Mike Faricy Bio
Mike Faricy is the award winning author of mystery suspense thrillers woven together with a rich strain of humor and romance. He lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota and Dublin, Ireland.
His entertaining tales are populated with the sort of quirky, oddball characters we’d all like to know more about, but wisely prefer to keep at a distance. They serve not so much as examples, but more often as warnings to the rest of us. The difficulties they find themselves in are usually due to their own bad decisions, but then, bad decisions make for interesting tales.
Dev Haskell series:
Russian Roulette is the first novel in the Dev Haskell series. An entertaining tale of intrigue, rank ineptitude and one night stands. Dysfunctional private investigator Dev Haskell wakes up in bed with his latest client only to find out she’s signed him up with the Russian mob.
Mr. Swirlee is the second novel in the Dev Haskell series. Skirt-chasing, wise-cracking, dysfunctional private investigator Dev Haskell leaves his usual stool at The Spot bar to take on a cake-walk assignment; keep ice cream mogul Mr. Swirlee alive. Turns out Mr. Swirlee is anything but a cakewalk.
Bite Me is the third novel in the Dev Haskell series. Sideways-thinking private investigator Dev Haskell is in the process of calming his latest gorgeous knife-wielding friend with benefits when he gets a phone call. The staff at KRAZ, a radio station that considers itself “The Voice of America’s Future,” need protection from a death threat.
Bombshell is the fourth novel in the Dev Haskell series. Bumbling babe-magnet Dev Haskell has just been handed the job of a lifetime; provide security for a team of beautiful English roller derby stars. Instead of standing guard in the shower room, he finds himself in a world of trouble when he’s mistaken for the stalker-turned-killer he’s been tracking.
Tutti Frutti is the fifth novel in the Dev Haskell series. Private investigator Dev Haskell stumbles into the famed Tutti Frutti club in search of an illegal gambling operation. Instead he finds a bondage club run by the mobster D’Angelo brothers, more murder and action than Dev ever dreamed of and Candi, delightfully sinful Candi.
Last Shot is the sixth novel in the Dev Haskell series. Private investigator Dev Haskell turns down a request from red-headed Desi Quinn. The scenario she describes makes him think the investigation is out of his league. Things quickly turn ugly and Dev goes on a mission to make them right, now he’s the target.
Ting-A-Ling is the seventh novel in the Dev Haskell series. Dev learns that no good can come from answering the phone at 2AM. The giggling woman on the other end of the line found his number on the wall of a bathroom stand she called ‘for a good time’. It’s all fun and games until someone goes missing.
Crickett is the eighth novel in the Dev Haskell series. When the city’s laziest private investigator runs into old flame Karen Riley in The Spot bar, she’s changed, now she’s Crickett, and then there’s the stroller with ten month old Oliver. It seems Crickett’s sometime lover has been caught in possession of drugs and she thinks they may have been planted on him. But five million dollars worth?
Bulldog is the ninth novel in the Dev Haskell series. When corner cutting, back slapping Dev Haskell loses his friend, Dermot Gallagher, in what appears to be a random shooting Dev takes it personal. But the more he learns, the more questions seem to go unanswered. His old nemesis, local crimelord, Tubby Gustafson seems to be involved or is he? Then there’s ‘Fat Freddy’ Zimmerman, a criminal of underachieving and dubious reputation if ever there was one. Swindle Lawless enters, stripping up a storm under her new stage name, ‘Cougar.’ And, just when you think things couldn’t possibly get any worse, Tubby’s psychopathic enforcer, Bulldog shows up and seems to have more than a passing interest in Dermot’s death.
Double Trouble is the tenth novel in the Dev Haskell series. Work is slow for private investigator, Dev Haskell so he agrees to make collection calls to octogenarians past due on their coffin payments. He barely lasts the morning before he quits. On his way out the door Dev recommends “reformed” criminal Tommy Flaherty for the job. Since no good deed goes unpunished, that turns out to be a very big mistake and Dev finds himself taken for the ultimate ride.
Yellow Ribbon is the eleventh novel in the Dev Haskell series.The city’s laziest private investigator, Dev Haskell, agrees to help out his friend Isabella and babysit her two young daughters. He’s on the job for little more than an hour before he’s assaulted and the girls are kidnapped by Carlos O’Kelly, along with Dev’s Sig Sauer pistol and his car.
Carlos, the world’s dumbest criminal, knocks over a mob card game, using, of course, Dev’s gun and car. Which puts Dev in something of an awkward position with the local crime lord, Tubby Gustafson. Tubby gives him forty-eight hours to get the money back. And Isabella’s kind of missing her kids… no pressure or anything.
Dev’s new lady friend Maddie comes with strings attached: the loosely-knotted tie of her short black-silk kimono, and the leash to Morton, her handsome Golden Retriever.
It’s always a sexy mystery when Dev’s on duty, but this caper takes a turn toward buddy adventure when Dev agrees to pet-sit. On their first evening stroll, Dev and Morton are charmed to meet the lovely Princess Anatasia, a purebred Standard Poodle angling for Best In Show title in the Blessington Kennel Club competition, the Super Bowl of regional dog competition. But when the princess’ owner gets in a tussle with a local gambling heavyweight, Dev steps in to help, and the prim and proper world of show dog competition is revealed to be, above all, a competition, plus a big attraction for professional gambling! And these guys are playing for high stakes.
Scam Man is the thirteenth novel in the Dev Haskell series. Morton, the golden retriever, is back just in time to turn Dev’s dating experience with gorgeous AJ into an absolute disaster. Meanwhile his longtime “friend with benefits” Heidi is being showered with jewels and romantic getaways. Dev is investigating Austin Hackett, a scheming attorney who has run scams on everything from porn to disability lawsuits. He can set everything right if only Swindle Lawless and Woofy Barker can keep their act together. Assaults, shootings, scams, broken hearts and murder combine for more humorous entertainment from the master of the bizarre, Mike Faricy.
Foiled is the fourteenth novel in the Dev Haskell series. Fun loving, back slapping, wrong guessing Dev is surprised when Bonnie, a one-night stand from ten years back, suddenly shows up in the office and hires him, along with his Golden Retriever, Morton to provide ‘security’. She and her business partner Iggy are working on a secret software project. Iggy turns out to have a number of issues, add to that the criminal activity of Niles Wegger as he attempts to insert a bug in the software and you’ve got Dev calling on former NFL tight end, Luscious Dixon for some special help.
Dollhouse is a novella in the Dev Haskell series. Dev and his golden retriever, Morton, finds themselves behind the scenes in the adult entertainment business as they investigate the whereabouts of a ‘close friend’. Dev learns that things aren’t always as they seem when he gets some help from a very unlikely quarter.
The Dance is a novella in the Dev Haskell series. Dev, along with his golden retriever, Morton, are hired by a woman to investigate her former daughter-in-law for attempted murder, but all is not as it seems. Turns out there are trust fund issues and Dev begins to learn a lot more than he ever expected.
Twinkle Toes is a short story by Mike Faricy. It’s feared exotic dancer Zoe Lawlor has been kidnapped and private investigator Dev Haskell finds himself on the case. Years back he knew Zoe as Twink, the hottest girl in high school with pink hair. Now, she’s vanished after a supposed photo shoot with Tom Cruise and it’s left up to Dev to find her.
Corridor Man series:
Corridor Man is the first novel in the series by Mike Faricy writing under the pseudonym Nick James. Bobby Custer did all the right things — went to law school, got a job in a good law firm — right up until the conviction for “a minor dalliance with a trust fund”. You could almost feel for the guy – a young man tempted by the high life could make a mistake he regrets and end up losing everything. But as the bodies start piling up, you have to wonder if there’s something about Bobby that’s just not … right.
Chilling and action-packed, Corridor Man exposes a dark, violent undercurrent just beneath the surface of “perfectly legal and above-board”.
Psychotic, sociopathic, and always charming Bobby Custer begins to crawl back up society’s ladder. Along the way a variety of people have his number, but Bobby has a special way of dealing with them, all of them. He’s the friendly next door neighbor, the guy at work who goes the extra mile just for you, only there’s always a price to pay, and baby, you are going to pay.
The average person, upon learning of his employer’s “heart problems, his apparently estranged wife, the rebellious daughter” thinks, “Tsk, tsk, tsk. What a shame.” Bobby merely smells opportunity.
Corridor Man 3: The Dungeon is the third novel in the series by Mike Faricy writing under the pseudonym Nick James. Bobby Custer keeps changing his locks, but somehow he just never feels secure. Small wonder. His women betray him time and again – despite his generosity with his pharmaceutical supplies, and, of course, his fatal charm. His mysterious new tenant and her team of large, muscular handymen – each with a pistol shoved into the waistband of their work pants — have done a fabulous rehab on the house he “inherited”. But suddenly there are a distressing number of murders in the neighborhood.
Try as he might to break free, Bobby’s present existence comes with strings attached – to the disagreeable partners in the law firm where he toils daily, to the feds who got him the job, and to mobster Morris Montcreff, who knows where the bodies are buried — but not necessarily which or how many! Bobby Custer’s never been in control, and never more than one step ahead of Montcreff, as he is drawn inexorably into the sticky center of Montcreff’s web.
Corridor Man 4: Dead End is the fourth novel in the series by Mike Faricy writing under the pseudonym Nick James. Who knew it was so hard to kill your boss? Bobby Custer just cannot seem to bring affairs to their natural conclusion. Against all odds, his boss, Noah Denton has survived each of the unfortunate events in the steady decline of his health. (Closer inspection of the events would reveal the extraordinary coincidence that each occurred shortly after a visit from his “adopted son” Bobby, but no one seems to be inspecting closely.)
Thus far, Bobby has managed to stay in the game by relying on — and cultivating — the worst characteristics of human nature in everyone he meets. But the game is changing, and Bobby’s life is going up in flames bit by bit. Maneuvered into a position roughly right smack in the middle of two opposing crime lords, Bobby can’t be sure who’s trying to kill him at any given moment. The question is: Can he convince one of them he’s worth more alive than dead?
Corridor Man: Valentine is a novella in the series written by Mike Faricy writing under the pseudonym Nick James. Better change the locks. Bobby did! Disbarred attorney Bobby Custer continues to use murder, treachery and perversion in an ongoing effort to increase his personal gains. Ever the charmer, Bobby provides Emily with an unforgettable valentine gift that up until now she could only dream about. Together they forever mark the day with a memorable secret. Psychotic, sociopathic, always charming — and you thought he was here to help.
Mike Faricy Stand Alone novels:
Merlot is a stand-alone novel written by Mike Faricy. Anthony DiMento is a nice young man known to his friends as Merlot. Why would anyone want to hassle him? Seems he borrowed funds from an unscrupulous source, germaphobic mobster Declan Osborne. Merlot owns a bar with money problems and Osborne, backed up by his enforcer Milton, has given Merlot a week to make it right.
Wouldn’t you know this would be the time Merlot falls for lovely bank teller Cindy. Add in Otto O’Malley, the brains behind the state fair taste treat Deep Fat Fried Bacon On A Stick and his infatuation for Cindy. Season with a sprinkling of spice from stripper Serpentina. Top off with the sinister Ditschler brothers; Mendel, Lucerne and Elvis and you’ve got the perfect recipe for another crazy Mike Faricy suspense thriller.
Finders Keepers is a stand-alone novel written by Mike Faricy. Perpetual screw-ups Austin and Andre Boothe decide stealing the local strip club’s nightly deposit from an armored car would be just the thing to augment their income. They’re in for a big surprise when a group of Chicago mobsters turn out to be involved and take the Boothe brother’s get rich scheme personally.
The mobsters suspect someone is leaking inside information and pressure Austin’s former girlfriend, exotic dancer Celeste Desparde, into helping. Celeste tries to tell them, and anyone else who’ll listen, that the Boothe brothers aren’t brilliant criminals, they’re idiots, but there’s a very fine line between brilliant and bone headed. Mob enforcer Gabriel Saventinni arrives to bring things to a speedy conclusion, only to learn he’s on a bizarre date with disaster.
Two zany brothers, ruthless mobsters, an exotic dancer, state police, a small town banker. Things start out crazy, go on to laugh out loud and end up ruthlessly wonderful.
Baby Grand is a stand-alone novel written by Mike Faricy. Childhood pals and terminal losers Mickey Donnelly and Del Dolan have come up with the ultimate pension scheme. A series of madcap snatch and grabs that go immediately off course. Pursued throughout this quirky tale by longtime nemesis and gangster Huey Evans they barely survive the inevitable mishaps and wrong turns.
Between uncooperative husbands, tell all mistresses and a mob contract, success doesn’t come easily. Still, Mickey manages to find time to become romantically involved. In the end, only their stupidity and comic ineptness can save them.
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Chow For Now is a stand-alone novel written by Mike Faricy. Sometime private eye, Dickie Mullins would be a lot better off if only he ignored ex-wife Rae Nell’s get rich schemes. But then, that’s not how Dickie operates. Rae Nell has just been hired by rip-off artist Terry Taggert to promote his unique line of steaks. What better way to introduce the dining public than an open house at Dickie’s Emporium of Dance, a meat market of a slightly different nature. By the time the open house is concluded Rae Nell’s fling with her boss Terry Taggert has erupted into a very public affair and Terry’s wife, heiress Helen Hardy, is looking for justice. Meanwhile, Terry’s assistant, Luther Suggs, is increasing the body count just as the health department closes down Dickie’s Emporium of Dance. Did we mention the fur coat scandal? Fortunately for Dickie his girlfriend D.J. is still talking to him, and eventually he listens.
End Of The Line is a stand-alone novel written by Mike Faricy. Businessman Perkin Hoyt is a victim of the great recession and a long trail of bad luck. He can’t even get an appointment, much less a loan from the bank where he’s conducted business for the past thirty years.
Meanwhile, across town disbarred attorney Alfie Costello purchases a ‘hot’ laptop in a midnight parking lot transaction. Alfie sells the laptop the following morning to handyman Christy Keenan. Unfortunately for Christy the laptop comes with all sorts of attachments; schemer and scammer Dallas Gornik, the inept Lewis brothers, hitman Morris Carney and crabby, retired priest, Father Owen Gillings.
An insane journey of comic ineptness and gonzo plans eventually joins Perkin and Christy as two of the more ‘sane’ individuals in another one of Mike Faricy’s bizarre worlds. It’s truly the End of the Line, the question is for whom?
Slow, Slow, Quick, Quick is a stand-alone novel written by Mike Faricy. Running on financial fumes Val Harwood and Hub Schneider flee Minnesota for sunny Florida. Along the way they run afoul of Atlanta lowlife John Wilkes Brooks. Just as Hub falls for sheriff’s assistant and dance partner Elke Evans she’s stalked by an ex-lover. Complications are bound to arise, but not before Hub stumbles across a surprise that brings New Jersey mob enforcer ‘Crazy’ Bobby Falconi to Florida. Murder, mayhem and a drizzle of double cross become the order of the day.