Dan Burley

A missing child, an aging drunk, and a personal mystery on a grand stage.

    "Bully For You" (volume one of the "HARPER mysteries") follows cantankerous, slightly-alcoholic private investigator Reggie Harper as he attempts to track down Michael Waller, a missing eleven-year-old boy in Seattle, Washington.

    Before long he discovers this is anything but your average missing persons case, stumbling upon a far-reaching web of fabrications, corruption, abuse, and murder.

    Will Detective Harper find Michael Waller before it's too late, or will something strike him down before he ever gets his feet on the ground?

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Fear the years ahead of you, but enjoy your time together... while you can.

COMING APRIL 30th, 2018


"You don't really mince words, do ya'?"

"No, I guess not."

"I like it. You'll probably be an excellent detective."

    To celebrate the one year anniversary of their release, the short story "When I Met You" and the novelette "The Heart's Filthy Lesson" will now and forever be available as their own, free e-book, right here.

    In "When I Met You", Detective Reggie Harper recalls the murder of John Lennon as well as the day he met Maryanne Hillard - a brilliant, beautiful journalism student who would change the course of the rest of his life.

    In "The Heart's Filthy Lesson", Detective Reggie Harper delves a little more into his college days, and a handful of events that would shape his and Maryanne Hillard's lives and relationship.




"Sometimes, a man just has to be a bull in a China shop, and that's all there is to it."

    Detective Reggie Harper is a man constantly flirting with the end of his rope. From his youth in upstate New York, through his early adult life and into his golden years, there has been no shortage of hard lessons both learned and taught. No shortage of heartache and pain.

    However, through it all, he has had anchors to help keep his rage at bay. Friends and family who provided him with love, hope, joy, and understanding. Loved ones who acted as beacons to guide him through his own inner darkness.

    Not all of Reggie Harper's stories deal with a case. Not all of his stories have a perp. Not all of his stories end with someone in a cage.

    A man can't always be a bull in a China shop, after all.




There's little more important in this world than knowing someone has your back.

    In the wake her mother's murder, Elizabeth Harper fought hard against the pain the world gleefully hurls at those living in it. She fought hard against the darkness, vowing to keep her own light alive so that she may carry on in her mother's footsteps.

    "Teenage Female", the dramatic prequel to "Among The Dirt and Bones" (volume two of "the HARPER mysteries"), revolves around Elizabeth's mentoring of a fourteen-year-old girl named Robyn Ackerman.

    A young girl who lost everything before she could even understand the concept of loss. A young girl who floated from foster home to foster home until she finally wound up in a group home for wayward girls. A young girl who never had anyone looking after her.

    A young girl whose life could easily have been Elizabeth's.




Who could've ever guessed things would turn out this way?

    When college freshman and aspiring detective Reggie Harper met Maryanne Hillard - a brilliant, beautiful journalism student - he knew he'd be with her until the end. They immediately became the most important part of one another's lives, and that importance only grew in intensity as their relationship bloomed.

    This "HARPER mysteries" side story chronicles some of the best and worst years in their lives. Through good times and bad, the road they traveled was anything but smooth. However, through their shared struggles, Reggie and Maryanne's devotion burned bright and unflappable, no matter the odds, no matter the obstacle, no matter how considerable.

I'll go to my grave loving you. Missing you.




Fear the years ahead of you, but enjoy your time together... while you can.

    "Among the Dirt and Bones" (volume two of the "HARPER mysteries") picks up directly where "Bully For You" left off. While in the midst of investigating a grizzly, horrifying crime scene, detective Reggie Harper gets a call that further derails his night.

    The caller? His daughter Elizabeth, bearing news of the murder of a loved one. The victim? A young woman named Robyn Ackerman, a once troubled girl Elizabeth mentored for a number of years after college.

    Fighting through their shared grief, the Harpers set out to get to the bottom of Robyn's murder while an ominous shadow is cast upon Seattle in the form of a series of bizarre, brutal killings.

    What led Robyn back to Seattle, and is her death at all connected to the serial killings, or just another random, unfair death in a random, unfair world?