Charlie Raines
Created by Timothy Williams

Memphis, Tennessee-based CHARLIE RAINES, the "pot-bellied Sam Spade," is the P.I. creation of author Timothy Williams, and definitely one to watch.

His adventures have been featured in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine and in fact, his 2005 entry, "The Breaks," was nminated for a 2006 Best Short Story Shamus, and "Half Lives" won the International Thriller Writers Award for Best Short Story.


  • “The Breaks” (September/October 2005, EQMM)
  • "Exposure" (March/April 2008, EQMM)
  • "Half Lives" (March 2011, EQMM)

Report respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.

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