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Michael Carrier has published fourteen books of fiction, all centered on his main character, Jack Handler, a retired Chicago homicide detective. His books have been featured throughout the mid-west, mainly centering in Michigan and in the Upper Peninsula. His latest book is called Sault, retired Chicago Homicide Detective, Jack Handler, and his daughter Kate, a New York City homicide detective, with the help of Jack’s good friend Henry, are contracted by the Federal Government to identify and help apprehend the hitman hired by Former First Lady Allison Fulbright. And while they are engaged in in that adventure, Jack’s two boys are swept away by a huge wave generated when Deep State terrorists blow up the Soo Locks in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Michael holds a Master of Arts degree from NYU, and has done an additional two years of postgraduate work in Philadelphia.

Michael Carrier never had a doubt that he would become a writer of fiction. When, as a journalism student in college, his professor required him to write his own obituary, he wrote that when he turned fifty years of age he would begin writing fiction. The professor was not pleased that Michael wanted to delay his career, and so challenged the rationale. Michael simply told him that he would not start writing novels until he had accumulated an appropriate inventory of life experiences.

However, his professor, who happened to be the editor of a national weekly magazine, gave Michael a job writing for him. For two years (while still in college) Michael wrote or edited sometimes up to three articles a week.

Later he edited the Student Association Newsletter at the Graduate School of Hebrew and Cognate Learning (University of Pennsylvania).

From 1993 until 1998 Michael wrote a column that appeared in a few small magazines, and in 2006 he published his first book: “WIND.” It was a compilation of forty of the articles from his column.

In 1998 he founded “Goodschools.Com,” arguably the first real blog on the Internet. On his site he published articles regarding various aspects of education, and provided a forum for his readers to comment. He maintained that blog until 2006. It was at that point he decided to begin writing fiction. And because the blog was such a lightning rod of controversy, he decided to pull it off of the web.

Since that time he has published fourteen books of fiction, all centered on his main character, Jack Handler, a retired Chicago homicide detective. He is currently working on the fifteenth: “To China with LOVE.”

Regarding his comment to his journalism professor that he would not begin writing fiction until he had built up an adequate inventory of life experiences–he has definitely honored that commitment.

Michael has at different times in his life driven truck throughout the US, hustled pool and gambled poker from Texas to Montana, traveled the country hitchhiking, spent five years in Greenwich Village’s East Side, delivered diamonds for a diamond wholesaler in New York’s diamond district (he disguised himself as a down-and-outer), tended bar at a New York nightclub, climbed dozens of water towers throughout the US, panned gold, skydived, and worked for over two decades in private security. Oh, and yes, it is true–Mike and his wife did drop in on the Woodstock concert. It was, however, totally by accident. They had been backpacking in the mountains nearby and wondered about all the commotion.

Michael holds a Master of Arts degree from NYU, and has done an additional two years of postgraduate work at the Dropsie College of Hebrew and Cognate Learning in Philadelphia, where he was put to work inspecting incoming mail and packages for threats.
One of his favorite hobbies is creating intricate puzzles. Since 1992 he has periodically assumed the persona of “Mountain Mike.” As this character, he hides a treasure (which is a ten dollar bill) somewhere around Grand Rapids, Michigan. He then every week publishes puzzles, which contain clues as to the location of the treasure.

When a lucky sleuth finds the treasure, Mountain Mike buys it from him for $1000. So far, since 1992, Mike has rewarded seven such treasure hunters.

Currently Michael shares his time between his three seasons home on Lake Superior and  Grand Rapids, MI.

His list of favorite places or things to do:
* Drinking a doppio con pana at Starbucks (or at any good coffee shop).
* Writing killer novels, of course.
* Exploring caves.
* Dining at a Ruth Crist.
* He has four favorite cities: Paradise (MI), New York City, Grand Rapids (MI), and Paris.
* Writing an inscrutable puzzle (This eccentricity got him in trouble with his first novel. You might want to ask him about that the next time you see him.).

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“Books are gems. Books which leaves your spine aching from sitting up all night reading them; Books whose characters live in the bright corners of your mind. Books which hold the limits of space and time within them; Books which teach you all that man knows and all that man wants. Books are power” ― Philip Womack.

Previews

Some of Evie's Favorites

Skydiving onto the deck of a moving freighter…at night…and then add bombs and explosions…

In Superior Shoal, murder and mayhem stalk Jack Handler throughout the Great Lakes, culminating in the fiery sinking of a thousand-foot freighter in Lake Superior.

The greatest challenge of his life…at night…

His two fourteen-year-old foster boys have witnessed a murder and are being hunted down by the killer. At the same time Henry, Jack’s best friend and right-hand man, is assaulted and nearly killed in an attempted revenge attack. To make the situation worse, his Chicago bar is targeted with an audit by former First Lady Allison Fulbright, his long-time nemesis, in an intricate plot to have him killed by his own clients. With everything except the sky crashing down on him, Jack calls on his daughter Kate, a New York City homicide detective, to come to their aid. Together with their good friend, Secret Service Agent Roger Minsk, they struggle through the greatest challenge of their lives.

Former First Lady Allison Fulbright is back, and she again has her sights set on killing former Chicago Homicide Detective, Jack Handler. Jack’s “motor mouth” friend, Legend, has agreed to take Jack’s two foster boys on a one-week Lake Huronfishing trip to protect them from Allison. But, it didn’t work out very well. While they were fishing, Deep State“terrorists” blew up the Soo Locks, releasing a twenty-two foot wall of water, catching Legend and the boys by surprise.But, as usual, nothing is as it would seem. It turns out that the reason for the Soo Locks’ bombing was to hide the Government’s mismanagement of the Locks.And Legend was the man who discovered the problem. He further found out who was responsible.Adding weight to the situation, Legend proves that his discovery, Government Malfeasance, is the underlyingcause of the devastating Great Lakes Erosion Disaster

Federal Judges are being murdered. One of the cases was broken by Kate Handler, New York City homicide detective. She is concerned about the nature of the case because the killer’s legal team seem all to eager to settle the case quietly.

But when a justice on the US Supreme Court dies mysteriously at a hunting camp in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Jack Handler swings into action. Before all the smoke clears, more than a few members of the Federal bench meet their end.

Fantastic read with an awesome detective duo—I couldn't put it down! Can't wait to read the next one! —by Katie