Miles might be gone fishin’ or involved in some sort of international intrigue, but he’s well-represented by his associates at these fine venues: 


October 10, 2014
6:00 – 7:00pm
San Antonio, Texas
The Twig Book Shop website
Location and Directions

Conversation and Book Signing
October 17, 2014
5:30 – 7:30pm
Rockport, Texas
Texas Maritime Museum website
Location and Directions

Conversation and Book Signing
October 25 – 26, 2014
11:00am – 5:00pm
Austin, Texas
Texas Book Festival website
Location and Directions

Conversation and Book Signing
November 11, 2014
7:00 – 8:00pm
Austin, Texas
Book People website
Location and Directions

Conversation and Book Signing
December 13, 2014
2:00 – 4:00pm
Galveston, Texas
Galveston Bookshop website
Location and Directions

Conversation and Book Signing
Januray 15, 2015
Houston, Texas
Brazos Bookstore website
Location and Directions

Texas Author Series
April 9, 2015
Abilene, Texas
Abilene Public Library website
Location and Directions

Conversation and Book Signing 
April 12, 2015
2:00 – 5:00pm
Spring Branch, Texas
Abilene Public Library website
Location and Directions


Miles is highly sought after by book clubs, visiting in person and by phone about his wickedly witty novels, his upcoming books, and/or the vagaries of his unorthodox life as a writer. If your book club is interested drop him a line. 


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It’s 1953 and life is good at The Shady Boat and Leisure Club, the Sweetwater brothers’ ancestral fish camp, dance hall, and beer joint on Ransom island. The little spit of land between Port Aransas and Corpus Christi offers day fishing for anglers, cold beer for the eccentric cast of Shady’s regulars and Saturday night dances for any and all. Rupert Sweetwater and his brothers have carved out an idyllic little kingdom on the Texas Coast, and don’t expect things to change. Why would they?


The biggest event in the island’s history is coming up—an integrated dance featuring Duke Ellington. It’s a daring idea for Fifties-era Texas, and not everyone is happy about it. The local sheriff is fuming, the Ku Klux Klan is rumbling, but all Rupert sees is a chance to host his musical idol.


Meanwhile, 200 miles up the Texas coast, sinful Galveston Island is running wide open. Gambling, women, illicit booze and numbers rackets—the “Free State of Galveston” has them all, thanks to the ruthless Ginestra brothers. But too much ain’t enough, as they say, and the Ginestras are looking to expand.

Back on Ransom Island, a scared young stranger named Sally Rose materializes under the strangest of circumstances and finds an unlikely refuge with the Sweetwaters. The only trouble is, Sally Rose’s last name is Ginestra, and, unwittingly, she draws Ransom Island and the Sweetwaters into the crosshairs of her lethal Galveston family.


Soon, getting blacks and whites dancing peacefully in the same room together is the least of the Sweetwaters’ problems. Galveston’s top mobster—Sally’s father—has Ransom Island in his sights. He wants his daughter back, and the Sweetwaters under his thumb. And God help anyone who gets in his way.


Suddenly life on sleepy little Ransom Island becomes crowded, complicated…and very, very dangerous.



The book club series has partnered with Good Samaritan Community Services and will read Ransom Island by Miles Arceneaux, whom will be on hand for the book club’s gathering to answer any questions. 
    — San Antonio Book Festival, Book Club Series Launch, November 15, 2016 

Ransom Island named among the most memorable books of 2014.” 
    — San Antonio Express-News, Great reads from 2014, December 26, 2014 

“A seamless, atmospheric and sardonic comic thriller.” 
    — The Dallas Morning News, Book review: Four mysteries with Texas ties, December 26, 2014 


“Miles Arceneaux named among the top five Texas authors of 2014.” 
    — Mystery People, Top Five Texas Authors of 2014, December 23, 2014 


Ft. Worth Star Telegram lists Ransom Island as one of its 2014 “notable books by Texas authors.” 
    — Star Telegram, New & Notable: Books by Texas Authors, November 23, 2014


Austin Man Magazine calls Ransom Island a “must-read.” 
    — Austin Man Magazine, Texas Book Festival Must-Reads, October, 2014


“A rollicking tale of crime, love and money.” 
    — Austin American-Statesman, Austin Review of Books, October 19, 2014


“Reminiscent of James Lee Burke . . . wry humor . . . a fast and rollicking ride.” 
    — Texas Book Lover, October 10, 2014


“Imaginative brilliance . . . full of intrigue and murder, love and music, signifying, if not everything, then quite a lot worth worth remembering.” 
    — Ed Conroy, San Antonio Express-News, October 3, 2014


“Like Carl Hiaasen and John D. MacDonald, Miles Arceneaux sets his dark doings by blue water, and has a ball doing it. He makes me want to run away to the islands—Galveston, Mustang or Padre—and sip a tall, cold glass of gin-and-something while I read his latest tale. Ransom Island may be his best one yet.” 
    — Sarah Bird, Best Selling Author of Above the East Sea China, September 2014


The author of five funny, fast-paced novels of intrigue set on the Texas Gulf Coast, Miles Arceneaux is a one-of-a-kind writer. Or, more precisely, he is three-of-a-kind—an irreverent persona that is the product of three friends, lifelong Texans, and Gulf Coast aficionados sharing a typewriter and one nom de plume. 

Brent Douglass’ inspiration for Miles’ tales stems from his family’s deep Texas coastal roots, and the iconoclastic characters he crossed paths with growing up there. James R. Dennis’ intimate knowledge of both sides of the law (he’s one of the good guys, it should be mentioned) and his deep appreciation for Texas Rangers lore helps keep Miles’ protagonists on the side of the angels. As a longtime journalist covering Texas and Texans, John T. Davis has sometimes been accused of writing fiction, but this is the first time he has set out to do it on purpose. Together, Douglass, Dennis and Davis make “Miles Arceneaux” truly more than the sum of his parts. 

International businessman Brent Douglass writes in airports, hotel rooms and drinking establishments around the world. At present he is a principal owner of KBC Networks and peddles data transmission equipment in Latin America and the Caribbean. He is the cultured, cosmopolitan writer of the Miles Arceneaux trio. 

John T. Davis has been writing about the music, culture and personalities of Austin and the Southwest for more than 30 years for local, regional and national publications. He is the streetwise and roguishly irreverent co-author of the Miles Arceneaux canon, albeit its most discerning. 

James R. Dennis, a Dominican friar, practices law in San Antonio and across Texas. He writes and teaches on spiritual matters and lives with his two ill-behaved dogs. Of the three writers, he is the good-looking, funny one.