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chasing xharlieLenny Archer had more than a fair share of tough times and hard knocks, but he had finally decided to stay in the game rather than cash in his chips.

Then, two late-night intruders at the Private Investigation office of Archer and Pigeon violently take the choice of life over death out of Lenny’s hands.

Jimmy Pigeon is determined to discover who killed his friend and partner.  He may have to learn what became of the actor who portrayed Charlie Chan in the thirties, and who assassinated a charismatic mobster in the late-forties, before he can identify Archer’s killers.

LAPD Lieutenant Ray Boyle is not anxious to get tied up in the Chinese fire drill that is the Archer murder case, but he is far less inclined to get anywhere near the question of where a former Heisman Trophy winning football player was on an infamous night in June 1994.

Pigeon and Boyle become reluctant allies, sharing little in common beside a mutual hope that Major League Baseball can thwart a players’ strike and the bad guys learn crime doesn’t pay.

CHASING CHARLIE CHAN is available from Amazon.


Abramo’s smart prose and dialogue with a dose of Raymond Chandler and a helping of James Ellroy -The Denver Review


J. L. Abramo was born in Brooklyn on Raymond Chandler’s fifty-ninth birthday. Abramo earned a BA in Sociology at the City College of New York and a Masters in Social Psychology at the University of Cincinnati. He is the author of “Catching Water in a Net” (2001), winner of the St. Martin’s Press/Private Eye Writers of America prize for Best First Private Eye Novel; and the subsequent Jake Diamond mysteries “Clutching at Straws” and “Counting to Infinity”. Abramo’s stand-alone thriller, “Gravesend”, was released by Down and Out Books in trade paper and eBook in September 2012. “Chasing Charlie Chan”, a prequel to the Jake Diamond series, was released in September 2013.

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