Carpenter Universe —
A Universe from the Mind of Robert McKay
An almost real life Albuquerque, NM, in which Darvin Carpenter, and his family, friends, and acquaintances live and work. If you visit Albuquerque, you'll be able to find ALMOST every place that appears in the Carpenter universe. However, there are differences. :)
Darvin is a PI, and most of the Carpenter universe stories involve him as the narrator. However, some stories only peripherally bring him in, or not at all - but they take place in his Albuquerque.
This is actually the second Carpenter novel, but it's the first which is available for me to post. This is the first visit of the Carpenters to Red Hawk since Darvin left Red Hawk back in the 80s. It ties in with a short story called "Ghost," which I'm also posting so you can get the background of this novel. Also, because of the overwhelmingly positive feedback from The Chief, I'll be posting more chapters at a time. :)
A man hires Darvin Carpenter to find his daughter, who's been missing for years and he's tracked to Albuquerque. But it turns out that his daughter goes to church with Darvin - and ran away from home because her father was raping her. This carries on the story of *Flower In the Wind* - see my newest blog post and that story for more info.
Alan McGee decides to take part in his church's program of witnessing to prostitutes - and runs into a friend from his childhood working the street in Albuquerque. This is a retelling of the Biblical story of Hosea and Gomer, but takes place in the Carpenter universe and connects to the Carpenter story *Angels' Hands*. Unlike the Carpenter Stories this is definitely Christian fiction. See my blog post of 23JAN12 for more info. :)
Someone's killing homeless people in Albuquerque, and because Darvin Carpenter knows people in the police department, and has some abilities that could help the investigation, he and Cecelia become part of the task force looking for the murderer.
The Air Force forbids "fraternization" between officers and enlisted troops. But what happens when a lieutenant and a senior airman come to love each other? Both love the Air Force, both love their careers, and both love each other... and something's got to give.
After the serial murder investigation in Life Is Short, Cecelia Carpenter needs to relax, so the family takes off for her hometown of Leanna, AL. But there are still a few Klansmen about, and relaxation isn't so easy.