Die Now, Live Later

“The atmosphere is always first rate” – Publishers Weekly

Mike Faraday, private investigator is back on the job – this time he is about to encounter more than he expects in the macabre freezer cemeteries of California.

When Merna Freeman gets referred to Mike Faraday with suspicions of a racket surrounding her uncle’s death, Faraday snatches at the chance to take on the job.

The details: Merna’s uncle recently passed away, but the will specifies that most of his money goes toward Eternity Inc, a cryogenics lab that promises to store those who have passed away until science can revive them and fix whatever killed them.

However, Merna had been told that the money was going to her… until her uncle was taken in by the men running Eternity Inc.

Mike is already suspicious. He starts sniffing around the operation and finds way more than expected.

Not only is the freezer side of things smelling rotten, but the business is locked up tighter than Fort Knox, which has Faraday’s PI senses tingling.

As he pries further into the dealings of Dr. Krug, Eternity Inc’s doctor and owner, and Rex Beale, Merna’s cousin, Faraday finds more and more threads of a conspiracy.

Now, Faraday must work with anyone that can help him get to the bottom of his deepening plot, featuring murder, deception, and even a few Nazis…

Die Now, Live Later is fifth mystery thriller instalment featuring Mike Faraday. Here, we get a classic look at the PI doing what he does best: finding the truth, even if it takes bending a few rules to get there.

Praise for Basil Copper:

“Hard-boiled thrillers” – The Guardian

“an indefatigable talesmith in the Lovecraftian vein” – Kirkus Reviews

“[Copper has] achieved a truly poignant view of the macabre.” – Science Fiction and Fantasy Review

“his macabre writings have stood alongside the best work of his contemporaries” – The Black Abyss review blog

“lures the reader into a web of gothic splendour and macabre happenings” – Rising Shadow

“well-worth reading for its eerie atmosphere, wonderfully-described underground horrors, and growing tension” – Skulls in the Stars review blog

Scratch on the Dark

“The atmosphere is always first rate” – Publishers Weekly

Mike Faraday, private investigator is back on the job – this time wandering into the world of Hollywood, that elusive elite society that L.A. revolves around.

Dr. Nathan Crisp asks Faraday to find his beautiful yet wandering wife, former famous movie star Zarah Fayne. Crisp makes it clear that there’s no love lost between the two, but Fayne has made off with some money.

Now it’s Faraday’s job to track it down.

While trying to figure out this newest mystery in the way only the sardonic detective can, he uncovers a trail that leads to a million-dollar Hollywood racket in pornographic films.

The trail takes him from Jet Studios to Caribou Lake and, as always, bullets fly and murder will out.

Meanwhile, Mike finds himself surrounded by a host of characters, but who can he trust?

There’s Carol Foster, and the lovely Denise Silverman also takes his eye. And then there’s Starr, the cold professional killer, with Faraday in her sights…

Will Faraday make it out of this one with his life?

He will have to rely on his quick wit, gritty work ethic, and the connections he’s made over the years, including his ally McGiver in the LAPD, to solve this newest case and once again uncover what is really going on behind the scenes.

But as the case complicates itself, Faraday keeps digging for the truth, and discovers almost more than he can handle…

Scratch on the Dark is a gripping mystery thriller that you won’t be able to put down.

Praise for Basil Copper:

“Hard-boiled thrillers” – The Guardian

“an indefatigable talesmith in the Lovecraftian vein” – Kirkus Reviews

“[Copper has] achieved a truly poignant view of the macabre.” – Science Fiction and Fantasy Review

“his macabre writings have stood alongside the best work of his contemporaries” – The Black Abyss review blog

“lures the reader into a web of gothic splendour and macabre happenings” – Rising Shadow

“well-worth reading for its eerie atmosphere, wonderfully-described underground horrors, and growing tension” – Skulls in the Stars review blog

No Flowers for the General

“The atmosphere is always first rate” – Publishers Weekly

Mike Faraday, a private eye, is hired to travel from his native Los Angeles to a small town named Mudville, population 6,000.

It may call itself ‘The Friendliest Town in the World’, but Mike Faraday is about to find out for himself just how wrong that statement is.

He’s been requested to investigate a missing persons case, but soon his investigation takes a sinister turn…

Soon, a body appears.

Then another, and another.

This murderer has a penchant for ice-picks, and shows no sign of stopping.

And it seems that a local General might be next on the serial killer’s list…

With the corpse count mounting, the suave P.I must overcome his toughest challenge yet, and endure some truly gory events if he is going to solve this case.

Basil Copper’s No Flowers for the General is a gripping thriller. This is a page-turner you won’t want to put down.

Praise for Basil Copper:

“Hard-boiled thrillers” – The Guardian

“an indefatigable talesmith in the Lovecraftian vein” – Kirkus Reviews

“[Copper has] achieved a truly poignant view of the macabre.” – Science Fiction and Fantasy Review

“his macabre writings have stood alongside the best work of his contemporaries” – The Black Abyss review blog

“lures the reader into a web of gothic splendour and macabre happenings” – Rising Shadow

“well-worth reading for its eerie atmosphere, wonderfully-described underground horrors, and growing tension” – Skulls in the Stars review blog

Basil Copper (1924-2013) was a British author. He wrote several horror and detective stories, and novels. He was perhaps best known for his series of Solar Pons stories continuing the character created as a tribute to Sherlock Holmes by August Derleth.

Night Frost

“The atmosphere is always first rate” – Publishers Weekly

American private investigator Mike Faraday thought he’d manage to escape the slog of detective work waiting for him in downton L.A. when he jets off to the Bahamas.

But that dream is shattered when he finds a body dumped on the beach in front of him.

Quickly, he becomes embroiled in the violent Mafia underworld, taking a few batterings along the way and meeting some men, and some women, that tend to get your blood boiling.

Follow Mike Faraday as he navigates this precarious illicit gangland and tries to get to the bottom of the hideous crime that has begun to haunt his darkest hours.

Night Frost is a fast-moving crime thriller featuring Mike Faraday, the gritty detective who makes his living the hard way in downtown L.A. Faraday’s sardonic humor and way with the ladies lend an authenticity to this story and the mystery only gets more and more twisted the more Faraday discovers.

Praise for Basil Copper:

“Hard-boiled thrillers” – The Guardian

“an indefatigable talesmith in the Lovecraftian vein” – Kirkus Reviews

“[Copper has] achieved a truly poignant view of the macabre.” – Science Fiction and Fantasy Review

“his macabre writings have stood alongside the best work of his contemporaries” – The Black Abyss review blog

“lures the reader into a web of gothic splendour and macabre happenings” – Rising Shadow

“well-worth reading for its eerie atmosphere, wonderfully-described underground horrors, and growing tension” – Skulls in the Stars review blog

The Dark Mirror

“The atmosphere is always first rate” – Publishers Weekly

Mike Faraday is a P.I. out of the best tradition: salt of the earth, hardworking, a little rough around the edges, but smart as a whip.

When he gets a phone call from a nervous potential client, he thought the case would just be routine.

Then a silenced gun cuts down his client.

Soon, Faraday becomes embroiled in a trail of murder and violence, the likes of which he has never seen before.

Suddenly the case becomes part of a much bigger picture, one that has the potential to get Faraday killed.

Fortunately, being shot at is something Faraday is more than used to.

Despite the fact that corrupt cops run rampant through the LAPD, Faraday finds an ally in Captain Tucker, an apple munching, nose for the truth police chief, as they search for the answers to the mystery surrounding the client’s murder and the subsequent bodies that seem to line up the more they investigate.

The Dark Mirror is a fast-moving crime thriller and the first to feature Mike Faraday, the gritty detective who makes his living the hard way in downtown L.A. Faraday’s sardonic humor and way with the ladies lend an authenticity to this story and the mystery only gets more and more twisted the more Faraday discovers.

Praise for Basil Copper:

“Hard-boiled thrillers” – The Guardian

“an indefatigable talesmith in the Lovecraftian vein” – Kirkus Reviews

“[Copper has] achieved a truly poignant view of the macabre.” – Science Fiction and Fantasy Review

“his macabre writings have stood alongside the best work of his contemporaries” – The Black Abyss review blog

“lures the reader into a web of gothic splendour and macabre happenings” – Rising Shadow

“well-worth reading for its eerie atmosphere, wonderfully-described underground horrors, and growing tension” – Skulls in the Stars review blog