Jimmy "Soldier" Riley Novels

Walk the mean streets of wartime Panama City with Jimmy “Soldier” Riley, a wounded, woman-haunted knight errant in Michael Lister’s resonant new noir series Publisher’s Weekly calls “a promising private detective series set in 1940s Florida,” and Library Journal says “peppered with snappy dialog, this hard-boiled mystery by award winner Lister is a swell read.”

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The Big Goodbye

Someone is following Lauren Lewis.

She ducks into the office of PI, Jimmy “Soldier” Riley, not to hire him, but to find out if he’s the one following her. Back when they were lovers he told her if he ever decided to, she’d never know he was there.

It’s1940’s Panama City, Florida. The world is at war, and the growing panhandle paradise is doing its part. Tyndall Field is training pilots. Wainwright Shipyard is building battleships. The Naval Section Base is protecting vessels in the Gulf. The Dixie Sherman Hotel is hosting celebrities such as Clark Gable. Harry Lewis, a wealthy banker, is running for mayor, unaware his wife is running for her life.

With a secret to hide and a husband running for mayor in a city exploding and expanding like no other time in history, Lauren doesn’t want trouble, but she’s about to get a double-barrel full of it. Only one man can help her, and though it might destroy him, he doesn’t mind. Better to die than be the walking wounded.

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The Big Beyond

Someone's trying to kill PI Jimmy “Soldier” Riley. And he's inclined to let them. But before sleeping the big sleep and journeying to the undiscovered country to discover what dreams may come, there’s blood work to be done.

Picking up right at the thrilling conclusion of "The Big Goodbye," "The Big Beyond" finds Soldier near death with one hell of a big score to settle and more than a few injustices to square along the way—all while searching wartime Panama City for a dangerous serial killer who combines art and murder.

What really happened to Soldier and Lauren the night they left town? Did they survive? Will their love? What comes after saying the big goodbye? Is there anything out there in the big beyond?

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The Big Hello

Picking up right at the thrilling conclusion of "The Big Beyond," "The Big Hello" finds Soldier near death searching for justice and love—all while searching wartime Panama City for a dangerous serial killer who combines art and murder.

What really happened to Soldier and Lauren the night they left town? Did they survive? Will their love? What comes after saying the big goodbye and the big beyond? Is there anything or anyone left to say hello to?

Stylish, retro, and highly entertaining, Michael Lister's "The Big Hello" continues the romantic, mysterious, adventures of one of the most interesting and compelling classic hard-boiled detectives to come along in a very, very long time.

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The Big Bout

Picking up right at the thrilling conclusion of "The Big Hello," "The Big Bout" finds Soldier working two new cases and taking care of his friends in wartime Panama City.

History. Mystery. Romance. Action. Thrills. Suspense. Noir.

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The Big Blast

A missing girl. A shell-shocked soldier. A wife stepping out on her husband. Two women beaten to death. A sinister sabotage plot. A wounded, relentless private eye who will stop at nothing to protect those he loves.