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Weddington, NC
About Me:
Three-Time PWA Shamus Award Nominee. Author of the Pat Gallegher series set in New Orleans, and the Eamon Gold series set in San Francisco. Editor and publisher of The Back Alley, a webzine featuring hardboiled and noir fiction for a new century.
On May 2, 2008, I became the only author ever to win TWO Short Mystery Fiction Society Derringer Awards in the same year, for THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO GORDON BLACK, which was published under my own name in Kevin Burton Smith's Thrilling Detective Website (Thanks Bunches, Kevin and Gerald!!!), and for PAPER WALLS/GLASS HOUSES, which was published under my pseudonym Eric Shane in my own Back Alley Webzine. It's been a big year!
I Am A:
Writer, Publisher, Editor
Books And Authors I Like:
Robert B. Parker, Michael Connelly, Robert Crais, James Lee Burke, Dale Brown, Clive Cussler (guilty pleasure), Reed Coleman, S.J. Rozan, P.J. Parrish, Richard Brautigan, Cormac McCarthy, the list goes on.
Movies And TV Shows I Like:
Mythbusters, Dirty Jobs, 24, Monday Night Football, The Shield, Nip/Tuck (kind of eclectic)...

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At 2:39am on September 6, 2009, Richard Helms said…

Just received a mockup of the cover for my new book SIX MILE CREEK, which will be published by Five Star in March. I hear the ship date is March 17, which is the day after my son's 24th birthday. When you finally see the cover, it starts to get real!
At 8:36pm on July 22, 2009, Preetham Grandhi said…
Hi Richard, I want to introduce you to my debut novel "A Circle of souls" which is a murder, mystery, psychological thriller and a tale of justice and hope. Do visit to read more about the book. Make sure you sign up to win an autographed copy of the book. You can also read more reviews by clicking on the More Reviews button at the website. Thanks for your time in advance.

Best regards

Preetham Grandhi

Early Endorsements for “A Circle of Souls”

Linda Fairstein, NYT Bestselling Author: "A fascinating debut - this novel takes the reader to the darkest places in the human soul, from a writer with the authenticity to lead us there. A stunning thriller and an important read."

Judge Judy Sheindlin, star of the Judge Judy Show: "The seminal work of this fine author kept me glued to my chair until the adventure was over and the mystery solved. A great read!"

Book Synopsis:

The sleepy town of Newbury, Connecticut, is shocked when a little girl is found brutally murdered. The town s top detective, perplexed by a complete lack of leads, calls in FBI agent Leia Bines, an expert in cases involving children.

Meanwhile, Dr. Peter Gram, a psychiatrist at Newbury s hospital, searches desperately for the cause of seven-year-old Naya Hastings devastating nightmares. Afraid that she might hurt herself in the midst of a torturous episode, Naya s parents have turned to the bright young doctor as their only hope.

The situations confronting Leia and Peter converge when Naya begins drawing chilling images of murder after being bombarded by the disturbing images in her dreams. Amazingly, her sketches are the only clues to the crime that has panicked Newbury residents. Against her better judgment, Leia explores the clues in Naya s crude drawings, only to set off an alarming chain of events.
In this stunning psychological thriller, innocence gives way to evil, and trust lies forgotten in a web of deceit, fear, and murder.
At 5:14am on June 9, 2008, Richard Helms said…
Sorry I've been away for a while - it's been a very hectic month. For those who don't know, I became the only author ever to win TWO Short Mystery Fiction Society Derringer Awards in the same year on May 2 (see my profile for more information). I'm finished a couple of books, and I've sent a rewrite of a third to my agent. It's been very, very busy, and to top it all off I'm up for a fulltime psychology faculty position at the college where I work. I have a new isue of The Back Alley Webzine coming out in several weeks, and preparing that has taken a lot of time.
Don't worry, though, I'm still around.
At 2:38am on February 4, 2008, Mary Saums said…
Hey, Rick - the Havana book sounds great. I'm also excited about Back Alley. Good to see you here.
At 12:56am on January 24, 2008, Richard Helms said…
Sorry I've been a little absent from my own page lately. Working on a new novel set in the last days of the Batista regime in Cuba. Yeah, it's a PI tale, but the real star of the story is Havana itself, and the desperation of its people facing an uncertain future. Appearances by all sorts of famous people who lived there in late 1958. It's fun to roll them into the story.

Nice to see how many people have asked to be added as friends on this page. I worked with Lee at the South Carolina Writers' Workshop in Myrtle Beach this past October. Jack I've known for years, and thanks for the kind words (the check is in the mail - oh, wait, you already told me you received it! )

Those of you I haven't met in person, I look forward to seeing at future conferences. At this point, the only certain appearance this year for me will be Bouchercon at Baltimore. I may also do Killer Nashville in August. I'm skipping LCC for a number of reasons, most of them revolving around their panel policies, and Deadly Ink (one of my favorite venues) falls right in the middle of my summer beach trip again this year. I had hoped to do Sleuthfest in February/March, but with two kids in college I decided it would cost too much for the payoff, since I don't have any new books coming out.

For those of you who don't know, I have a hardboiled/noir webzine up and running. Entitled THE BACK ALLEY, you can read it gratis at I'm in the process of choosing stories from the first two issues to submit for the Derringer Awards, and every story involving a PI will be submitted for the Shamus Awards this year.

It is our hope that The Back Alley will become the first completely electronic zine to be accepted as a qualified publisher by the Mystery Writers of America. They turned us down last year, but invited me to reapply in June. Keep your fingers crossed!
At 12:16am on January 24, 2008, JackBludis said…
I've read your stuff (No kidding, Jack) You do good characters, great plots ... (Jack, you shill)
"Yeah," Jack responds, "but it's easy to shill a winner."
At 2:22pm on January 13, 2008, joe miller said…


At 12:41pm on January 4, 2008, Lee Lofland said…
Hey Rick. Good to see you!
At 11:14pm on January 2, 2008, JackBludis said…
Welcome to crimespace. If you start to view members back-to-front, I think you'll see a lot of pals here.

Anyone else who checks here. Rick is one of the budding stars of Hardboiled fiction.

Jack Bludis

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