character after Jed Power.  Mr. Power has returned the honor by naming his protagonist Dan Marlowe.

What they’re saying about Hampton Beach Homicide

” … Jed Power channels the tough-as-nails prose of Gold Medal greats Peter Rabe and Dan Marlowe ” Shamus & Derringer award-winning author Dave Zeltserman.

“Fans of Dennis Lehane will revel in the settings and atmosphere…an absorbing read…a hard-charging plot…Boston nitty-gritty.”  Charles Kelly, author of “Gunshots In Another Room,” a biography of crime writer Dan Marlowe.
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HAMPTON BEACH HOMICIDE

An explosive ride through

the back alleys of Hampton Beach

Four quarters.  It’s not much, but when 13-year-old Kelsey Sweeney gives Dan Marlowe the coins as payment to find his mother’s killer, it’s enough to buy Dan a ticket to big-time trouble on Hampton Beach.

 In no time Dan finds himself knocking heads with beach drug dealers, thugs, and shady businessmen—all with something to hide. And they’ll throw anything at Dan, including bombs and bullets, to get him to back off.

 But Dan can’t back off—he’s got his own demons to conquer—and helping Kelsey is the only way he’s got a shot at winning that battle.

Hampton Beach Homicide is available in Trade Paper and e-versions from Amazon BooksBarnes & Noble, and all other outlets.

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THE BOSS of HAMPTON BEACH

A Novel of Drugs, Murder and Redemption

Cocaine.  It’s already cost Dan Marlowe his family and his business, The High Tide Restaurant & Saloon.  Dan’s doing his best to stay away from the stuff.  Now a bartender at the Tide, Dan’s life is slowly stabilizing.  That is until a boat with two dead bodies on board is found wrecked on the jetty at Hampton Beach.  The hunt for its missing cargo, 200 pounds of cocaine, is on.  Dan is forced into the search and realizes that the drug that stole everything short of his life might be the one thing that can get it all back.And Dan’s not the only one seeking the fortune in white powder.  Others, on both sides of the law, are after it too, including a Boston mob boss and his right-hand man; a New Hampshire seacoast drug dealer/informer, his smokin’ hot girlfriend, and his dim-witted muscle; a crooked D.E.A. agent and his junkie sidekick; two New Hampshire State police detectives; and an Irish handyman with a secret.  It’s a violent, backstabbing race to the end of the rainbow.  May the best man win.

The real Dan Marlowe was the author’s father’s best friend.  Mr. Marlowe wrote his crime masterpiece, “The Name of the Game is Death,” while living with the Power family in Woburn, MA.  He named a character after Jed Power.  Mr. Power has returned the honor by naming his protagonist Dan Marlowe.

The Boss of Hampton Beach is available in Trade Paper and e-versions from Amazon Books, Barnes & Noble, and all other outlets.

What they’re saying about The Boss of Hampton BeachReview: “Criminal Inspiration,” review by Abby Spegman, Wicked Local Woburn, Nov. 8, 2012.

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