Samson's eighth and most recent outing. This is the American first edition.

The first edition of the first Albert Samson novel: exciting stuff, at least for me. I never did know who the girl on the cover was.

But the face on the cover of this UK hardcover was a then-PA who went on to be a top fiction editor with Macmillan.

Not all the editions of the Samson books seem to have much gravitas.

The second book was inspired by a newspaper story I read about a Vietnam veteran.

Can you tell that this is partly set in Kokomo, where my mother grew up?

This is the US first edition.

This too is the cover of the US first edition. Much of the book is set in Brown County in southern Indiana though it also has a scene or two in Muncie.

OUT OF SEASON was called OUT OF TIME in the UK. But not many British readers would recognize Indianapolis by its palm trees.

This is the US first edition.

EYE OPENER and the earlier Albert Samson novels - ASK THE RIGHT QUESTION, THE WAY WE DIE NOW, THE ENEMIES WITHIN, THE SILENT SALESMAN, MISSING WOMAN, OUT OF SEASON, CALLED BY A PANTHER

The character, Albert Samson, was in fact born in Los Angeles in 1969. I was visiting my mother - showing off my first child - and my then-wife and I rapidly ran out of the things we could do for free. My mother and my wife liked mysteries, so I decided to write a humorous little story to entertain them.

The story didn't get finished during the visit, but I enjoyed writing it. So when we went back to New York I carried on with it. And gradually it story grew into ASK THE RIGHT QUESTION. Not entirely humorous and not so short.

Now, all these years later, comes EYE OPENER. Samson lost his license to be a private detective at the end of CALLED BY A PANTHER. The loss hit him hard and in ways he hadn't quite expected. He didn't take it well. And he didn't spare those near and dear to him.

But in EYE OPENER the dark years end. Early on, Albert gets his licence back. His life is transformed, reformed. He wants back into fray. He calls in someone to repair his neon sign (consequences there...) He calls former clients. And eventually he calls the guy who took his license away in the first place: his oldest friend, Indianapolis police lieutenant Jerry Miller.

The intervening years have been dark ones for Albert. But he's also realized just how important working as a detective is to him. He doesn't feel complete doing anything else. So that's why he's persevered and, finally, he is back in business.

But now that the cloud has lifted he begins to see that things have been going on with his nearest and dearest that he didn't notice, or appreciate. Why is a neighbor kneeling to his mother? Why is his daughter, Sam, doing nothing for her future. And as for the woman who's been his "woman friend" in all the previous books... Well!

Well indeed. But it's also a time for him to apply himself to getting back to work, getting some clients. First things first: turn on the neon sign that advertises his wares to the passing public. But the sign has suffered in the intervening years too - it's pictured on the cover of the book.

And when he finally does get a case it's working for the defence on a case Jerry Miller cracked. What is that about...?

SELECTED WORKS
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A
Click the title to see a sample of this new novel - or look at the first 15% of the book on Smashwords.
B - Albert Samson Novels
C - Short story collection
Stories written over a period of twenty years or so, along with an introduction - by me - about writing stories and an extensive bibliography of my crime writing. Click on the blue title for more information.
D - Leroy Powder Novels
The three Lt Leroy Powder novels. Click on the blue titles for more information.
E - The Lunghi family private detective novels
Three generations of an Italian family run a private detective agency in Bath, England. Ever seen a detective agency run as a family business? I don't think so. Click on the titles for more information.
F - other Indianapolis novels
A homeless "entrepreneur" in Indianapolis gets more than he bargains for when he sees an opportunity in UNDERDOG. Albert Samson's woman friend gets a book of her own in AND BABY WILL FALL. A mystery writer finds himself compelled to participate in a real life mystery in OUTSIDE IN. Click on the titles for more information.
G - a historical mystery
A young woman pursues her best friend's killer in 19th Century US and England. Click on the title for more information.
H - stories told by Rover
Rover, a stray dog, describes his live as a crusader on behalf of downtrodden dogs. Click on the titles for more information.
I - novelization of a film script and non-fiction book
Sean Connery starred in the movie THE NEXT MAN and I wrote the book while it was being filmed. HOW TO BEAT COLLEGE TESTS was my first book. Click on the titles for more information.
J - with WANTED FOR MURDER my colleagues and I produced this CD
Songs, stories and discussion featuring Michael Z. Lewin, Liza Cody and Peter Lovesey.Click on the title for more information.