Charlie "The Hook"
Created by Victor Gischler
CHARLIE "THE HOOK" SWIFT is a hardboiled kinda guy in a new series of stories, which has hit the ground running.
One of Victor's short stories, "Hitting Rufus," was selected by Otto Penzler for his Best American Mystery Stories 1999. The first Charlie story "Hitting Rufus," was selected for Houghton Mifflin's Best American Mystery Stories 1999. "Headless Rollo,"a stand-alone chapter of Gun Monkeys, the first novel in the proposed series, due December 2001 from UglyTown, was posted on the Plots With Guns web site.
Charlie Swift is nice enough guy -- he takes care of his mom and kid brother. But don't cross him, because he's also one stone cold killer, a gangster who isn't shy about killing anyone who gets in his way.
According to his bio, "Victor Gischler started by writing science fiction, horror and fantasy stories. Although he published a few things in minor places, most editors were content to politely ask him to crawl off and die alone and unloved. Instead, Victor decided to shift gears. When Victor was a teenager, his step-father started feeding him John D. MacDonald novels, and Victor consumed the entire rainbow of Travis McGee adventures. Thus began the slow hard-boiling process of Mr. Gischler. He soon learned the brutal joys of private eyes, street-wise hoods and femme fatales. Victor lives in Raleigh, North Carolina with his wife Jackie." Victor's also writes about dark fantasy/horror private eye Dean Murphy and Florida's beachcombing P.I., Conner Samson.
Thanks to Victor Gischler for the heads up.