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Murder in the big city. Tall, dark, and handsome detective. A cast of extras from the grizzled veteran to the flirtatious crime scene crush.

Think you've heard this one before?


Think again.

We're not talking about some hackneyed Chi-town cop, and this sprawling metropolis isn't the kind of melting pot you're used to. Step out onto these mean streets and you've got bigger problems to deal with than Catholic dogma, Latin Kings machismo, or Teamster muscle.

Detective Griffon Dire works the Hammersmith watchtower in the City-State of New Dagonia. Officers on the Job for the NDPD don't wave a gun and a badge; they're strapped with a fully-charged wand and flash a sigil when they kick in a door. You want to talk about a rough day at the office? Dire is up against the likes of the fanatical Spearsworn, the cutthroat Goblin Court, and the intractable Lorry League. And that's just Tuesday.

So, no, this isn't your grandmother's crime novel.

Dire Calls shorts are fast, smart, and modern. They're fantasy for thriller buffs; mystery for magic lovers. The series pays homage to the grand tradition of cop fiction while blazing a bold new trail of its own.

The Dire Crimes series will change the way you look at police procedurals forever.

Reader Review Excerpts:

Day Breaks:

"I'd never read anything in this genre before so thought I'd give it a try. I really liked it! I guess it pays to expand your horizons once in a while."

"Literally from the opening, I was hooked."

"Fabulous."

"I can't wait to read what's up next for Dire."

Noon High:

"I love the fact that Day Breaks and Noon High show two completely different sides of the coin for Dire."

"Here [Dire] becomes a more complex character than in the first series. Nice character development on the part of the author."

"The author has done a fantastic job of getting me absorbed in the detective work of the protagonist, and in the concept overall. This is no small feat given my preferences in reading. I am looking forward to the full novels."

"Captivating and emotional read. Well done!"

Sunset Ride:

"I am a long-time mystery reader, and am loving the fantasy elements in this series. And I can definitely appreciate a man that loves his coffee!"

"I asked for more... details... characters... supporting characters. This story gave me that and well... more. "

[This thread will be updated as new works in the Dire Calls series are released.]
 

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When his first day on the Job in Homicide Unit turns up a body in a warehouse, it's time for Detective Third Class Griffon Dire to start asking questions. His partner's advice? When in doubt, start with the Goblin Court...

Detective First Class Hargold Thief, veteran HU investigator, is Dire's new partner. With over twenty years on the Job, he knows what it takes to get things done. Now it's time for Thief to pass his skills on to Dire, one of the most promising new detectives on the force.

Together the detectives uncover a plot behind the murder of their victim which endangers the lives of thousands. The only way to stop the threat is to bring a sadistic killer to justice. Even if it means going through one of the most violent gangs in the city-state to do it.

Dire Calls Shorts offer readers a quick fix of police procedural action situated in the fantastic world of author Mathew Reuther's Thousand Kingdoms. Perfect for lunchtime, commute, or similar quick reads, the stories focus on the men and women of New Dagonia's finest. New tales of bravery and duty are available every two weeks, ensuring that fans are never stuck waiting too long for new episodes.

Reader Advisory: Dire Crimes stories contain themes which are appropriate for young adult to mature readers. Parents are encouraged to read the story before deciding if their YA readers are mature enough for the subject matter.

(Story length: 7,500 words; SFWA Class: Short Story)


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Then, in a year, you can tell all your friends you got into the series before anyone knew how great it was.;)
 

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After a year on the Job in Homicide Squad, Detective Third Class Griffon Dire is up for promotion. All that remains to be seen is if the review board signs off on a bump to second class. Yet Dire soon discovers that simple interviews are often anything but...

Detective First Class Hargold Thief, Dire's partner, is waiting with a case as Griffon emerges from the grueling interrogation. The call leads to the scene of a brutal, bloody murder complete with a vindictive sexual overtone.

Dire and Thief have an idea of who killed their victim, but the question is: why? In the end, seeking the answer to that question will cost Griffon more than he expects as he discovers that some motives for murder seem far too reasonable...

Dire Calls Shorts offer readers a quick fix of police procedural action situated in the fantastic world of author Mathew Reuther's Thousand Kingdoms. Perfect for lunchtime, commute, or similar quick reads, the stories focus on the men and women of New Dagonia's finest. New tales of bravery and duty are available every two weeks, ensuring that fans are never stuck waiting too long for new episodes.

Reader Advisory: Dire Crimes stories contain themes which are appropriate for young adult to mature readers. Parents are encouraged to read the story before deciding if their YA readers are mature enough for the subject matter.

(Story length: 7,500 words; SFWA Class: Short Story)


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The end of an era draws to a close as Detective Sergeant Hargold Thief greets his last Monday in the NDPD Homicide Unit. He may be ready to retire, but his partner of six years, Detective Second Class Griffon Dire, is far from happy to see the veteran go. Griffon is desperate for one last chance to close a case with his mentor.

Despite being a short-timer, Thief grabs the call for a homicide in Seaward. Dire's elation at getting a last ride with his partner is short-lived as sober reality dawns. At the scene the pair are confronted with the body of Thief's oldest friend in the Thousand Kingdoms, executed in his own apartment.

With the week slipping away, Thief is running out of time to solve his boyhood friend's murder. Dire finds himself increasingly determined to do whatever it takes to back his partner up. Even if it means stepping outside the law to do it…

Dire Calls Shorts offer readers a quick fix of police procedural action situated in the fantastic world of author Mathew Reuther's Thousand Kingdoms. Perfect for lunchtime, commute, or similar quick reads, the stories focus on the men and women of New Dagonia's finest. New tales of bravery and duty are available every two weeks, ensuring that fans are never stuck waiting too long for new episodes.

Reader Advisory: Dire Crimes stories contain themes which are appropriate for young adult to mature readers. Parents are encouraged to read the story before deciding if their YA readers are mature enough for the subject matter.

(Story length: 30,200 words; SFWA Class: Novella)


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Months of sitting idle in the bull pen while his squadmates handle the legwork have left Homicide Unit Detective Griffon Dire restless and yearning for a case. A chance call for backup comes across his link on the busiest night of the year and Dire responds to the request, if only to get back on the street for a few minutes.

The routine stop of a suspected stolen vehicle erupts in a vicious assault as an ambush catches the officers off guard. With one uniform critically wounded and the other injured, Dire is forced to go beyond his training and embrace his powerful heritage in defense of his comrades.

He drives the attackers off, but is unable to stomach seeing the assailants escape justice, and gives chase. Confronted with the no-man's land of the Warrens, he disregards department regs and pursues. Trapped in a maze of slums and unable to call for help, Griffon faces a fight for his life on Dead's Night.

Bonus story, Midnight Sorrows

Dire's increasingly reckless behavior forces his ex-partner, Thief, to bring things full circle as he makes a decision which will change Griffon's life forever.

These are stand-alone shorts. You do not need to read the Dire Calls stories in order.

Dire Calls shorts offer readers a quick fix of police procedural action situated in the fantastic world of author Mathew Reuther's Thousand Kingdoms. Perfect for lunchtime, commute, or similar quick reads, the stories focus on the men and women of New Dagonia's finest. New tales of bravery and duty are available every two weeks, ensuring that fans are never stuck waiting too long for new episodes.

Reader Advisory: Dire Crimes stories contain themes which are appropriate for young adult to mature readers. Parents are encouraged to read the story before deciding if their YA readers are mature enough for the subject matter.

(Story lengths: 13,100 & 3400 words; SFWA Class: Novelette & Short Story)


Patience is a virtue, right?

It's the perfect time to buy. The Partners collects Dire Calls 1-4 in one volume, for one low price!



A former Army officer and a grizzled veteran police detective meet in a chance encounter which sets them off down the road towards partnership. The time they spend together closing cases in Homicide Unit forges a bond between them, inspiring the kind of friendship and respect that lasts a lifetime. Yet all good things must come to an end, and their collaboration on the Job comes full circle within this volume.

  • In Predawn Rescue ex-Lieutenant Griffon Dire sets out to stop a brutal assault and makes a friend in the bargain.
  • Day Breaks follows the freshly-assigned Detective Dire on his first case with friend and mentor, Detective Hargold Thief.
  • The events of Noon High cause Dire to question what a reasonable motive for murder might truly be.
  • In the novella Sunset Ride, Detective Thief is running out of time to bring his oldest friend's killer to justice, and Griffon finds himself compelled to do anything to help his partner. Even if what needs to be done means stepping over lines that ought not be crossed.
  • A frustrated Griffon has a chance encounter on Dead's Night which leads to his pursuit of the perpetrators of an assault on the police; yet in the heat of the chase Dire finds himself drawn into the one place in the city he can't call for help.
  • Finally, a newly-retired Thief and Hammersmith watchtower's Captain Trawler drown their Midnight Sorrows and hatch a plan to bring Griffon back under control.

This bundle consists of the first four Dire Calls volumes: Day Breaks, Noon High, Sunset Ride, and Dead's Night.

Dire Calls shorts offer readers a quick fix of police procedural action situated in the fantastic world of author Mathew Reuther's Thousand Kingdoms. Perfect for lunchtime, commute, or similar quick reads, the stories focus on the men and women of New Dagonia's finest. New tales of bravery and duty are available every two weeks, ensuring that fans are never stuck waiting too long for new episodes.

Reader Advisory: Dire Crimes stories contain themes which are appropriate for young adult to mature readers. Parents are encouraged to read the story before deciding if their YA readers are mature enough for the subject matter.

(62,700 words in 6 stories; SFWA Classes: 4 Short Stories, Novelette, Novella)


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Eight weeks in, six stories, five products, and Dire Calls is moving on to series two! Much, much more to come this year, so check it out now! :D
 
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