J.D. Hardin Western Series

Bob Gleason at Playboy Press decided to launch a new series of western novels, and created two running characters, Doc and Raider. He also came up with the pseudonym J.D. Hardin, which the publisher owned.

I was one of a number of writers hired to write the books, and ended up doing nine of them.

Besides providing a decent payday, working on the series encouraged me to build a good research library on the old west, which I enjoy to this day.

Selected Works

For anyone who aspires to a writer's career, this book is a must-read.
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"With shades of The Manchurian Candidate hanging over the entire story, Experiment in Murder takes on the subject of hypnosis and creating unknowing murderers. "
Murder, She Wrote
When competing restaurants open in Cabot Cove, Jessica must track down who killed one of the chefs.
Jessica Fletcher is invited to ring in the New Year with British aristocracy. Too bad someone’s about to end the life of the party....
Jessica investigates a cast and crew of suspects when someone is found dead on a movie set.
My Favorite Book
Madness and mayhem during Prohibition.
My book of 35 years ago, "Coffee, Tea or Me? was reissued spring 2003, with a new foreword.
Remarkable Tale
A Cold War cult classic, once again available to the reading public.