Lance Charnes has been an Air Force intelligence officer, information technology manager, computer-game artist, set designer and Jeopardy! contestant, and is now an emergency management specialist. He's had training in architectural rendering, terrorist incident response and maritime archaeology, but not all at the same time. His Facebook author page features spies, shipwrecks, archaeology and art crime. Lance is the author of three published novels: the international thriller DOHA 12, the near-future thriller SOUTH, and the international crime novel THE COLLECTION. All are available in trade paperback and digital editions. He's also a frequent contributor to Macmillan's Criminal Element website.
"The Collection is a breezy read in the way the very early Leslie Charteris' Saint novels were breezy: entertaining with an underlining of grit below the surface..." -- Criminal Element "Add a gritty blend of international atmosphere, street savvy, art world politics and processes, and criminal interests to the action-packed saga of a ticking time bomb and you have a multi-faceted, well-detailed story that's hard to put down and highly recommended for detective story and intrigue readers looking for something refreshingly original..." -- Diane Donovan, Midwest Book Review Bookwatch "The mystery has enough twists and turns -- with the characters keeping plenty of secrets -- to keep the reader guessing until the very end... A charming start to what promises to be an intriguing series." -- The BookLife Prize "Author Charnes has developed a meticulously complex, rapid-paced plot, and some of the ways the scam works are briefly difficult to follow, but you never believe for a moment that he hasn't thought the whole thing through... More excitement to come!" -- Crime Fiction Lovers