Alexander Steele is a fictitious, street savvy, African American detective who grew up on the rough streets of Philly. Forget everything you know about gritty, skirt cashing, chain-smoking, broke detectives, of the past. Steele (as his friends like to call him) is a unique breed of detective. When he's in the danger zone Steele fly’s solo but behind the scenes, he often relies on the computer expertise of his best friend/hacker Stan. With Stan’s assistance, Steele has solved dozens of cases from Montreal to Mexico.
After years of car chases and matching wits, bullets and verbal jabs with drug kingpins, murderers, and terrorist the thirty-something private investigator is being prodded by his longtime girlfriend to "get out of the business before its too late."
As difficult as it has been the handsome P.I. has stayed true to his choice of committing to a monogamous relationship with interior decorator Shakia. In an attempt trade in his lifestyle of danger for a profession with a much lower causality rate, Steele opened a posh member’s only club in the Mt. Airy section of Philly. It was an unusual choice for a man who doesn't drink or smoke. Steele’s quirky, hefty; childhood friend Sugar Bear is the club manager. Sugar Bear competence as manager has never been an issue but his attraction to astrology and conspiracy theories often annoys Steele.
Shakia’s relief has quickly turned to frustration because the back booth at Steele’s popular club has turned into his new base of operation. Steele is approached by a never-ending stream of potential murder mysteries clients, some too good to pass up. It becomes apparent that his reputation will not die as quickly as the enemies he has put in the local cemeteries.
The author presents three short stories of fictional private detective Alexander Steele. The predominant setting for most of these stories is the city of Philadelphia and the surrounding area.
"Legacy of Death"
On a hot, muggy night in Philly, a couple was brutally murdered on an isolated rooftop. According to rumors, the couple stashed a small fortune in gold that was never recovered. Twenty years later after new clues and another body surfaces, Alexander Steele is hired to solve this cold case.
From the Author
I grew up watching movies like Shaft, The Mack, and Three the Hard Way. As much as I enjoyed seeing these strong men of color on the big screen I wanted more. About ten years ago I created Alexander Steele, a streetwise African American detective born and raised in Philly. Can a successful PI have a monogamous relationship? Can he still hang with childhood friends while solving dangerous cases? Does he have to have vices like alcohol, drugs or cigarettes to be considered cool? I think the answer may surprise you.
You would be mistaken if you classified these stories as for African Americans only. Alexander Steele has been described as a cross between Sherlock Holmes and James Bond. If you love a good mystery I suggest that you give this series a look or should I say a listen. The Alexander Steele Murder Mystery Series is now on Audio Books.
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