When a former Army buddy is murdered by an Afghan military colleague, U.S. Army Special Investigator Alex Klear is called back into action in Afghanistan to investigate what is thought to be a classic “green-on-blue” killing. Alex finds Kabul in a state of chaos, partly under government control, partly controlled by the Taliban.
From the beginning, he suspects that the Army has identified the wrong man as the killer, and that an innocent Afghan soldier has become the victim of a complex frame-up. His suspicions are solidified when he discovers that his friend had been investigating a massive fraud at Kabul Bank. As Alex is drawn into the epicenter of the biggest bank fraud in history, he finds his efforts systematically thwarted by both the American and the Afghanistan governments.
In the lawless streets of Kabul and into the far outreaches of Afghanistan, Alex relentlessly hunts his friend’s killer—and uncovers the truth. In real-life, an incident kept mostly out of the media—a monumental embarrassment to both countries.
A Demanding Mistress – a story about a case officer who decides to accept one last assignment to Afghanistan. Hope and Courage, Military Writers Society of America, 2015 Anthology.
A new story "The Mills of the Gods Grind Exceedingly Fine – Most of the Time" appears in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, December 2015. It tells the story of a newspaper reporter who, after covering the execution of a convicted murderer, receives a Pulitzer Prize and sees his career take off.
“Hoosier Humorist, Three Letters,” has been published in Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism, Lawrence J. Trudeau, editor, (Gale, Cengage Learning, 2015). This article, which was originally published in American Scholar, recalls the career of George Ade, who was the author of Fables in Slang and was a successful Broadway playwright. After 1910, Ade's reputation declined, partly because his style of humor with its emphasis on quaint character types and slang, seems to belong more to rural America and the nineteenth century than to the twenty-first century. However, Ade still has devotees, many of whom consider him one of America's greatest humorists and funniest writers.
Brooklyn's Elusive 'Mr. G': Bookies and Cops in the City of Churches Events mostly took place during the 1940's and 1950's. It's an account of the biggest police scandal in American history and of the various personalities who were involved. It is in the latest Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine, #17.
Recently published, short story:
"Tangled Webs" – Alex Klear solves the mystery surrounding the death of a former case officer with whom he served in the 766 Military Intelligence detachment during the Cold War. Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, July/August 2015
The Rendition was #1 in the Kindle Historical Thrillers category in 2014
"POKEY YATES" – a story about what happens when a boxer decides not to throw a fight. Hardboiled Magazine, September 2014
"GOING AWAY PARTY" – a story about a soldier who has already been on two deployments, one to Iraq and one to Afghanistan. All Gave Some, Military Writers Society of America 2014 anthology.
At its annual conference in September 2013, the Military Writers Society of America awarded The Rendition its bronze medal. The award signifies that The Rendition was one of the three best thrillers with a military background to be published during 2012.
Albert's short story, One Person's Clutter, is contained in the recently published anthology, KWIK KRIMES, edited by Otto Penzler and published by Thomas & Mercer.
Another story from Albert Ashforth —
"INCIDENT IN KABUL" in the APRIL 2013 issue of Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine
Also recently published — His Times Square Princess — a story in the anthology Crime Square, a Vantage Point publication edited by Robert J. Randisi