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The Chatroom Murders

A John DelMonico / Terri O'Brien Novel

In this erotic thriller, former Jersey City detective John DelMonico and his beautiful new partner Terri O'Brien confront unimaginable dangers from teenage hackers, roadside Mexican burritos, rapping white boys, sadistic lunch meat, mutilated stuffed animals, irate California drivers and finally, a pair of kinky, psychotic killers who use the Internet to hunt down and torture their victims.

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The Chatroom Murders

Last One Standing

A John DelMonico / Terri O'Brien Novel

This second novel in the John DelMonico/Terri O'Brien series finds them traveling to Manhattan to investigate a pump and dump securities fraud scheme on Wall Street. As John reminisces about early life growing up on the streets of Jersey City, Terri grows close to someone connected to the case. Along the way they encounter Mafia hit men, fierce nuns and an even more dangerous ex-wife.

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Last One Standing

The Prying Eye

A John DelMonico / Terri O'Brien Novel

This third novel in the John DelMonico/Terri O'Brien series finds them getting involved when the Director’s secretary, Mary Beth Harrington is blackmailed by a rogue Internet service provider technician. He gains entry to customer’s computers by tapping into their service and installing backdoor snooper programs. Not satisfied with blackmail, he begins a murderous spree that must be stopped.

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The Prying Eye

The Hunting Club

A John DelMonico / Terri O'Brien Novel

An erotic thriller, the fourth novel in the John DelMonico / Terri O'Brien detective series finds Terri leaving the safety of the National Cybercrime Investigation Agency to infiltrate a rogue group of hunters who have decided to swap out animal trophies for people while John reminisces about early life growing up on the mean streets of Jersey City.

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The Hunting Club

Shadow of The Throwaways

A John DelMonico / Terri O'Brien Novel

John and Terri take on an assignment to hunt down Mafia backed pornographers that have been exploiting young runaways for their films. Exposing themselves to the seamy side of the mob, they go undercover in Los Angeles, all the while sharing close quarters as they pose as a Mafia goomba and his girlfriend. But it's terrible timing for John as he becomes involved with a fiery, banana kidnapping Irish beauty while he tries to ignore his growing feelings for Terri. Rated 37.5 / 50 Shades of Grey!

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Shadow of The Throwaways

The Peaceful Night

A category five hurricane smashes into Orlando, Florida and forces the people of an exclusive gated community to fend off starvation, a power hungry ex-mafioso don, alligators, a horny but brain dead mutt named Peepers and a psychotic killer who'll do anything to silence the voices in his head until help arrives.

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The Peaceful Night

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The Chatroom Murders

Words113,000
PublishedAugust 23, 2010
ISBN978-0974826233
Price$2.99

Book 1 in the John DelMonico / Terri O'Brien Detective Mysteries Series. In this erotic thriller, former Jersey City detective John DelMonico and his beautiful new partner Terri O'Brien confront unimaginable dangers from teenage hackers, roadside Mexican burritos, rapping white boys, sadistic lunch meat, mutilated stuffed animals, irate California drivers and finally, a pair of kinky, psychotic killers who use the Internet to hunt down and torture their victims.

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To the casual observer, John knew that he probably looked like a new federal agent on his first assignment, his red power tie perfectly centered and every hair in place. Internally, however, his anxiety level was rapidly approaching eleven on a ten-point scale. Hesitating before the lobby entrance, John realized that he was sweating profusely as he contemplated the finality of his decision to accept this job. Gone, perhaps forever, were the dirty streets of New Jersey. Would he ever again hear the familiar sounds of cab drivers cursing in fifteen different languages, middle fingers joyfully extended in a universal driver’s greeting? What would substitute for the eye-stinging fragrance of oil refineries belching toxic fumes strong enough to peel paint from metal? How could he fall asleep on a hot summer’s night without the choruses of automatic weapons chattering off in the distance? All of those memories lived on this side of the frosted glass door, tucked away safely inside John’s head, sharing the space along with his recent divorce, the training at FLETC, and yes, even the Airplane Ride From Hell. Taking a deep breath and being careful not to hyperventilate, he chided himself.

Stop being so damned philosophical and open the door, you wussy. Objects in the rear view mirror are NOT closer than they appear.

John stepped inside the lobby and crossed over to his new life.

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Last One Standing

Words52,600
PublishedJuly 12, 2011
ISBN978-0974826202
Price$2.99

Book 2 in the John DelMonico / Terri O'Brien Detective Mysteries Series. This second novel in the John DelMonico/Terri O'Brien series finds them traveling to Manhattan to investigate a pump and dump securities fraud scheme on Wall Street. As John reminisces about early life growing up on the streets of Jersey City, Terri grows close to someone connected to the case. Along the way they encounter Mafia hit men, fierce nuns and an even more dangerous ex-wife

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The sisters at Our Lady of Perfect Divinity Catholic grammar school belonged to the Order of the Most Holy Virgins, the strictest and most feared of all the nuns. Raised from birth in a secret factory located somewhere in the hills of New Jersey, they took great precautions to insure that the chastity of the young girls in their charge was upheld to the letter of the law. If a girl showed too much leg by wearing her skirt higher than knee length, the full fury of the nuns emerged in force. As if by magic, a wooden yardstick was quickly produced to measure the length of the young woman’s skirt. By law, all nuns had to carry a ruler wherever they went, usually tucked away somewhere discretely in the folds of their long, dark habit. In John’s case, that same ruler was wrapped across his knuckles whenever he gave the nuns a load of crap, which was often. Wielding the wooden measuring stick like a Japanese samurai sword, they would descend upon him like a pack of wolves attacking an injured fawn.
“Hey Johnny, is it okay to kiss a nun?” Spags asked.
His friend just shrugged, waiting for the punch line.
“You can do it, but just make sure that you don’t get into the habit.”

The Prying Eye

The Prying Eye

Words51,090
PublishedAugust 1, 2012
ISBN978-0974826219
Price$2.99

Book 3 in the John DelMonico / Terri O'Brien Detective Mysteries Series. This third novel in the John DelMonico/Terri O'Brien series finds them getting involved when the Director’s secretary, Mary Beth Harrington is blackmailed by a rogue Internet service provider technician. He gains entry to customer’s computers by tapping into their service and installing backdoor snooper programs. Not satisfied with blackmail, he begins a murderous spree that must be stopped.

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Phillip watched the image of the two women on his iPad. The video beamed back from the laptop’s camera was sensitive enough for him to see Terri bent over the unconscious Mary Beth in the dim light. Although messing around with the blonde was amusing, he was really intrigued by the stunning redhead. Watching her every move as she cradled Mary Beth’s head in her lap, Phillip lingered on the scene as his imagination took over.

She looks real damn good in that short dress. We could have had a lot of fun, he thought as he slowly licked at the whipped cream on his coffee. Too bad I got to kill her.

With a smile, Phillip pushed the button, opening the tray and releasing hell.

The Hunting Club

The Hunting Club

Words95,350
PublishedDecember 4, 2013
ISBN978-0974826288
Price$2.99

Book 4 in the John DelMonico / Terri O'Brien Detective Mysteries Series. An erotic thriller, the fourth novel in the John DelMonico / Terri O'Brien detective series finds Terri leaving the safety of the National Cybercrime Investigation Agency to infiltrate a rogue group of hunters who have decided to swap out animal trophies for people while John reminisces about early life growing up on the mean streets of Jersey City.

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Even more fearful than the Our Lady of Perfect Divinity rectory was the Our Lady of Perfect Divinity convent. This was the home base for the Order of the Most Holy Virgins, the strictest and most feared of all the nuns. Bordered by large trees on one side and the towering spire of the church on the other, the building was perpetually cast in a dark shadow, resembling the scary mansion from the Addams Family television show. Since they were his grammar school teachers from kindergarten through the eighth grade, John knew them all. Being a DelMonico, they were all very aware of him.

Among the neighborhood boys, it was rumored that this particular order was an offshoot of a far-flung alien race, possibly from Pluto, but as John liked to think, they were all from Uranus, which led to a never-ending series of butt jokes. But somehow, every kid in the neighborhood knew the truth about the nuns of the Order of the Most Holy Virgins: in order for a woman to be accepted into the secret society, they had to have violently murdered someone in cold blood. John had been informed of this by Spags, who despite being the goofiest kid he knew, was very up to date about these kinds of things. Swearing John to secrecy, his friend told him that this was the reason why they all wore the same long, black habits; all of the nuns were on the lamb and in some kind of religious ‘witness protection’ program.

Shadow Of The Throwaways

Shadow Of The Throwaways

Words100,590
PublishedDecember 1, 2014
ISBN978-0974826240
Price$2.99

In the fifth story of the John DelMonico / Terri O'Brien series, the National Cybercrime Intelligence Agency agents take on an assignment to hunt down Mafia backed pornographers that have been exploiting young runaways for their films. Exposing themselves to the seamy side of the mob, they go undercover in Los Angeles, all the while sharing close quarters as they pose as a Mafia hit man and his girlfriend. But it's terrible timing for John as he becomes involved with a fiery, banana kidnapping Irish beauty while he tries to ignore his growing feelings for Terri.

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Sallie knew what the implication of this meeting was and he did not like it one bit. It was a very bad thing to be called in to see Don Cucchiara. Normally, the old man didn’t meet one to one with just anybody and Sallie preferred very much to keep it that way. If you were unlucky enough to be summoned in for a meeting with Don Cucchiara, you didn’t dare refuse. If you were at your grandmother’s funeral, you went to see him when he called. If your children were sick with a fatal brain disorder, you kissed their fevered brows, then went to see him. If you were lying on the hospital bed with some incurable disease, you unplugged the life support tubes from your arms, then went crawling on your hands and knees to go see him.

Along with everybody else in his crew, Sallie had heard the many stories regarding these individual meetings with ‘The Animal’. If you were extremely lucky, you left the meeting alive and with most of your body parts still intact. If not, you were usually carried out via the rear exit with a slug or two in the back of your head, then transported somewhere to be chopped up into itty-bitty pieces.

Do they still take the bodies out to the desert and bury them there? Sallie wondered as he passed by the famous ‘Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas’ sign. And is my grave already dug?

The Peaceful Night

The Peaceful Night

Words105,840
PublishedDecember 30, 2010
ISBN978-0974826264
PriceFREE!

A category five hurricane smashes into Orlando, Florida and forces the people of an exclusive gated community to fend off starvation, a power hungry ex-mafioso don, alligators, a horny but brain dead mutt named Peepers and a psychotic killer who'll do anything to silence the voices in his head until help arrives. This is a FREE download!

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Opening the door to the large three-car garage, Jake could feel the difference in the temperature even though the space was well insulated. In an effort to keep the cool air inside the house, he quickly closed the door behind him, gratefully leaving behind the irritating thump thump noise his son called music. Even now, the vibrations were emanating from behind a closed bedroom door, the loud bass tones shaking the walls. Throwing the bag into an already full garbage can, he leaned heavily on the lid, letting his weight compact the trash as the plastic lid shut closed with a snap.

He had yelled at Paul to take out the garbage two days ago and then once again this morning, but being the average American teenager, his son’s attention span was severely diminished by an alien disease that made his brain cells unable to communicate with each other properly whenever there was input from a parental figure. The huge amounts of marijuana that he smoked before, during and after his community college classes didn’t help either. At this point in his young life, the only things his neurons could process correctly were the most primitive of basic teen skills such as memorizing the lyrics to every rap song ever produced. Judging from the way that Paul wore his pants sagging over his skinny ass and spoke in the latest gangster ghetto slang, he was one bong hit away from being classified as a drooling idiot.

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About Harry

Everything you wanted to know but were afraid to ask...

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Harry F. Smith grew up in the frozen wilderness of Jersey City, New Jersey   and proudly claims to be a born and bred native, but only when it is to his financial advantage to do so.

After a brief career in the Navy stationed at the amphibious base at Little Creek, Virginia as a member of Beachmaster Unit Two        he attended California State University, Chico,   where he somehow managed to obtain a BS in Mathematics and a Master's in Computer Science.

A glutton for punishment, he spent another year at the McCloud Institute of Simulation Sciences  as a graduate assistant and was the first person to receive a Certificate of Achievement in Simulation Science from the Institute.

He also ate a lot of ramen noodles    and drank many beers   during this time.


After graduating from college, Harry needed to pay off his numerous school loans, so he worked as a software engineer on various defense industry projects. Most of them can't be talked about in public forums without filling out massive amounts of paperwork, but believe me, they involved some pretty cool stuff like lasers and bombs and small furry creatures from other planets.


During this time, he authored many boring technical documents and manuals, such as 'A Case Study of Constrained Nonlinear Optimization Methods' and 'A Thousand and One Ways to Properly Use Your Constructive Cost Model (COCOMO) '. None of these ever reached the New York Times Best Sellers list, although he did win a minor award for 'The Most Semicolon Usage in a Government Document.'


Having conquered the exciting world of software engineering, he finally caved into the voices that rattle around in his head as they commanded him to switch from writing computer code to mystery stories that concentrated on living, breathing people and the evil things that are done by them.


After a while, he started his own E-book publishing company, Like A Duck Publishing and wrote his first novel, 'The Chat Room Murders.'


He invented the character of John DelMonico, an ex-Jersey City detective who is recruited by a friend to join the newly formed National Cybercrime Investigation Agency. This was a bit of a stretch since John was quite possibly the most computer illiterate person ever born. Recently divorced from his childhood sweetheart, John moves out to Silicon Valley to start his life anew, taking his prized '67 Mustang to face the harsh San Jose traffic.


Since all good detective stories need at least one beautiful woman, he is teamed up with the gorgeous Terri O'Brien, a red headed, ex-FBI lawyer babe. A native of California, John soon learns that behind her green eyes lurks a fierce Irish temper. Being a Shaolin kung fu master, Terri quickly proves that she can hold her own in the male dominated world of criminal computer investigations.


Eugene Lee, a Chinese-American software engineer / computer nerd extraordinaire, rounds out the team.


John and Terri's exploits have spanned five novels so far. In each one, they manage to defeat the bad guys while they try to deny the building frisson that they feel for each other.


Lately, Harry has finished the latest story in the John DelMonico / Terri O'Brien detective series. Since there was a bit of a cliff hanger in 'The Hunting Club' , he wrote 'Shadow Of The Throwaways' to continue the story. Maybe this will be the one where John and Terri jump each other's bones ...


Besides the John DelMonico / Terri O'Brien detective stories, Harry wrote 'The Peaceful Night', a story about a category five hurricane that smashes into Orlando, Florida and forces the people of an exclusive gated community to fend off starvation, a power hungry ex-Mafioso don, alligators, a horny but brain dead mutt named Peepers and a psychotic killer who'll do anything to silence the voices in his head until help arrives.

He decided to make this story a FREE download because:
A) He is a kind and generous person.
B) He believes that authors should give something back to their fans.
C) Everybody kept bugging him for a freebie.


Since the statute of limitations for unspeakable past crimes has not yet expired in New Jersey, Harry now lives in Sioux Falls, South Dakota year-round so that he can enjoy the snow, ice and freezing cold weather. His interests include listening to esoteric music, perfecting his vast barbecuing skills and devising new ways to scare small children, all the while fighting killer rabbits who are intent on eating the lush green lawn outside of his condo townhouse.