Before settling in Williamsburg, Virginia, Edward Cline lived and wrote in New York, Las Vegas, and California, among other places.
He is the author of six highly acclaimed novels in the SPARROWHAWK series, set in the period leading up to the American Revolution.
His detective novels include PRESENCE OF MIND and FIRST PRIZE, published by Perfect Crime Books. A third novel featuring private eye Chess Hanrahan, HONORS DUE, will appear later this year.
Writing in The Armchair Detective, Allen J. Hubin praised FIRST PRIZE as "Exceptionally strong . . . firm characterization . . . A striking tale."
In Chess Hanrahan, Cline has created an unusual detective, a man of thought and action, "a thinking man's Mike Hammer" who finds that beneath every crime lies a deadly idea.
Edward Cline's non-fiction has appeared in The Wall Street Journal and many other publications.
Ideas that kill . . .
Chess Hanrahan is back in a challenging new novel. It's 1987 and a cabal of social scientists are shaping American thought, while Soviet agents make a grab for an obscure computer company. When a woman working undercover is murdered, the FBI is ordered to keep "hands off" the politically charged case.
Enter Chess Hanrahan, a "thinking man's Mike Hammer."
Chess doesn't like dictatorships, or social theorists, or devious intellectuals. (He's not sure about a sexy short-story writer who has dropped into his life.)
The Russians and their friends are about to run smack into a private detective who uses both his mind and his fists. Because Hanrahan knows the cold truth:
A brilliant novelist wins a literary award and disappears. Private investigator Chess Hanrahan, a "thinking man's Mike Hammer" who reads books and people, turns up more than murder in this sharp-edged, provocative tale by the author of the popular Sparrowhawk series.