Created by Randy Rawls
Big hat, no cattle? Or the real deal?
ARTHUR CONAN EDWARDS (that's just "Ace" to his friends) has been around. He may carry his heart on his sleeve at times, but he also carries a gun in his boot. He's been a husband and a cop. But after an early retirement, and a messy divorce, he's happy just being an affable Dallas private eye, making a living (most of the time) chasing cheating husbands and wives, and doing the things a man's gotta do. Oh, and wearing a cowboy hat.
He must be an amiable guy. Besides his two travelling companions, a couple of cats named Sweeper and Striker, he seems to always be running into old pals, no matter where he travels.
In fact, although he has a P.I. license, Ace often ends up usually working for old friends, often against his better judgement.
In Jake's Burn (2001), it's a friend from the small Texas town where he grew up, and in Joseph's Kidnapping (2002), it's an old college football buddy who's in desparate need. In his latest, Jade's Photos (2003), he does actually have a stranger for a client, but he ends up working the case with Kit Levitt, a (female) fellow PI from Dallas and Ace's close (you guessed it) friend.
So far, Ace has appeared in three easy-going adventures, self-published by Randy Rawls, who seems to be developing a solid fan base. Rawls is a retired U.S. Army officer, and a former native of Williamston, NC, a small town in the northeastern part of the state. He's currently a member of the Mystery Writers of America and the Western Writers of America, and lives in South Florida.
A fourth book, Jingle's Christmas (2004), marks a departure of sorts. Not only is it published by Quiet Storm, but it's a rather whimsical Christmas tale which has Ace attempting to recover some stolen toys for one of Santa's elves.
Report respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.
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