As Darkness Falls

A Jake Fleming Investigation

As Darkness Falls, Book Two, of A Jake Fleming Investigation: Investigative reporter Jake Fleming, now laid off from his struggling San Francisco newspaper despite two Pulitzers, has elected to remain in London following his investigation of the murder of a friend there. Apart from a developing love interest, he’s horrified and intrigued by a developing news story: an apparent reprise of Jack the Ripper in post-Conan Doyle London. He convinces his San Francisco newspaper to re-employ him as a freelancer to cover the story. But this new killer, while as stealthy as the original Ripper, is using both high technology and high finance to fund a planned global apocalypse.

Published by ecayres

An award winning novelist, journalist, columnist, critic, and film and television writer/producer, E. C. (Gene) Ayres is a graduate (B.A.) of Syracuse University, worked in New York for seven years producing short films for Children's Television Workshop ("Sesame Street,") ABC, and Time Life Television, then went on to write and produce for various other PBS television series at stations in Maryland, Arizona, and California. Moving to Los Angeles, Ayres began writing for commercial television, primarily in animation, fought unsuccessfully to reduce violence in children's entertainment, worked as a feature development writer for Jack Arnold at Universal Pictures, and was recipient of a Warner Brothers Writers Fellowship. Since leaving Hollywood in the ‘90s he has published seven mystery novels including winner of the St. Martin's Press/Private Eye Writers of America Best First Novel competition. His Tony Lowell Mystery series includes: Hour of the Manatee, Eye of the Gator, Lair of the Lizard, Night of the Panther, and Day of the Red Tide (new in 2022). Four new books are scheduled for publication by his new publisher Speaking Volumes in 2021, three featuring his investigative reporter Jake Fleming: A Tiger’s Heart (now available), As Darkness Falls, and Black Dragon River. His nonfiction The Shakespeare Chronicles is a companion book for A Tiger’s Heart. He was a single parent for more than a decade prior to his nearly three years living and working in China between 2004-2007. There he served as a freelance editor, writer, and university lecturer in English at Harbin University of Commerce in northern Manchuria, where he wrote his nonfiction memoir Inside in the New China (2011). He now lives in Seattle.

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