National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) novel. I finally finished with the preliminary editing, so here it is. By preliminary, I mean all I did was correct the spellings and the typos, made the character names consistent, and cleaned up the grammar a little.
This is writing in the raw, but that's part of the fun of NaNoWriMo -- producing a 50,000 word novel in a month. This particular piece, The Commissar Commands, continues the adventures of Raven. Raven is a mysterious crime fighter of the 1930's, and has been the subject of all my NaNoWriMo projects.
I've always enjoyed the pulp literature of the 1930's, and the breakneck speed at which most of it was written seemed very close to the NaNoWriMo spirit.
Below are links to all the novels. One thing to keep in mind: while the
writing is done, the editing has yet to start in earnest on any of
these. I've tried to clean up as many mistakes as I can find, but there
may be some plot points that need fixing, chronologies that need
tweaking, and other structural issues a professional editor would see
and correct. It's only after they've been edited that I will officially
offer them to the world (and you'll see them on Amazon).
Men mysteriously die of a weapon that doesn't fire bullets! Toy
police badges are left at the scene of the crime! What does it mean? Can
Raven solve the puzzle before becoming the next victim?
The Crimson Cypher
A dead thief found in an isolated farm yard clutches a coded message
in his hand -- a message that pits Raven and Crow against a merciless
army of killers in an international race to rescue Police Commissioner
Rowland from certain death and save America from saboteurs!
Death in Five States
A beautiful young heiress is trapped in an express train full of
killers! Can Raven and Crow reach her in time as the train of doom
hurtles across the country, leaving a trail of murder behind it?
The Purple Doom
A mysterious figure holds sway over New York society. His demands are
simple: pay to live, or die the horrible death known as the Purple
Doom! And after Commissioner Rowland and MacGuffey are attacked, Raven
must fight alone to stop the Purple Doom from destroying an entire city!
The Crime Broker
Business is booming in the underworld. Someone is investing in crime, and the police are overwhelmed. Can Raven help stem the tide of lawlessness and stop a powerful supercrook from taking over the city?
When the Commissar Commands
Who is behind the concerted attack on American industry? A vital new weapon to Uncle Sam's arsenal is in jeopardy, and even the Federal authorities are helpless. Can Raven stop a nest of spies and unmask their leader before the weapon is stolen?