A Fatal Grouping

By Charles A. Turek

Crime & mystery, Thriller | eBook


Flaws come with private detectives like mustard and onions come with Chicago hot dogs. Charlie Komensky’s flaws don’t just get in the way, they seem to multiply like roaches in a Chicago tenement. He starts this series with only two. First, he can’t resist anything to do with trains. You know; the big ones that can kill you if you stand in front of them, get under them, or crawl into the wrong space inside them. Second, he is head over heels in love with Linda Chelwood. She’s out of his league, and both of them know it. Though she can give as good as she gets, she is and will be a source of trouble for Charlie as the series progresses. Charlie’s hubris and his inability to manage his own finances might be considered minor flaws, but Charlie ignores them to focus on detecting, on solving, and on catching the bad guy. Charlie is just as at home in a small Iowa town (The Flat Tire Murders) and a Western backwater (The Steam Locomotive Murders), as he is on the gritty streets of Chicago (Murder U.A.V. and short stories). With a stable of informants, mob acquaintances, political contacts, and women who just can’t leave him alone, Charlie always has his suspect in his sights and his hands occupied. Will the hard-driving, relentless detective be brought down as a fatal flaw emerges that could end his career? The answers and more thrills and adventure than Charlie can handle can be found in this comprehensive Charlie Komensky collection.


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Flaws come with private detectives like mustard and onions come with Chicago hot dogs. Charlie Komensky’s flaws don’t just get in the way, they seem to multiply like roaches in a Chicago tenement. He starts this series with only two. First, he can’t resist anything to do with trains. You know; the big ones that can kill you if you stand in front of them, get under them, or crawl into the wrong space inside them. Second, he is head over heels in love with Linda Chelwood. She’s out of his league, and both of them know it. Though she can give as good as she gets, she is and will be a source of trouble for Charlie as the series progresses. Charlie’s hubris and his inability to manage his own finances might be considered minor flaws, but Charlie ignores them to focus on detecting, on solving, a...


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The author of 6 published novels (the 6th appearing October 1, 2014), one non-fiction book, short stories and many blog essays, Charles grew up in the Chicago area. He went to Jan Amos Komensky School in Berwyn, IL, a school from which he draws the family name for his private-investigator protagonist Charlie Komensky. He graduated from J. Sterling Morton East High School in Cicero, IL, a town then noted for blue-collar work and the headquarters location of notorious Chicago gangsters. He received a B.S. in chemistry from the University of Illinois Chicago, and an M.S. in chemistry from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. After that, he worked as an insurance professional in Illinois and New Mexico for over 40 years. He has recently retired to pursue writing full time, and currently lives in Albuquerque with his wife Rose.


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The author of 6 published novels (the 6th appearing October 1, 2014), one non-fiction book, short stories and many blog essays, Charles grew up in the Chicago area. He went to Jan Amos Komensky School in Berwyn, IL, a school from which he draws the family name for his private-investigator protagonist Charlie Komensky. He graduated from J. Sterling Morton East High School in Cicero, IL, a town then...


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