Books by A.E. Maxwell

MURDER HURTS by A.E. Maxwell
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

It hurts, sure, but it doesn't kill you—not if you're shamus/ adventurer Fiddler (The King of Nothing, 1992, etc.), who survived a shooting that left his raffish Uncle Jake dead. Fiddler killed one of the hired guns years ago; now an anonymous caller offers to sell him the name of their employer for $50,000, and throw in the other gunman for free. The deal isn't really that simple, of course, and soon Fiddler realizes that he's gotten caught in the crossfire between Hollywood producer Aileen Camp, who used to buy dope from Jake, and agent Barry Franklin for control of Visual Arts Pictures. By the time Fiddler is sure who he wants to kill, somebody else has beaten him to the punch, using Fiddler's signature Detonics, and leaving Fiddler on the run and his ex-wife/lover Fiora in the pokey. More woolly revenge (was Jake selling coke or only harmless weed?) than mystery, with Fiddler's customary strong points—his running love/hate with the law, the ingenious final sting—less impressive than usual, and far too much coitus interruptus with Fiora. Read full book review >
THE KING OF NOTHING by A.E. Maxwell
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 1992

Trouble follows a cursed Japanese samurai sword that Rory Cairns brought home from the war—and left to his adventurer/detective friend Fiddler (Money Burns, etc.) on his abrupt demise. After the local yokels in Malahat, Washington, read Fiddler his Miranda rights, and he and his intimate ex Fiora (now struggling to break loose from the grind by selling off her securities firm, Pacific Rim, to big fish Roniko Nakamichi) wonder whether Rory was killed in mistake for Fiddler, buzzards begin to circle the sword: smooth-talking gallery owner Mark Oshima; rough-edged FBI agent Francis X. Claherty; an elderly Japanese mugger; and, inevitably, Nakamichi himself. Despite lots of bloodletting—most of the interesting characters, and quite a few of the boring ones, die in short order—and some good fishing sequences, nothing much happens in this laid-back battle of cunning half-wits. Fiddler shines as he struts his stuff, but too many yakuzas spoil the sushi. Read full book review >
MONEY BURNS by A.E. Maxwell
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 2, 1991

What looks like a simple job urged on reluctant California p.i. Fiddler (The Art of Survival, etc.) by his financial-consultant ex- wife Fiorajoining forces to check on the money-laundering activities of gentlemanly bank-manager Bradford Simmserupts into big trouble when the police pick up Brad's contact, Ysidro Iba§ez, and Fiddler grabs his runaway boy Jaime. Turns out that Jaime's already run away once from Colombia, where he was supposed to be a hostage guaranteeing his father would play by the rules of Faustino D`Aubisson's drug cartel, and in order to save his father's life, Fiddler has to track down Jaime's mother and sister and the $15 million Iba§ez has stashed along with themand then arrange a payoff that involves separate double-crosses of Don Faustino, Brad, the local law, a crooked lawyer, and a US Customs official. Beautiful. Fiddler swaggers less than usual, and spends more time disposing of the bad guysin elegantly appropriate waysthan sparring with Fiora. Top-drawer Maxwell. Read full book review >