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Books by J.J. Partridge

  • Under Blood Moons

    In Under Blood Moons, J. J. Partridge pulls back the curtain on the drama of parole board hearings and unpopular decisions.

    Under Blood Moons introduces a not-to-be-forgotten hero, the raffish Jake Fournier. As a former boozer and opiate abuser who still suffers migraines and PTSD resulting from the loss of an arm in the Iraq War and the death of his pregnant wife at the hands of a hit-and-run driver, he makes an improbable parole board member. Amid confronting his wife’s murderer in a fight to the death, he steps into a whirlwind of political and social media turmoil when an embittered and disfigured lifer-who, thirty years earlier, as a teenager, confessed to a brutal murder-petitions the board for parole.


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  • Scratched

    As Algy Temple, the deft pool player, sleuth and Ivy League university lawyer, investigates the suspicious death of a retired professor, it coincides  with his involvement in a high stakes pool tournament in Providence, where old world shadows hang heavily in the air. Unexpectedly, he finds himself on a path that leads him to  Rome  and the Boot of Italy where he confronts  the dreaded ‘Ndrangheta crime family and discovers a past haunted by  vendetta and  conspiracy.  Mobsters and shylocks, a Ponzi scheme, an outraged Italo-American community locked in a culture war with the University, a pool hustler’s last gambit for recognition, and his fiancé’s, the sassy and beautiful Nadie Winokur, focus on their upcoming  wedding add complexity to the suspenseful tension.  Algy picks  his way through dark alleys of moral corruption and  the murky world of big time pool where the  match  becomes a wager of life and death.

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  • Straight Pool

    An Algy Temple Mystery! The body in the ashes of swank Haversham Golf Club sparks Algy Temple’s involvement in a death far removed from Carter University’s latest skirmish with Providence’s mendacious mayor Sonny Russo. Is the fire related to a proposed casino? Or the site’s legacy as ‘sacred’ ground for a band of swamp dwellers? Or the result of ethnic and class hatreds? And how do the harsh realities of Rhode Island’s colonial wars and the ’38 Hurricane play into a megalomanic’s assaults and Providence’s poisonous politics? From Providence’s East Side, elegant Watch Hill, and the glories of Northern Italy to the grim reality of South County’s swamps, Algy’s investigative urge duels with his sense of justice as he applies his deft pool skills against opponents who play for keeps. With his companion, the comely psychologist Nadie Winokur, Algy Temple faces his greatest challenge in a game of Straight Pool!

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  • Carom Shot

    Carom Shot is a solidly plotted traditional mystery with enough twists and reversals to appeal to puzzle-lovers. Algy Temple is the kind of fictional friend you’d want watching your back, whether in a dark alley, a boardroom or a courthouse. Carom Shot is a terrific debut that brings old Providence alive from the church steeples to the cracks between the cobblestones. Algy Temple is a wonderful addition to the ranks of sleuths.

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J.J. Partridge’s distinguished career practicing law provides experience with Providence’s high times and lowlifes. An astute observer of academia, politics, politicians and pool, his novels illuminate academic sensibilities and campus foibles, political turf wars and ethnic tensions, civic sleaziness, gaming’s relationship with Native Americans, and particularly the murky world of the sport of pool, both amateur and professional. Carom Shot and Straight Pool are the original titles in the Algy Temple mysteries; Scratched continues the series.