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DALE CONLEY

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Full Name: Dale Conley
Nationality: American
Organization: BEI
Occupation Agent

Creator: Erik Carter
Time Span: 2017 - 2020

ABOUT THE SERIES

       Dale Conley is an agent with the Bureau of Esoteric Investigation (BEI).
       That is a "tiny, covert group with the Department of Justice. Conley was "part of a small group of agents with knowledge in specialized fields". His was history for which he had degrees. Dale Conley was not his real name but "was the name they'd given him when he joined the BEI. He hadn't liked it at first, preferring the name he'd developed - Max Iron. Naturally, this less-than-mature name choice had been shot down by the higher-ups. But he'd grown to love the name Dale Conley, and now he fully and deeply identified with it. He was Dale, and Dale was he".
       For a historian, and that is what Conley correctly thinks of himself, the man gets into a ton of trouble but then that is pretty much what the nature of the BEI is - a go-to organization meant to house people who would normally have worked for one of the other, more normal alphabet agencies but because of their expertise work for a group that farms them out to those other bureaus on a case-by-case basis. One week Conley, and his fellow agents, might be assisting the FBI, the next ATF, then maybe NCIS, or BIR, or OIS, or - you get the idea.
       But the key point to that help is that BEI agents like Conley are not just experts who offer specialized opinion and then step back to let the real agents do the dangerous work, rather they are as trained in the same way the ones being helped are so when the fists start flying and knives get pulled out or guns brandished, a man like Conley knows quite well what needs to be done. "It seemed to Dale Conley that he stared down an armed maniac almost every day of the week." That is the opening line of the prequel to the regular adventures of this very busy man and it definitely sets the scenario for, well, his life.
       The activities of Conley and the BEI take place in "the 70's". No more specific time frame than that.

BOOKS

Number of Books:8
First Appearance:2017
Last Appearance:2020

1 Stone Groove Stone Groove
Written by Erik Carter
Copyright: 2017

This is a strange one for Conley. In rural Virginia an entire community of scores of people have vanished. Over night. All that was left was a message carved into a stone and that was bloody.
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2 Dream On Dream On
Written by Erik Carter
Copyright: 2018

Conley always wants to catch his man but this time it is far stronger. The serial killer Conley is after is extremely gruesome in his methods of killing. Whats more, the deaths are related to a controversial theory that could have tremendous ramifications if proven.
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3 The Lowdown The Lowdown
Written by Erik Carter
Copyright: 2018

In New Orleans murders connected to race are escalating and Dale Conley is sent to get answers. What he finds is an organization that wants to bring back slavery in the South. It helped start the Civil War back in 1861 and it is planning something major again.
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4 Get Real Get Real
Written by Erik Carter
Copyright: 2018

Dale Conley is in San Francisco where the son of a powerful crime boss has vanished. The man suffers from extreme hallucinations and believes he is living in another time. With so many others after him, it is surprising the man has stayed hidden. Meanwhile there is a group that is using the search to launch its own attack on the city.
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5 Talkin' Jive Talkin' Jive
Written by Erik Carter
Copyright: 2019

Dale Conley should have been suspicious when he got the unsigned note asking him to come to a nuclear weapons facility to help. What he finds are Russian spies and a mad would-be ruler who claims to be a prophet. And a weapon far more deadly than any before it.
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6 Be Still Be Still
Written by Erik Carter
Copyright: 2019

The dilemma facing Dale Conley in this case is that the killer is leaving horribly mutilated bodies with strange references to historical uncaught killers but those old killings seem unconnected otherwise with the current ones.
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7 Jump Back Jump Back
Written by Erik Carter
Copyright: 2020

What starts out as a look into the disappearance of two teenagers who were connected to an underground cult morphs for Dale Conley into a battle with a group of deranged people threatening an entire city. And then Conley finds it goes even deeper than that.
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8 The Skinny The Skinny
Written by Erik Carter
Copyright: 2020

The small town in Arizona is hit with two murders in as many days. Dale Conley believes that the "emaciated, cunning, demented suspect" knows more than he should but to learn anything he has to trail the man out into the desert.
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9 No Fake No Fake
Written by Erik Carter
Copyright: 2020

Dale Conley is intrigued with the whispers of ghosts causing the disappearance of people in the lovely city of Savannah, Georgia. Those not wanting his to learn the truth are not so lovely.
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NOVELLAS AND SHORT STORIES

Number of Stories:1
First Appearance:2019
Last Appearance:2019

1 Get Down Get Down
Written by Erik Carter
Copyright: 2019

A crazed man out for revenge is using and improving on the crimes of the man called the Mad Bomber in history. Dale Conley is out to stop him but the killer is every bit as smart and crafty as Conley.

MY COMMENTS

       "Dale Conley had never let something like a set of orders get in his way." That is a line in one of the adventures that leapt out at me and sort of told the story of the character. He is not willfully disobediant but rather just decides that more often than not his way is also the right way and that instructions from someone not in the line of fire are subject to review.
       He is a fun character who enjoys life. He is not rich but does like to live well if the opportunity arises (and damn the expense reports!). He is not lecherous or lascivious but will also never pass up a chance to ask a good looking woman to dinner. He is fun.
       The writing on this series is as laid back as Conley is most of the time and as action-packed as Conley gets when the need shows up. They are all very fast reads in that the stories do not bog down anywhere and since you know something else is going to happen on the next page, you just kinda keep reading to learn what it is.
       I'm hoping he keeps doing what he is doing for some time.

GRADE

My Grade: B+

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