A Fatal Grouping (A Charlie Komensky Collection)
Flaws come with private detectives like mustard and onions come with Chicago hot dogs. Charlie Komensky’s flaws don’t just get in the way, they seem to multiply like roaches in a Chicago tenement. Will the hard-driving, relentless detective be brought down as a fatal flaw emerges that could end his career? The answers and more thrills and adventure than Charlie can handle can be found in this comprehensive Charlie Komensky collection.
Flaws come with private detectives like mustard and onions come with Chicago hot dogs. Charlie Komensky’s flaws don’t just get in the way, they seem to multiply like roaches in a Chicago tenement. He starts this series with only two. First, he can’t resist anything to do with trains. You know; the big ones that can kill you if you stand in front of them, get under them, or crawl into the wrong space inside them. Second, he is head over heels in love with Linda Chelwood. She’s out of his league, and both of them know it. Though she can give as good as she gets, she is and will be a source of trouble for Charlie as the series progresses. Charlie’s hubris and his inability to manage his own finances might be considered minor flaws, but Charlie ignores them to focus on detecting, on solving, and on catching the bad guy. Charlie is just as at home in a small Iowa town (The Flat Tire Murders) and a Western backwater (The Steam Locomotive Murders), as he is on the gritty streets of Chicago (Murder U.A.V. and short stories). With a stable of informants, mob acquaintances, political contacts, and women who just can’t leave him alone, Charlie always has his suspect in his sights and his hands occupied. Will the hard-driving, relentless detective be brought down as a fatal flaw emerges that could end his career? The answers and more thrills and adventure than Charlie can handle can be found in this comprehensive Charlie Komensky collection.
This title includes all five stories depicted in the cover collage. The Flat Tire Murders (previously published as Primary Rubber), The Steam Locomotive Murders, Murder U.A.V., and short stories Wheel Deadly and Killer Interview.
All titles remain available individually for Kindle. The novels are also available in paperback formats from Amazon's CreateSpace website.
Books by Charles A. Turek
The discovery of a body disfigured by fire and smoke inside an old steam engine interrupts Charlie’s vacation and threatens his relationship with his capable but frustrated fiancée. She threatens a breakup, and Charlie may stray with the willing female investigator assigned to the case. At the same time, shadowy criminal elements conspire to take advantage of Charlie’s distractions while the grotesque murders mount up.
Short story completing the arc between the first and second Charlie Komensky novels. The publisher of a controversial periodical for Chechen separatists sustains fatal injuries in an SUV rollover. Was it murder, suicide, or just an accident? Laid up from injuries sustained in The Flat Tire Murders, Charlie Komensky faces a challenge: He must solve a mystery while confined indoors, and he must do it with his fiancée looking over his shoulder.
Bullets, car bombs, brutal murder and more explode from the pages of this fast-paced mystery of lust, love, fraud and desperation. Private detective Charlie Komensky, in true murder mystery form, never fires a shot as he investigates an apparent double homicide. He is hired by a rich, seductive client from Iowa who wants to pin the murder of her adulterous lover on the widow, and Charlie finds out murder can be more unusual out in the country.
When Charlie’s fiancée Linda is arrested for domestic terrorism, failing to prove her innocence draws him into a nightmare of death and perversion where Linda isn’t the sweet girl he knew. It’s a world of secret sex clubs, covert militias and high-tech weapons beyond his imagination, where Charlie hangs onto moral high ground by his fingertips. No other case has led Charlie into sexier situations, faster action, more thrills, or higher stakes.
The stalker of a local news celebrity becomes a murder victim, and Charlie can’t avoid getting involved when she’s killed almost right under his nose. Did the celebrity look-alike stalker get targeted because someone mistook her for the real thing? Or did she learn something while stalking, something so powerful she had to be silenced? Charlie exposes the anchor's ties to the Russian Mafia and becomes a threat to more than just organized crime.
The tragic story of Frank Cermak, a fictional, first-generation Bohemian-American living in Chicago at the verge of The Great Depression. He's a proud and opinionated young man, and he thinks he has the world figured out. The old freight tunnel system buried under the city is the tool that Frank uses to rob, murder, and flourish as a petty mobster, and the stage on which he learns more about his other sins than he would like.
A young agent for an international trade agency has remained the strong friend of a college professor who studies ancient science. The agent becomes the subject of an assassination attempt, and finds that his professor friend is not surprised. The professor has known all along that there are powerful people who seek the knowledge of the acceleration of time, and of the words that make it either a weapon or a useful natural phenomenon.