J. A. Stapleton

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I have 103 stories published in 17 collections on the site.
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J. A. Stapleton is the author of three crime novels. His book, film and TV reviews are available on Instagram at @j.a.stapleton.

His Detective Lacey novels are being edited. The series span four books set in Los Angeles between December 1941 and September 1949, combining the historical milestones of the era with fictional crime cases. His literary influences are Ian Fleming, Lee Child, Michael Connelly, Raymond Chandler and James Ellroy. 

The first book in the Detective Lacey series "THE PATROLMAN" will be available on ABCTales.com.

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My stories

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

Second draft of completed first novel - The Patrolman. "At exactly 10:00 a.m., when the woman stopped to catch her breath, there was a thundering in her ears."

The Want - The Bartender

Hollywood. V-J Day - 1945. A nutjob derails a streetcar. A detective investigates. Stumbling across a shuttered speakeasy, Det. Jake Lacey, with a few questions of his own, encounters a familiar-looking bartender. Then the questioning becomes more than procedure. It becomes personal.

The Patrolman (2) - Prologue

Second draft of completed first novel - The Patrolman. "North Spring ought to be the safest area in L.A."

The Patrolman - #3 White Lights, Bright Sirens (Part II)

The look on her face was of confusion. The look on her face when she saw the gun in his hand was of surprise. The look on her face when he spun it round in the air at Tom Maher was of terror.