A Carson Reno Mystery

Written by

Gerald W. Darnell





Copyright 2012 by Gerald W. Darnell

ISBN: 978-1-105-24363-9

All rights reserved. No part of this book may be used or reproduced in any manner whatsoever without written permission, except in the case of brief quotations embodied in critical articles and reviews, without written permission from the publisher.

cr press

Gerald W. Darnell

 The characters and events in this book are fictitious. Any similarity to real person, living or dead, is coincidental and not intended by the author.

 Cast of Characters

Carson Reno – Private Detective

Joe Richardson – Associate Drake Detective Agency

Rita – Hostess ‘Starlight Lounge’

Marcie – Peabody Hotel Telephone Operator

Andy – Bartender ‘Down Under’

Mason ‘Booker-T’ Brown – Head Porter Peabody Hotel

Nickie/Ronnie Woodson – Owners Chiefs Motel and Restaurant

Tommy Trubush – Carhop Chiefs

Jack Logan – Attorney /Partner

Leroy Epsee – Sheriff Gibson County

Jeff Cole – Deputy Gibson County

Scotty Perry – Deputy Gibson County

Nancy Oakland – Deputy Gibson County

Dr. Harold Barker – Coroner Gibson County

Elizabeth Teague – Airline Stewardess and friend of Carson’s

Mary Ellen Maxwell – Humboldt Socialite and owner of Maxwell Trucking

Judy Strong – Vice President of Maxwell Trucking

Gerald Wayne – Owner Wayne Knitting Mill

Nuddy – Bartender Humboldt Country Club

Larry Parker – Chief of Detectives Shelby County

Steve Carrollton – Head of Memphis Mafia family

Robert Earl – Fishing guide in Everglades City

Tony Scarsetti – Head of the East Coast Mafia family

Lewis LaForge (L.L.) – Head of the New Orleans Mafia family

Jose Lewis Chavito – Crime Lord in San Juan, Puerto Rico

James Henry King – Mafia Associate

Johnie Gibson – Mafia Associate

Nathan ‘Noodles’ Galey – Airport Worker

Sanford Galey – Half- brother of Nathan – lives in Humboldt

Jan Guthrie – Airline Stewardess

Jane Dudley – Airline Stewardess

‘MoMo’ Murphy – Mafia Associate

Jimmy ‘clean hands’ Sweeny – Mafia Associate

Hanson Collier – Jan Guthrie’s boyfriend

Florence (Flo) – Waitress at Chiefs

Mavis – Waitress at Chiefs

Marlon Crow – Owner Humboldt Truck Stop

Richard P. ‘Dick’ Valentine – Former Humboldt Chief of Police

Ivan Negron – Airport Worker

Joe ‘Spider’ Torino – Pilot

Frankie ‘Loose Wheel’ Carbone – Pilot

Sam Maranzano – Mafia Associate

Paulie Santore – Mafia Associate

Joey Gallo – Mafia Associate

Angelo Bruno – Mafia Associate

Katie Mueller – Owner Rose Lane Villas

Camilo Rivera – Colombian Enforcer

Julio Escobar – Colombian Drug King




To my close and dear friends Dennis and Elizabeth Hansen and his parents Don and Alice Hansen.  Don passed away in 2011, I’m sorry he didn’t get to read the book.

Contribution Credits

Elizabeth Tillman White

Judy Steele Minnehan

Mary Ann Sizer Fisher

Material Credits

Humboldt Public Library

Gibson County Historical Website

Humboldt Courier Chronicle

Everglades National Park

Libby Lynch


It’s 1962 and the Mafia has discovered some new tricks in getting their drugs from Colombia to the streets of America.

Their plans are working perfectly until an unfortunate boating accident puts the FBI back on their trail.

Carson’s friend, Elizabeth Teague, has a large amount of cash hidden in her luggage and this cash belongs to the Mafia.  They want it back.

Protecting his friend and sorting through the details, Carson finds himself in the middle of a conspiracy that has roots in Humboldt.  He also finds a murder with too many suspects.  

From the Everglades, to Puerto Rico, to Memphis, to Humboldt, to Key West – join Carson as he tries to separate the good guys from the bad guys in

‘the Everglades’.





“Life is cheap – make sure you buy enough”

Carson Reno