J. A. Stapleton

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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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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.