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Here is an introduction to the novels in the Desert Vendettas series, now available on Amazon.

Madam Ricketts

A Story of Murder, Deceit and Dark Humor

by C.D. Hancock

Madam Ricketts tells the story of John Wesley, a second-generation newspaper reporter who is writing a book based on his late father’s writings and research.

He interviews Maudie Ricketts, the elderly madam of a whorehouse on the Mexican border. She tells of her adventures in New England on the riverboat Lady Minerva and her travels to Arizona in Brother Tucker’s Redemption Caravan that led to her becoming the ‘white’ wife of a rich and cruel man who already had a family. She reveals the dark side of families that loved, deceived, and murdered each other for generations between 1875 and 1953.

As he listens to the stories, Wesley begins to wonder. Is Madam Ricketts who she claims to be? A witness or victim, or something more?

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The Demise of Madam Ricketts

And Other Short Stories

by C.D. Hancock

Twenty short stories reveal the deaths, frustrated loves, torments, vanities, and insanities of various souls from 1878 – 1953. Discover Dr. Deetry’s fatal assumptions regarding virginity and Captain Vann’s tragic attempt at theatrical grandeur. Learn the secrets of the Sanitary Funeral Parlor and what Ammoniah the prophet required of his wives. Witness the end of Madam Ricketts and Charles, her black manservant.

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Biography

Born in Oklahoma and raised in Texas. I’ve been a musician and songwriter for most of my life. The concise nature of songwriting has helped me to write concise stories. My first novel, Madam Ricketts, started after meeting some interesting characters in Arizona and experiencing border life.

A traveler at heart, I haven’t lived in a house since the 70’s. I’ve traveled from coast to coast, Canada to Mexico, as well as to Europe. My first published article was for a travel magazine in the ’80’s. I currently live in a bus with my wife in Arizona during the winter and a cabin in Washington during the summer. I love the richness of life, spending time with friends,  making movies and travelogs for fun, and writing, though my first love has always been my music.

Reviews

for Madam Ricketts

“Madam Ricketts promises a riveting, multi-faceted plot that consistently holds the reader’s attention. While the mature themes of murder, prostitution, and violence make it more suitable for adult readers, those searching for gripping suspense will find this novel gratifying.” — Literary Titan 5 star review

“Hancock’s colorful characters come to life through descriptive actions, revealing details and fabulous dialog. His writing creates visual images of places and characters. I feel like I’m watching the story as much as I am reading the story. As in real life, the “good guys” are not all good, and the “bad guys” aren’t all bad. The story is carried along by complex, mysterious, and surprising plot lines. He deftly creates suspense and intrigue which always makes me want to read one more chapter before putting the book down for the evening.  At the end of book, I wanted the sequel.” — Brian Allen

“Tis a tale full of intrigue twisting your arm to rush to the next page.” Elguezabal 

“This is one of the most enjoyable reads of recent memory. If you like quirky characters and imaginative settings, this book will rank up there with Elmore Leonard.  It is always entertaining and hard to put down: we want to know what happens! I can’t wait for the next book from the author and applaud this as a first novel.” Paul Sherman

“A dive down the (rather dark) rabbit hole, untying knotted tales and spinning through enough twists and turns and slow burns to keep me wondering and wandering – and to keep the trail hot to the very end. Thoroughly entertaining. But what impressed me the most is the economy of style in rendering such vivid images of characters and events, a pithiness that rivals that of some of my favorite authors. Thanks for the ride!” Rand Miller

“I am so impressed with the book. The story is wide-ranging and exotic, creative, hilarious, scary, contemporary, timeless. Your voice comes out loud and clear. I admire your bravery in expressing the sordid, sexy parts and creating such a character as Maudie.” — Neil Von Hoff

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