Better to Read It Than Live It

Thanks for stopping by. If you are a new visitor one of things you’d like to know is what kind of books I write. I write crime fiction. I have two separate series about private eyes. Neither are tough-guy stories, though tough enough. These are true mysteries, where solutions come from smart, solid, criminal investigations — stories not without humor.

The Indianapolis-based Deets Shanahan series, which Booklist calls “first rate” and “too-often overlooked,” the main character is a semi-retired 70ish former Army intelligence sergeant, who is, as the Houston Post said, “keenly aware of death’s proximity.” There are ten in the series so far and all of them include the lovely and funny Maureen, the love of Shanahan’s life.

The second series has just begun and the first two books feature San Francisco native and highly professional Carly Paladino and streetwise interloper Noah Lang in what the Library Journal says “has all the makings of a successful series” and Thrilling Detective says “could be the start of a beautiful relationship.” Lang is the featured character in the prequel, Mascara, and the recently released Death in the Haight, part of Dutton’s Guild-Edged Mysteries imprint revival.

These novels, along with two standalone books — the most recent being Good to the Last Kiss — are not about superheroes. They are not about body counts or gore. The books are about ordinary but interesting people whose lives are blown apart by events beyond their control and need a little help putting the pieces back together.

If you get a chance to wander around the site, you’ll find a long bio, some of my photographs of San Francisco neighborhoods, some articles I’ve written for other publications and access to my blog where I discuss crime fiction, crime movies, writing, publishing and my two home cities — Indianapolis and San Francisco.

Please enjoy your time here and feel free to send me an email or find me on Facebook.

— Ronald Tierney    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Latest Releases from
Ronald Tierney

Death in the Haight

Death in the Haight

A fifteen year old goes missing in San Francisco. Ransom and murder force PI Noah Lang to untangle a twisted tale.

Available in e-book formats. Click to read more and purchase Death in the Haight.

first four shanahans

Life Death & Fog Books is bringing the first four Shanahan novels to paperback and a variety of e-book formats. Paperback editions are from Amazon. E-books are available for Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble's Nook and from Apple's iBooks bookstore. Please click here to purchase.

Mascara, Death in the Tenderloin

Mascara, Death in the Tenderloin

Things aren't what they seem in this suspenseful, gender-bending novella.

Available in paperback and e-book formats. Click to read more and purchase Mascara, Death in the Tenderloin

 

Good to the Last Kiss

Good to the Last Kiss

San Francisco Inspector Vincent Gratelli is charged with finding the killer of young women – all murdered in the same way.

Available in hardcover, paperback and e-book formats. Click to read more and purchase Good to the Last Kiss.

Bullet Beach

Bullet Beach

Seventy-one-year-old private investigator, Deets Shanahan, takes on the search of a lifetime.

Available in hardcover, paperback and e-book formats. Click to read more and purchase Bullet Beach.

 

Death in North Beach

Death in North Beach

Sweet William, a handsome, charming and discreet professional companion to the wealthy, needs help.

Available in hardcover, paperback and e-book formats. Click to read more and purchase Death in North Beach.