Charles A. Ray
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WIP: First chapter of new Al Pennyback novel, 'Deadbeat'

     A man always takes full responsibility for his actions. That’s what Uncle Buddy used to say to us boys who hung around him all the time. Uncle Buddy was something of an enigma. He never told us where he came from, but from the way he talked we knew he wasn’t from East Texas. He didn’t have that slow, sugary drawl that everyone…See More
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Hometown:
North Potomac, MD
About Me:
I have been writing for several decades. I have published two non-fiction books on leadership, and a mystery series in paperback and e-book format, the Al Pennyback series, three fantasy novels, and a photo-journal of southern Africa. Check my blog http://charlesaray.blogspot.com/ for what I'm up to at the moment.
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Writer
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http://charlesaray.blogspot.com
Books And Authors I Like:
Mystery, history, and science fiction. Favorite authors are Sue Grafton and Robert B. Parker.
Movies And TV Shows I Like:
I like historical and science fiction movies.
I was one of the first authors on the new e-book site, Lebrary.com, to be interviewed about my book. For a transcript of the interview, check http://lebrary.com/blog/category/interviews/

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WIP: First chapter of new Al Pennyback novel, 'Deadbeat'

     A man always takes full responsibility for his actions. That’s what Uncle Buddy used to say to us boys who hung around him all the time. Uncle Buddy was something of an enigma. He never told us where he came from, but from the way he talked we knew he wasn’t from East Texas. He didn’t have that slow, sugary…

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Posted on June 23, 2014 at 12:51pm

First Chapter of "Deadly Intentions," a new Al Pennyback Mystery

The following excerpt is the first chapter of an upcoming Al Pennyback mystery, Deadly Intentions, which will be published soon.  Reader comments are welcome.  Check my other titles at http://charlesaray.blogspot.com/

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Posted on November 6, 2011 at 5:06pm

A Good Mystery Doesn't Always Have to Have a Crime

I've been busy adding to the Al Pennyback series, and in those I follow the rules of mystery writing; a crime, a criminal and victim, lots of clues, and a protoganist who faces long odds but prevails in the end.  A good mystery story, though, doesn't always have to be about a crime.  In my latest short story, Sour Note, a continuation of a series of stories about Louis Dumkowski, a born loser who…

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Posted on September 7, 2011 at 11:31pm

Chapter One of my new Al Pennyback mystery, "A Good Day to Die"

 

March 24, Oakland, CA

     The sun, just rising, made the hills around San Francisco look like green jewels, and the Golden Gate Bridge gleamed in the early morning light, as the Christina B out of Hong Kong made her way slowly through the bay, heading for a dock at Oakland terminal.

     Captain Chow Hung Fat, a slender Chinese with close-cropped iron gray hair, felt every one of his sixty years as he stood at the front of the wheelhouse, watching the…

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Posted on January 16, 2011 at 1:02am

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At 3:23pm on March 2, 2010, B.R.Stateham said…
Welcome! Came to the right spot if you're here to talk about writing, especially writing crime fiction. Good bunch of people in here. And we do like to voice our opinions.
 
 
 

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