Robbie Farris stabbed his junior college professor twenty-seven times.
At his arraignment, Robbie pulls a gun and escapes. After his mother is found murdered in her shabby house trailer, Robbie's lawyer, Jimmy O'Brien, is led into the seemingly unrelated worlds of high-profile, religious evangelism and old-fashioned Mojave Desert borax mining.
Jimmy fights the clock, the cops, and the DA in his effort to find and return Robbie before he himself is charged with Section 187—murder in the first degree.
"The Brimstone Murders is filled to the brim with good fun and great action. Jeff Sherratt has come up with a winner in this wonderful vintage mystery featuring criminal defense attorney Jimmy O'Brien." –Michele Scott, author of Wine Lovers Mystery Series (Berkley Prime Crime)
"Reading The Brimstone Murders is like going to an old fashioned Saturday matinee–so sit back and enjoy the action, the fun, and the cast of colorful characters. Popcorn optional." –Sue Ann Jaffarian, author of The Odelia Grey Mystery Series
Jeff Sherratt was born in Los Angeles, California on September 22, 1941. When he was in grade school his father bought a cattle ranch and moved his family to Utah. But after a few years the family returned to Southern California and settled in Downey where Jeff went to high school. In his senior year he met the love of his life and soon after graduation they were married. They've been together for over forty years now and have three daughters. They also have seven grandchildren.
For most of his adult life Jeff had been in business for himself. He owned companies that made and sold food related products. But as a lark, he once became a partner in a political public relations firm. "Some of the characters in my books are based on the candidates we've handled. I guess that's why we folded the tent and sneaked away. Our guys were losers and we weren't good enough to make them look like winners," Jeff said, recalling his experience as a political spinmeister.
Jeff Sherratt lives in Newport Beach, California with his wife. He is a member of Sisters in Crime, an organization combating discrimination against women in the mystery field, and the professional association, Mystery Writers of America. Jeff is currently working on the next book in the Jimmy O'Brien series.
Jon Jordan: Crimespree Magazine
KLS: Tell us a little bit about you:
JJ: I'm from Milwaukee Wisconsin, born and raised. My Dad was a machinist working in the family business, and I also still work some hours doing the same at Jordan Machinery. I love to cook, I do go outside, but much prefer to be inside.
I also much…Continue
Posted on May 15, 2008 at 10:38am
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I spent a couple of weeks (keep in mind I get to read a chapter every couple of days) reading THYME OF DEATH, the first in the China Bayles mystery series written by Susan Wittig Albert. China is a really neat character, a little bit of fun wrapped up in a serious…Continue
Posted on May 7, 2008 at 10:53am
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Posted on May 2, 2008 at 8:41am
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Dan Brown, Steve Berry, James Rollins, and tons more.
I am pretty new to these genres, but it seems to me that they are quite large in numbers. Is this one of those pahses the industry is going through or have I just not noticed it before.
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Posted on May 16, 2007 at 12:06pm
I was in a store today and I looked at the book selection. There were some romances, some self-help, business/reference books, etc. I even saw some westerns. What I did not see were any mysteries or thrillers.
So I asked why. It's a fair question. The response I got was more than a little amusing. They said it's because they don't want "those" kind of people coming in and hanging around. You know that I aske "what" kind of people. They said, "you know, violent people...people…Continue
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