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


Paint It, Red (Part I of II)

1 An hour later I was back in my cell, sweating again, plotting my own death. I missed my wife Katharine terribly. But, above all things circulating...


RUN, RABBIT, RUN. On the farm, ev'ry Friday On the farm, it's rabbit pie day So ev'ry Friday that ever comes along I get up early and sing this...

To Live and Die - Chapter 1 / Persona non Grata (2 of 2)

He opened his eyes and there was a low moan from the struggling engine under the colossal weight of two and a half tons. The driver slowed down to a...

To Live and Die - Chapter 1 / Persona non Grata (1 of 2)

It happened when the farmers had already set out across the barren landscapes with their tools in hand, unsuspecting. The sun was fast rising in the...

To Live and Die - Chapter 5 / Time to Kill (1 of 2)

Bond crept in and waited for the door to swing shut behind him. With a smile spread across his cheeks he toed the heel of his oxfords off eagerly. He...