Peculiar Activities

A Henry Ike Pierce Novel, Book 1

Peculiar Activities is a mystery novel that delves into crime and intrigue. The story is set in Alexandria, Virginia, and follows the protagonist, Detective Henry Ike Pierce, as he navigates through a labyrinth of corruption and deceit. The plot is driven by the murder of a prominent businessman, leading Pierce into a complex investigation filled with twists and turns.

The novel is noted for its richly detailed setting and well-drawn characters, capturing the essence of the era it portrays. Jones’s writing style combines suspense with a touch of noir, making it a gripping read for fans of crime fiction and historical mysteries. Through its narrative, the book explores themes of justice, morality, and the impact of personal choices on the broader social fabric.

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Peculiar Activities

Cover artist: Tina Lynn Stout

False face must hide what the false heart doth know.”

Williams Shakespeare, Macbeth.


A murder in a park, and a new detective finds an old conspiracy.

Henry Ike Pierce is a junior detective in Alexandria, Virginia, newly hired to reassess cold-case killings. On the third day of his new job, a dismembered body appears in a local park. The corpse’s desecration is like slayings from over two decades ago, and his boss assigns Henry to his first investigation. He must uncover the present-day killer while his boss pushes him to resolve crimes from the past. Rumors point to a killer called ‘the hooded one.’ 

Henry seeks a killer within a community of rival ethnic groups, refugees from the 1990s Balkan wars. The recent murder in the park triggers the old passions, leading again to central Europe and a tangle of new intrigue. Money can smooth old hurts, manipulate feelings, and alter allegiances, but finding the guilty is a hopeless task if discoveries are unwelcome.

Distrust, betrayals, conspiracies–the young man from western Virginia’s coal country discovers that ‘trust’ has a flexible definition.

Peculiar Activities (A Henry Ike Pierce Novel Book 1)

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