Ray Daniel

Boston-Based Mysteries


Buy Child Not Found

For hacker extraordinaire Aloysius Tucker, taking his nine-year-old cousin Maria sledding is all about frozen toes and hot coffee in the warming house. It shouldn't involve chasing after Maria as she's led into a long black car by a stranger in a Bruins jacket. But by the end of the crisp December morning Maria is gone, her mother is dead, and her father―mafia don Sal―has been arrested for murder.

Sensing blood in the water, would-be successors to Sal's criminal empire square off, agreeing on nothing but the idea that Sal's blood relative, Tucker, needs to be eliminated. Searching for Maria through freezing days and nights, Tucker persists even as his relentless efforts draw him into a deadly crossfire between every power-hungry crook in Boston.


"Daniel is more than generous with the violence, guilt, tweets, craft brews, and compassion."―Kirkus Reviews

"[A] satisfying whirlwind"―Publisher's Weekly

"By any measure, [Child Not Found] is a terrific book. It's got a gripping plot, characters so real you can feel them, and a narrative voice that grips you by the heart and won't let go. A terrific read!"―John Gilstrap, author of Friendly Fire and the Jonathan Grave thriller series

[A] satisfying whirlwind
— Publisher's Weekly
. . . grips you by the heart and won’t let go.
— John Gilstrap, author of Friendly Fire and the Jonathan Grave thriller series
Daniel is more than generous with the violence, guilt, tweets, craft brews, and compassion.
— Kirkus Review


Uber-geek Tucker and his beautiful wife, Carol, developed controversial security software together until the day he was fired and she was murdered.  Now, six months later, another software engineer is dead, bringing new clues to light in Carol's cold case.  


Haunted by the memory of is wife, Tucker is determined to track down the truth behind the killings.  He pulls strings to get hired back into MantaSoft, but office politics turns deadly as Tucker takes on the FBI, Russian mobsters, and a psychopath known as the Duct Tape Killer.

Buy Terminated

... a smart novel with plenty of witty asides,
slam-bam action...
— The Boston Globe
This mystery was a joy to read....A delightful series. Don’t miss it
— BookLoons

When computer hacker Tucker is told that a dead man is lying outside his Boston home, he's shocked to discover that the body looks just like his father . . . who died fifteen years ago. Tucker soon learns the terrible truth: the dead man is a half-brother he never knew he had. Determined to find answers, Tucker tracks down his father's second family.

But Tucker's first impressions of his long-lost relatives are spoiled when dark family secrets begin to emerge. Unresolved issues torment Tucker while he struggles to discover his place among his newfound kin. As he digs deeper into the murder and the family's hidden life, Tucker becomes trapped in a dangerous scheme, and there may be no way out.

Buy Corrupted memory

Compulsively readable . . .
— ✭ Publisher's Weekly Starred Review
a corker of a mystery
— ✭ Library Journal Starred Review
A taut novel of high tech and high drama . . .
— Reed Farrell Coleman, New York Times-bestselling author of Robert B. Parker's BLIND SPOT


Ray Daniel

Ray Daniel

Ray Daniel is the award-winning author of Boston-based crime fiction. His short stories “Give Me a Dollar” won a 2014 Derringer Award for short fiction and “Driving Miss Rachel” was chosen as a 2013 distinguished short story by Otto Penzler, editor of The Best American Mystery Stories 2013. 

Daniel’s short fiction has been published in the Level Best Books anthologies THIN ICE, BLOOD MOON, STONE COLD, and ROGUE WAVE; as well as in the Anthony-nominated anthology MURDER AT THE BEACH (Down and Out Books). 

His novels, CORRUPTED MEMORY, and TERMINATED have been published by Midnight Ink.  CORRUPTED MEMORY is the second novel in the Tucker Mysteries and has received starred reviews from Publisher's Weekly and Library Journal. 



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Writing Tools

This page contains writing resources that I use and that I've shared in writing classes.

Muse 2016 : A Map in the Wilderness

These are the files used to create the examples and resources in class.  They are all .docx files and are compatible with word.  The zip file at the end of the list contains all these files plus PDF versions. 

Eight Sequence Map—A blank template for writing your sequences.

Star Wars: Eight Sequences—The Star Wars example

Casablanca: Eight Sequences—The Casablanca example from class

When Harry Met Sally: Eight Sequences—A bonus example

Zip Archive—This zip file contains all the files and their PDF versions.