J. A. Stapleton

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I have 104 stories published in 17 collections on the site.
My stories have been read 64035 times and 18 of my stories have been cherry picked.
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J. A. Stapleton is the author of three crime novels.  His epistolary short story “Loyalty” was published by ESTRO in 2017.  His film reviews are available on Instagram and Facebook, with in-print weekly reviews published in REBEL magazine for the University of Essex.  He was recognised for his efforts and work exhibited in the Albert Sloman Library as a writer of the University. 

His novels are currently in the editing stage.  The Detective Lacey series span four books set in Los Angeles between December 1941 and September 1949.  His literary influences are Ian Fleming, Lee Child, Michael Connelly, Raymond Chandler and James Ellroy. 

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J. A. Stapleton does not claim to own any of the images used nor does he make money from them, each having been sourced from Wikimedia Commons and his own illustrations.  No copyright intended.

My stories

Out of the Frying Pan

Frank Klein figured he was being watched the moment the doors closed behind him with their pneumatic hiss.

The Want - The Instructor

December 1942 - Central Division Shooting Gallery. Officer Jake Lacey learns a lesson in humility from a weapon's master: in order to overcome one's fears, one must first learn to trust himself.

The Patrolman (2) - Chapter I: The Patrolman (Part IV)

Second draft of first completed novel - The Patrolman. "Three bullets had passed cleanly through the door."

The Patrolman (2) - Chapter I: The Patrolman (Part III)

Second draft of first completed novel - The Patrolman. "He had the distinct impression that this had all happened before and that it would all happen again."

The Patrolman (2) - Chapter I: The Patrolman (Part II)

Second draft of completed first novel - The Patrolman. "The confrontation seemed to last just a few seconds."

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5 of my comments have received 5 Great Feedback votes

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This is an good piece.  It

Posted on Mon, 28 May 2018

This is an good piece.  It feels more like Science Fiction to me - what if violence stopped - and that novum is interestingly looked at with the unknown narrator and the second person pronoun.  I would list this as Science Fiction, but if you...

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The rhyme works really well

Posted on Wed, 29 Jul 2015

The rhyme works really well and love the image that is conjured up through the imagery. Really lovely.

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Posted in After a Long Night Alone