Blair Howard is a retired journalist turned mystery writer and a #1 Amazon Best-selling Author. Until mid-2015, he wrote sweeping historical epics, including the highly acclaimed Chickamauga, a novel of the American Civil War. In July of 2015 he decided to try his hand at writing mystery novels, enter Harry Starke, a hard-boiled detective, "the original tough guy," dark, dangerous, driven, but with a wicked sense of humor and a rougher Mike Hammer type of attitude. Harry Starke, the first in the series, was released in mid-September 2015. Hoodwinked, the 12th book in the series, was released in November 2017 and Jasmine, the 1st book in a new spin-off series featuring Lt. Kate Gazzara, was released to rave reviews a month earlier.