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A serial killer dubbed The Riverside Strangler by the Knoxville press corps has murdered eight Internet prostitutes in East Tennessee, the most recent found floating in Prospect’s Crystal Creek.
Chief Sam Jenkins joins a task force led by the county’s chief deputy, Ryan Leary, a cop known for his flamboyant police work and questionable methods.
When investigators hit a stone wall in the case, the killer strikes again—or was it a copycat? The type of victim and location follow the Strangler’s pattern, but some details are significantly different.
During the investigation, Leary is charged in a bizarre and seemingly unrelated case of police brutality and relieved of duty. Sam is faced with assuming command of the task force or turning over responsibility to the FBI.
The outcome of the case and subsequent actions taken by the Prospect City Council affect everyone at Sam’s police department and suggest that life there will never be the same.

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Against his better judgment, Police Chief Sam Jenkins hires Dallas Finchum, nephew of two corrupt politicians.

Now, Finchum is accused of a rape that occurred when he attended college in Chattanooga three years earlier.

The young man claims his innocence, but while investigating the allegations, Jenkins uncovers corruption in the local sheriff’s office, evidence that detectives mishandled the rape investigation, and the district attorney lost the entire case file.

False accusations, scandal, and extortion threaten to ruin Jenkins’ reputation and marriage unless he drops the investigation.

Pages: 293

Price Kindle: $4.99

Paperback: $14.50

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When a stranger walks into the neighborhood bar, The Fine Kettle O’Fish, Finn and the others aren’t sure what to think of him--at first.

Soon, it’s apparent that Malcolm, the new guy, is bothering everyone’s favorite striptease artist, Violet, who has had a rough time climbing out of the gutter. Something is lurking in Mal’s past, and something has to be done. A short story.

Pages: 10

Available: Kindle

Price: $0.99

Kaye George A Kettle of Fish




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A stipulation of the Patriot Act gives Chief Sam Jenkins an easy job; investigate all the civilians working for the Prospect Police Department. But what looks like a routine chore to the gritty ex-New York detective, turns into a nightmare. Preliminary inquiries reveal that a middle-aged employee didn’t exist prior to 1975.

Murray McGuire spent the second half of his life repairing office equipment for the small city of Prospect, Tennessee, but the police can’t find a trace of the first half.

After uncovering nothing but dead ends during the background investigation and with frustrations running at flood level, Jenkins finds his subject lying face down in a Smoky Mountain creek bed—murdered assassination-style.

By calling in favors from old friends and new acquaintances, the chief uses resources developed during a lifetime in law enforcement to learn the true story of the man everyone called Typewriter Murray.

Available in Paperback $12.95, Hardcover $23.95 and E-book (Kindle) $4.99

Pages : 234

Wayne Zurl A Leprechaun's Lament


Sam Jenkins is the new police chief in town and everyone wonders, will Prospect, Tennessee ever be the same? 
Here are six novelettes where Jenkins gets to show off his skills learned as a former New York detective. 
A LABOR DAY MURDER and A MURDER IN KNOXVILLE take the reader into the world of domestic violence with a smattering of political corruption. In BULLETS OFF-BROADWAY, the investigation leads Sam into the life of a victim who spent his leisure time reenacting the days of the old west and was killed with an antique revolver. The hard-boiled story of SCRAP METAL AND MURDER begins with a simple larceny and quickly escalates to the murder of a building contractor, infidelity and more suspects than you can shake a claw hammer at. And the off-beat stories, BY THE HORNS OF A COW and its sequel SERPENTS & SCOUNDRELS show the more bizarre side of police work as Jenkins looks for a stolen fourteen-foot-tall statue of a dairy cow and ends up among a group of snake handling fundamentalists who use their serpents in a deadly manner.
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Sam Jenkins never thought about being a fish out of water during the twenty years he spent solving crimes in New York. But things change, and after retiring to Tennessee, he gets that feeling. Jenkins becomes a cop again and is thrown headlong into a murder investigation and a steaming kettle of fish, down-home style. The victim, Cecil Lovejoy, couldn't have deserved it more. His death was the inexorable result of years misspent and appears to be no great loss, except the prime suspect is Sam's personal friend.

Jenkins' abilities are attacked when Lovejoy's influential widow urges politicians to reassign the case to state investigators. Feeling like "a pork chop at a bar mitzvah" in his new workplace, Sam suspects something isn't kosher when the family tries to force him out of the picture. In true Jenkins style, Sam turns common police practice on its ear to insure an innocent man doesn't fall prey to an imperfect system and the guilty party receives appropriate justice. A NEW PROSPECT takes the reader through a New South resolutely clinging to its past and traditional way of keeping family business strictly within the family.

Pages: 276

Price: FREE for Ebook







Chief Sam Jenkins runs headlong into Tennessee’s faction of Korean organized crime when a mobster tries to shake down two former call girls attempting to establish a legitimate business. Soon, bodies begin piling up—all with a Korean connection—in Sam’s town of Prospect and nearby Knoxville.

Sorting truth from fiction calls for more than Sam and his officers can handle, so he turns to the women in his life for assistance. His wife, Kate, Sergeant Bettye Lambert and TV news anchor, Rachel Williamson contribute significantly in clearing the convoluted homicides.

Available in: Paperback $14.95, Ebook (Kindle) $4.99

Pages: 307

Wayne Zurl A touch of Morning calm





Aspiring conductor Cressa Carraway arrives at her grandmother’s cabin at a rural Illinois lake resort, hoping to find some peace and quiet so she can finish composing the symphony she needs to earn her master’s degree in composition. Instead, she finds her grandmother’s corpse in the lake.

The authorities dismiss the death as an accidental drowning, but when Gram’s best friend drowns in the exact same spot, Cressa just knows something is off-key in this idyllic setting. Convinced that her grandmother’s death was anything but an accident, she fights her instinct to flee and starts looking into things herself.

There are lots of people and facts to consider, from the self-important property manager and his brow-beaten wife, to their salacious son, to the elderly widow who may be lacing her home-baked cookies with a dash of poison. As the body count rises, Cressa doesn’t know which will be finished first—her symphony or her life.

Pages: 224

Available in: Paperback/Kindle

Paperback price: $13.95

Kaye George Eine Kleine Murder


Frank Carver has just been promoted and he is now the only homicide detective in a small police department. However, he frequently finds himself involved in cases with international implications. Prior to working for the police department he spent several years in Army Intelligence.

The book contains six short stories, all with the same primary characters. Each story has some science fiction or fantasy in it.

In the first story Frank goes on vacation after receiving his promotion. While he is gone two bodies have mysteriously appeared in locked motel rooms. The day he returns from vacation a third body is found. There are similarities between all the victims. They were all middle aged men, they were found naked on the bed in motel room, and each victim was missing some body parts. The were no personal items, including clothing, found in the rooms.

The case isn't like anything Frank has worked on, or even heard about. It will take skill, logic, and a little luck to solve it.

Available in: Paperback / eBook

Book Size:                 6x9
Book Page Count:    251
The book is available from Amazon for $12.95. The Kindle edition is $2.99. Signed copies are available for $15.00 (including shipping) through me web site: russfinebooks.com
Russel Fine Frank Carver Mysteries

Frank Carver continues his adventures in this book. In the first story, ​The Time Travler, ​​​​ ​Frank is confronted by a man who wants to report a murder that hasn't happened yet. The man claims to have visions of both past and future events, and he presents Frank with enough evidence to convince him that the man may be telling the truth.

Five mysteries spanning more than four decades in the life of career police officer Sam Jenkins.

            THE BOAT TO PRISON—set in 1963 when a teenaged Jenkins and his friends attempt to foil a plot to kill a Long Island union leader and keep Sam’s shop steward father from doing hard time.

            FAVORS drops readers into a New York of 1985 when Lieutenant Sam Jenkins mounts an unofficial investigation to learn why one of his civilian employees isn’t overjoyed about her promotion to police officer and uncovers a history of unreported and unspeakable crimes.

            ODE TO WILLIE JOE, ANGEL OF THE LORD, and MASSACRE AT BIG BEAR CREEK brings the reader up to date with three adventures of Chief Jenkins and the officers of Prospect PD, a police department serving a small town in the Great Smoky Mountains of east Tennessee. UFO sightings, a serial killer on the loose, and the most brutal murders and feud between mountain folk since the Hatfields and McCoys pushes Sam to use every trick he’s learned in a lifetime of detective work to resolve these incidents on his “peaceful side of the Smokies.” 

Available in Paperback $11.99 E Book Kindle $3.99

Pages: 168

Wayne Zurl From NY to Smokies


A collection of six crime stories that take you on a trip through the more off-beat regions of law enforcement.

Getting kidnapped and becoming infatuated with a married policeman never made TV reporter Rachel Williamson’s list of things to do before Christmas. 

Helping her friend, Sam Jenkins, the police chief in Prospect, Tennessee, with a fraud investigation sounded exciting and would get her an exclusive story. 

But Sam’s investigation put Rachel in the wrong place at the wrong time and her abduction by a mentally disturbed man, ruined several days of her life.

When Jenkins learns Rachel has gone missing he mobilizes all personnel at Prospect PD and enlists his friends from the FBI to help find her.

After pressure-filled days of fruitless investigation, Jenkins uncovers an important clue and the chief leads his team deep into the Smoky Mountains to rescue his friend.  But after Rachel is once again safe at home, he finds their problems are far from over.

Available in: Paperback $13.95 , E book (Kindle) $4.99

Pages: 246

Wayne Zurl Heroes and Lovers



Cops run into all kinds of characters on the job. But when Chief Sam Jenkins meets four people from his former life as a New York detective, it throws him for a loop.

The first was a low level gangster named Carlo “Carly Nickels” DeCenzo—lying on a slab in the Blount County morgue with Sam’s name and phone number written on a scrap of paper in his pocket.

Next there’s Gino Musucci, infamous Northeast crime boss who says he wants to retire and relocate—to Sam’s town of Prospect, Tennessee.

And there’s Dixie Foster, Sam’s former secretary and the woman who wanted to steal him away from his wife. Sam wonders why she’s turned up after eighteen years.

With DeCenzo’s murder unsolved, another body shows up in a Prospect motel—that of a retired detective and co-worker from Sam’s past.

When Sam receives a letter from an old mobster who warns him about a contract on his life, he wonders: Is this any way for a cop to spend his time on the “peaceful side of the Smokies?”


eBook: $4.99

Trade paperback: $13.95

248 pages

HONOR AMONG THIEVES (Sam Jenkins Mystery #7) Wayne Zurl

Winter in the Smoky Mountains of east Tennessee can be a tranquil time of year—unless Sam Jenkins sticks his thumb into the sweet potato pie.

The police chief is minding his own business one quiet day in February when Prospect’s Mayor Ronnie Shields asks him to act as a bodyguard for a famous country and western star.

C.J. Profitt’s return to her hometown of Prospect receives lots of publicity . . . and threats from a radical group calling themselves The Coalition for American Family Values.

The beautiful Ms. Proffit never fails to capitalize on her abrasive personality or flaunt her lifestyle—a way of living the Coalition hates.

Reluctantly, Jenkins accepts the assignment of keeping C.J. safe while she performs at a charity benefit. But Sam’s job becomes more difficult when the object of his protection refuses to cooperate. 

Sam’s attempts to keep the singer safe ends with a potentially explosive showdown where hundreds of lives are at stake.

Available in: Paperback $13.95 & Ebook Kindle 4.99

Pages: 258

Wayne Zurl Pigeon River Blues



Aspiring conductor and amateur sleuth Cressa Carraway returns for a second installment of music and murder in this fast-paced mystery from author Kaye George.

Fresh out of grad school, Cressa lands her dream job as conductor of a fledgling ensemble in Minnesota that aspires to grow into a major orchestra. Leaving her psychic friend Neek, boyfriend Daryl, and DePaul University behind, she quickly starts to wonder what she’s gotten herself into.

Cressa’s new friendship with the first chair violinist of the ensemble, Maddy Streete, gives her an opportunity to sing in a dysfunctional church choir, and also leads to an organist gig in the church across the street. While playing the organ helps supplement her meager conducting salary, it places her in empty churches more often than she’d like, forcing her to deal with homeless vagrants, drug paraphernalia—and corpses.

As she tries to make sense out of everything, Cressa digs deeper into the lives of her fellow musicians and newfound friends to uncover swirling currents of hatred, old wounds, bitter resentments—and unexpected information about the suspicious deaths of her own musician parents so many years ago.

Can Cressa sort out the clues before she becomes the next victim?

Pages: 154

Available in Paperback/Kindle

Paperback: $12.95

Kaye George Requiem in Red



Dana Knowles is the only female nuclear weapons courier employed by the Department of Energy, working out of Y-12 in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Having served in the Middle East in wartime, and losing her fiancé in the conflict, at first she had been grateful for the opportunity to move back to the United States, and to continue safeguarding the country. But she has become increasingly dissatisfied with being on the road so much, allowing little time for a home life, friends, or romance. She has also grown weary of the long hours of training to be prepared to subdue a terrorist attack when such an occurrence would be nearly impossible.

Albert Arnstein, named after the famed nuclear physicist, has had a difficult childhood: teased by classmates for his physical deformity, derided by his father for not excelling in school and left undefended by his mother. When a beautiful coed snubs him at a fraternity party, his pent-up frustration explodes into violence. Years later, when he crosses paths with Dana Knowles, who ignores him, his vengeance against those who would belittle him is rekindled. Banding together with other misfits involved in the nuclear weapons industry in Oak Ridge, Albert conceives of a plan to threaten the country with nuclear disaster and bring glorification to himself.

Dana is the only courier who is in the unique position to be able to unmask the unknown terrorists; but she will first have to save herself from the trap set for her by the madmen. As the clock ticks, all the action climaxes at six minutes to midnight, the same time setting of the Doomsday Clock that symbolizes the relative closeness we are to a global nuclear disaster.

Available in:
soft cover (6×9, 372 pages) $15.00
Ebook $ 3.99

Cheryl Peyton Six Minutes to Midnight

Private Nick Parilli was both physically and emotionally scarred when he returned from the Korean War to his Chicago home. Disillusioned with big-city life, he traveled to a small town in the Deep South, where he became involved in an improbable romance and several sinister events that forever changed his life.

During mid-Twentieth Century, the South reflected a simple, slow-paced and conflicting culture. Ignorance, suspicion, and racial prejudice were common characteristics of a society in which the Ku Klux Klan was rampant with acts of racial violence.

In a story of suspense and courage, the events fluctuate between romance, friendship, violence, and betrayal as the author paints a vivid picture of small-town Southern life during the early fifties.

An unusual love story and a stimulating mystery…The reader closes the book with a feeling of satisfaction and a renewed sense of poetic justice.

Genre: Historical Fiction

Available in:
paperback          $17.00 (5-1/2 x 8-1/2, 331 pages)
Ebook (Kindle)    $ 2.99

Don Pardue Maiden Harvest

The novel, Southern Storm is a sequel to the book, Southern Sanctuary. After recapturing the main events of the original story, the narrative presents a shocking conclusion. An unusual love story and stimulating mystery, it is a continuing testimony that displays a vivid picture of revenge and the nature of vigilante justice in in the South during the 1950’s. The unfolding events in this novel provide closure to the reader.

Available in Paperback 

Price: $15.00

Pages: 262

Dimensions: 5.5x8.5

Don Pardue Maiden Harvest

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When your high school classmate shows up on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List, can your police career get any more interesting? As a favor to a beautiful treasury agent, Prospect, Tennessee’s police chief Sam Jenkins handles a cold case robbery-homicide and clears the forty-three year old mystery of THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAIN BANK JOB.
In MURDER IN A WISH-BOOK HOUSE, Sam investigates the most grisly murder of his career. Then, in V IS FOR…VITAMIN?, he works with an eighty-four year old partner to solve a suspicious death in a nursing home where all the suspects are well beyond their prime.


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