Varian’s World

Stamford 40's006An Investigator for lawyers and insurance companies, Varian Pike lives his life with the shadow of the war always over his shoulder. He is a wounded man, but not physically. The wounds that plague him affect his soul, not his body. Unmarried, with few friends, he finds consolation in jazz and in his work. Almost ten years after the war, he still feels out of place. Whenever he gets close to somebody, he pulls away. Or they die. He is very good at what he does, but even that doesn’t impress him very much. Very much like Raymond Chandler’s Marlow he finds meaning in his life “looking under rocks.”

Varian Pike’s ties to Stamford run deep, but he is not sure why. Born on the wrong side of the tracks, he has never really fit in or been fully accepted, especially by the elite. His taste, curiosity and his values set him apart from almost everyone. It is the rare individual who sparks his interest. For some reason those relationships are too often interrupted by death, violent death.

Delicious Little Traitor is the first in a series of neo-noir books set in Stamford, Connecticut in the late 1940’s to the late 1950’s featuring Varian Pike. Atmospheric in the tradition of L.A. Confidential and The Black Dahlia. Varian’s cases are at first deceptively simple but develop in rapidly, widening circles that connect to some of the major issues of the day: paranoid politics, Beatniks/hipsters, Gossip Journalism, financial frauds: issues that continue to have resonance in the twenty-first century.