As Jim Winter

Jim Winter as Eddard Stark from Game of ThronesDo you like pointless violence, gratuitous sex, and foul language? (Sure! We all do!)

From 2001 until 2015, I wrote crime fiction as Jim Winter. Most of my work centered on a Cleveland-based freelance insurance investigator named Nick Kepler. He starred in baker’s dozen of short stories (collected in The Compleat Kepler), 3 novels (Northcoast ShakedownSecond Hand Goods, and Bad Religion) and one novella (Gypsy’s Kiss.)

I also wrote an Elmore Leonardesque caper involving a stolen Cadillac, an equally stolen holy relic, and a truckstop hooker who is anything but. In Road Rules, a comedy of errors on a road trip from Cleveland to Miami ends in a shootout in Savannah, Georgia. It’s a showdown in the garden of good and evil.

Jim Winter. Or is it TS HottleI also did a collection called The Compleat Winter, which includes several non-Kepler stories and some introductory tales to my forthcoming novel, Holland Bay.

“Jim” will return later this year with Holland Bay, which is best described as The Wire meets the 87th Precinct.

But why wait? Check them out here yourself!

THE NICK KEPLER SERIES

Northcoast Shakedown
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Northcoast Shakedown

Nick Kepler 1

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Sex, lies, and insurance fraud on America’s North Coast. Nick Kepler is a Cleveland insurance investigator who finds three cases, two seeming slam dunks and an easy cheating spouse job, are all tied together somehow. He soon finds himself in a web of sex, blackmail, and murder that reaches the upper echelons of the city’s elite.

Introduction by Ken Bruen

Second Hand Goods

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Second Hand Goods

Nick Kepler 2

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Cleveland PI Nick Kepler returns, but he’s trying to leave. A routine skip trace entangles Kepler in a stolen car ring and attracts the attention of a beautiful Russian woman, who may or may not be the mistress of one or more Russian crime lords. And all Nick wants to do is go on vacation.

Bad Religion

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Bad Religion

Nick Kepler 4

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It’s an old story: A preacher may be digging into the collection plate. But all is not what it seems when Cleveland private investigator Nick Kepler travels to idyllic Chamberlain, Ohio to look into the “Reformed” Ressurectionist Church. Soon, he is consoling partner Elaine as her marriage unravels while they take on a police chief worried about another cult killing in the area, a shady real estate mogul, the Russian mob, and a pagan who knows more about Kepler than he knows about himself. Get born again in this third full outing with Nick Kepler.

The Compleat Kepler (Collection)

The Compleat Kepler
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The Compleat Kepler

Nick Kepler 3

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13 tales of crime and deceit on America’s Northcoast. From a black cop with a racist stalker to a fugitive ducking into an airport on 9/11 to a lover with an ex-husband who doesn’t understand what “divorced” means, Kepler is ready to take on all comers and mete out justice the way they do in this workingclass, unabashedly blue collar city.

Gypsy’s Kiss (novella)

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Gypsy’s Kiss

Nick Kepler 5

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Gypsy is a high-priced call girl who plans to leave the business. When someone tries to scare her out of her decision, she comes to Nick for help. He stashes her on a remote island while he prowls the streets of Cleveland to find her stalker.

OTHER WORK

Road Rules

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Road Rules

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The road trip to Hell starts with a stolen car.

Stan and Mike take what they think is an easy trip to Florida to deliver a collectible Cadillac. Little do they know that they’re hauling something much more important in their trunk. And everyone wants it: The Feds, the Catholic Church, a deeply spiritual – if sex and cocaine addicted – Cuban drug lord, and a desperate PI dressed as a truckstop hooker. Instead of a week prowling the beaches of Miami, they end up in a showdown on a sleepy Sunday morning in Savannah. It’s high noon in the garden of good and evil.

 

The Compleat Winter (Collection)

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The Compleat Winter

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22 standalone tales of deceit, revenge, greed, and jealousy from crime fiction master Jim Winter. Visit the dying steel city of Monticello and see its dark underbelly up close. Find out what horrific secrets lurk in the idyllic surroundings of a Cincinnati suburb. Come to Dublin and find out why it’s not good to cross Paddy, pimp and fixer to the stars who favor Ireland’s largest city. Ask yourself what you’d do if a bully drove your daughter to suicide or a doctor’s stock portfolio killed your sister.

It’s all here, along with the answer to the burning question “Who is that guy in the Poe story ‘A Cask of Amontillado’ talking to, anyway?”