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Ed Lynskey

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About this author

Ed Lynskey writes crime fiction and is the author of the P.I. Frank Johnson Mystery Series and the Isabel and Alma Trumbo Cozy Mystery Series.

Email: e_lynskey@yahoo.com
Twitter: @edlynskey

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I have published 14 novels and short story collections. Here's a brief overview.

1. Smoking on Mount Rushmore is my short story collection of the best stories I published over the past decade.

2.Blood Diamonds is a stand alone novel about a diamond heist, and its aftermath nine years later when one of the thieves gets out of prison looking for some answers, and the diamonds.

3. Ask the Dice is a stand alone novel set in suburbia Washington, D.C. about a hit man trying to retire from the business.

4. The P.I. Frank Johnson mystery series appeal

This 1954 police procedural crime movie directed by André De Toth stars Sterling Hayden, Gene Nelson, Phyllis Kirk, and a young Charles Bronson (credited as Charles Buchinsky). Nelson plays an ex-con married to Kirk and gone straight when his old prison buddies, including the hood Bronson, show up on the dodge after making a prison break. The fugitives have a large bank heist plan in mind and p... Read more of this blog post »
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Ask The Dice
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The Dirt-Brown Derby
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Quiet Anchorage
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The Cashmere Shroud
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Topaz Moon (Mystery & Thrillers)
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Description: Book description of Topaz Moon by Ed Lynskey Criminal attorney Hondo Gunn is practicing law in the Virginia town of Emerald Shire where he falls for a younger woman, Aggie Essex, who works for an IT firm. Hondo once served as the consigliore for an organized crime outfit headed by its ruthless chieftain, Drake Hardcastle, and his equally ruthless and gorgeous daughter Maeve. They strike a deal so Hondo can leave Chicago on the condition he has to return if Maeve ever needs his legal expertise. Years later, after Drake dies under suspicious circumstances, Maeve orders Hondo back to help her run the outfit she now leads. Her message reaches Hondo in Emerald Shire, but smitten with Aggie, he balks since he understandably wishes to remain close to her. When Maeve learns of his refusal, she grows angry and decides she must personally teach her maverick lawyer to honor his commitments. Topaz Moon is a stylish, fast-paced crime novel about obsession, greed, and passion with the strong-willed Maeve and Aggie raging at the center of Hondo’s maelstrom.
The Cashmere Shroud (Mystery & Thrillers)
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Description: Chapter 1 opens The Cashmere Shroud where Sammi Jo first learns her father Ray Burl has been murdered from Sheriff Fox. She then goes to see her friends Isabel and Alma Trumbo for their help in solving his mystery.
Pelham Fell Here (Mystery & Thrillers)
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Description: MP and part-time gunsmith Frank Johnson finds his cousin Cody Chapman killed by a twelve-gauge shotgun. Enraged, Frank wants some answers, and fast. Was Cody involved in an arms smuggling scheme? The mystery grows when a pair of murderous deputy sheriffs ambush Frank. After killing them in self-defense, Frank must take it on the lam while he continues his investigation. Eventually he discovers a group of Neo-Nazis, holed up at a remote castle, who may be behind his cousin's murder. Luckily, a couple of bounty hunter pals throw in with Frank to even up the odds.
The Blue Cheer: A P.I. Frank Johnson Mystery (Mystery & Thrillers)
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Description: My private investigator Frank Johnson has moved to his mountain cabin seeking some peace and quiet when a loud jarring noise disturbs his evening. He phones his closest neighbor and friend Old Man Maddox to ask if he heard anything strange. Frank's adventure unfolds from there.
The Dirt-Brown Derby (Mystery & Thrillers)
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Description: PI Frank Johnson is hired by Mary Taliaferro, a wealthy aristocrat owning a horse estate near Middleburg, Virginia. Mary's teen-age daughter Emily has died in a riding tragedy. The local law enforcement says it's an accident. Mary thinks it's murder. Frank is broke and the money Mary offers is too good to pass up, but his case quickly becomes more complicated when the stable manager is murdered one day after he starts his investigation. Frank soon discovers that there is much more going on here, and he is determined to get to the truth, even if it kills him!
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“I cadged a complimentary green matchbook with a gold bird icon from the Bell canning jar. Later we'd use the matches to light our spliffs. My fingertips tapped the stem to the gizmo that dinged a bell. Nobody came out. Wrong signal, so I did two bell rings. No response prompted me to tap out a series of bell rings.”
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“A decade ago when Isabel’s husband Max had died, they’d moved in together and merged their possessions. Neither sister brought any fussy teapots, canaries, sachets, or doilies,
but lots of other stuff had to either stay or go. Looking at the lime green gave Alma the willies. Her suggestion to slipcover it in a more subdued color had garnered Isabel’s frosty stare, and Alma had dropped the matter.”
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“Shouldering the duffel bag with the Marine Corps bulldog, Old Man knocked Jan's photo off the bed table. He turned to stone staring down at the photo. His face then splintered into hurt. Tears seeped into his eyes. He grappled for the nearest bedpost and slumped forward on extended arms. His shoulders jerked and head sagged a little while his heart broke. Old Man cried the mute cry of men of his generation.”
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message 1: by Beth

Beth Hi Ed,
Thanks for befriending this fellow mystery author!

message 2: by J.R.

J.R. Nice to see you here Ed. I see you've been busy too since Dirt-Brown Derby.

Pamela Thanks for the request Ed your book looks like a good thriller!


Bradley Thank you for allowing me the honour to become your friend. =)


message 5: by Ivana (last edited Sep 10, 2008 04:32PM)

Ivana Hi Ed,
your writing looks very impressive, congrats on the great reviews you're getting and thanks for TBRing 'A Decent Ransom', will do likewise with yours, cheers Ivana

message 6: by Bryan

Bryan Weber Thank you! I am looking forward to checking out your book list and getting some new authors and titles for my collection!

message 7: by Timo

Timo Greetings from Finland!
Thank you for introducing yourself to me. Nice to meet you.
I wonder, I wonder, I wonder if your books are on sale in UK? I'm off there for a vacation pretty soon, so I have to look and see.
Your wife has Finn roots, eh? When I can expect you to make a visit here?

message 8: by Ilyn

Ilyn Ross Hello Ed,

How are you? Thank you for being my friend.

Please visit these groups when you have a chance: “Happy & Brainy Group” and “To the Glory of Man”.

Have a wonderful weekend. Best regards.

message 9: by Jenn

Jenn Thanks for the comment, Ed! I have a really excellent mystery bookstore in my neighbourhood that may be able to order your book for me. Keep your fingers crossed!

message 10: by Dorlana

Dorlana Hey Ed,
Thanks! I like the title of your book. Have a happy Halloween.

message 11: by Dean

Dean I've been to DC several times. I was born in Winchester, VA, and only live just inside the WV state line. The descriptions you have for your books are interesting, so I'll have to check them out some time.


message 12: by Dean

Dean Romney? That's where I went to school! -blinks- That's...wow.

I hope all your reads are good as well, and have an amazing week!


El Galan Thank you so much for the comment my friend,I didnt believe such a famous writer like yourself would have the time to write me, so you made my day!

I just recently started hearing about you and am checking your Books out, but I dont know which ones I should check out first.Have any suggestions?

-Jose Manuel (AKA Galan)

El Galan Thank you my friend! I will make arrangements to find it now.

Marts  (Thinker) Hi Ed
Nice to meet you!!

message 16: by Jen

Jen Hi Ed,

I was excited to find out that my local library has 2 of your books (and another one on order!). I can't wait to read them :)


message 17: by Betty

Betty Thanks for voting for my "The Toonies Invade Silicon Valley" on the Listopia list: Best YA Book

Keep your computer humming as you churn out more of those exciting books.

Fondly - Betty Dravis

message 18: by Scott

Scott Thanks for the add!!!

Most of my reading material is good. I have pretty diverse interests so I can get into reading just about anything. Lately, it seems I have not had the time I would like to sit down and get into a good book. Hopefully that will change here soon.

message 20: by Andreas

Andreas Hi Ed, it was an honor to have a friend like you. Be inspired and write more books for us to read. Hehe...

message 21: by Kelly

Kelly Hey Ed! Thanks for the add. I really enjoyed reading The Black Dahlia, and I hope you'll enjoy it too.

message 22: by Jack

Jack Enjoy the Black Dahlia Ed. It's hauntingly disturbing, but it's also probably my favorite crime novel.

message 23: by Anne (last edited Dec 15, 2008 04:20PM)

Anne Hello Fellow Virginian!
Thanks for friending me on Goodreads. Hope your week is off to a good start....

message 24: by Bonnie

Bonnie God's Gift
Little baby on the hay,
soon there'll be another day
when nails shall pierce Your hands
and feet as You provide our sin's defeat.
Risen Jesus on the throne,
we lift our praise to You alone-
for You're the gift that we receive
the moment that our hearts believe.
-Roy Lessin

This Christmas,as you consider all the awesome things that have come to you through Jesus,God's perfect gift,remember that it is but a taste of all the goods things that are yet to come.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

message 25: by Mary

Mary Hey Ed!
Thanks for the friend request, I was a bit lonely!!
This site is magnificent and I am trying to sort out what books I want to read.
I will certainly take a look at your books too. They sound really interesting!


message 26: by Nikki

Nikki I thought I recognized your name! I'm waiting for Blue Cheer to come in from the library. Can't wait to read it. Happy sunday to you too.

message 27: by Ed

Ed Way cool, Nikki! Thank you for writing and for checking into The Blue Cheer at your library. I hope it's a good read for you. Please let me know.


message 28: by Bonnie

Bonnie "Books,like friends,should be few and well chosen."
-SAmuel Paterson

message 29: by Stephanie (last edited Feb 21, 2009 03:34AM)

Stephanie there certaintly was a movie :)
the book, and movie happen to be two of my very favorites
and imo, actually did each other justice, doesnt happen often with books made into movies

I found a few to add to my list thru yours :)
thank you

message 30: by Bridget

Bridget Thanks, you too:)

message 31: by Roger

Roger Cottrell Hin Ed,
Thanks for the friendship.
Always great to meet another thriller writer and proud to be your new buddy on Goodreads.

Jennifer Chase Hi Ed,

Your P.I. Frank Johnson series sounds great. I can't wait to read!


message 33: by Noran

Noran Miss Pumkin Thanks for the invite--will have to check your writing when i am feeling better-dwon with bronchtis for the week or more! :( Your lists look good--see you too are lloking forward to Zombie CSI! :) I do want to look that one over in store first! Been doing a lot of manga this year--but some adult titles do go on your direction somewhat these days. thank you again1 will check out your writings soon--promise!

message 34: by Barry

Barry Thanks for the friend invite. I need to check out your page. Check out my blog and tell me what you think. http://livingwithdialaysis.blogspot.com/

message 35: by Alta

Alta Thank you for the friend invite! Give me some time, and I'm sure some of your books will be showing up on my list :D

message 36: by Cora

Cora Thank you for the invite. I will certainly have to check out your writing. I am a huge fan of mysteries and thrillers, I'm sure that I'll be reading some of your books in the near future.

message 37: by Ed

Ed Cora wrote: "Thank you for the invite. I will certainly have to check out your writing. I am a huge fan of mysteries and thrillers, I'm sure that I'll be reading some of your books in the near future."

Thank you for the friend add, Cora, and sharing your reading list. I just finished Double Indemnity and loved it. Please consider flagging my books as To Be Read, if you do that. Have a great Sunday.

message 38: by Krista

Krista Hi Ed, Thanks for the add!

Elizabeth Hi Ed,
A Belated Happy new year to you!

Charlotte What is the book series that you write about?

message 41: by Ed

Ed I write the Private Investigator Frank Johnson mystery series. The books are on Good Reads with their descriptions. Thanks for asking.

message 42: by Saxon

Saxon Henry Hi Ed: is there a web site or blog you'd like me to list on my blog? http://theroadtopromise.blogspot.com

message 43: by Valerie

Valerie Hi...thanks for the friend request ~ nice to "meet" you! I'm looking forward to reading your books ~ I'm always up for a new mystery series to dig into!

message 44: by Alex

Alex Hi Ed,

This Alex, I jsut became a friend of yours today. I am wondering if your books are either in electronic format or audio. I say this because I am visually imapired, and I read the description of your frist book and it sounds interesting. i would like to read it.

Yours truly,
Alex Diaz
Ed wrote: "I write the Private Investigator Frank Johnson mystery series. The books are on Good Reads with their descriptions. Thanks for asking."

message 45: by Ed

Ed Alex wrote: "Hi Ed,

This Alex, I jsut became a friend of yours today. I am wondering if your books are either in electronic format or audio. I say this because I am visually imapired, and I read the descri..."

Alex wrote: "Hi Ed,

This Alex, I jsut became a friend of yours today. I am wondering if your books are either in electronic format or audio. I say this because I am visually imapired, and I read the descri..."

Hi Alex,

I'm not sure what you mean by electronic format. The Dirt-Brown Derby, Pelham Fell Here, and Out of Town For a Few Days are all available as e-books. None of my books right now are out in audio. Thanks for asking.


message 46: by Dana

Dana I hope this message finds you and your world well. - Dana

message 47: by Jan

Jan Wow, I'd nearly forgotten the DetecToday chats! It seems like those were SO long ago. They were a lot of fun, though. I'm not too active there nowadays, although I did pop in recently to see if anyone knew whatever became of Stephen Greenleaf.

message 48: by Gerald

Gerald Griffin Ed, thank you for accepting me as a friend. Hope your holoday season was a pleasant one. Though the holidays are now passed, may I ask you for a belated Christmas gift: would you please visit my website, www.authorgeraldgriffin.com, and sign my Guest Book. It would be a special gift to see you there! A nice remembrance.


message 49: by Fran

Fran Friel Many thanks, Ed! Lovely to see you here.


message 50: by Erin

Erin Jamison Ed,

Thanks for the friendship.

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