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Try FRACTURED LEGACY, my new thriller: a librarian, a Native American policeman and a couple with a marriage problems collide with twin heirs to a Cascade mountain legacy. Suspicious death and complicated personal issues swirl together, creating havoc around those who seek the truth.


With the new millenium, I moved away from the nine to five and into what was supposed to be retirement,  Simultaneously, an unexpected impetus excited my life: I wanted to find out whether I could write fiction.

Writing itself was no particular problem since I had been successful in turning out a book on executive search, another on cross-cultural learning and over 30 professional articles. But fiction? Yes, I had my mother and her several books for young teens as a model and I was a reader of all kinds of fiction. Could I now turn what I knew second-hand into my own style of creativity?

One day I sat down to answer that question and eventually found the answer in Hidden Impact (2005), Patriot Schemes (2006), Peace Corpse (October 2008) Hard Cache (2010), Dire Salvation (2012 and now Fractured Legacy (2014) - as well as in muliple poems.

And along with the writing arrived great pleasure in a daily process. What a bonus!




Birth Place: Guadalajara,  Mexico

Accomplishments: I studied international relations; was a teacher and educational administrator; director of education programs, Peace Corps, Colombia, and of the American-Russian Center, Anchorage, Alaska. I have lived in ten US States and have had professional experience in professional in fifteen countries. When not writing, I still engage regularly in two lifelong avocations: jazz trumpet playing and choral singing.


Fractured Legacy by Charles B. Neff
A murky family legacy, tribal tights and a troubled marriage swirl around a suspicious death in Washington's Cascade Mountains....

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Dire Salvation by Charles B. Neff
DIRE SALVATION keeps some of the characters from Neff's previous HARD CACHE and introduces fascinating new ones. The story is set in Washington State's Central Cascade mountains and is driven by a murder, a new designer drug and personal legacies from Native American hstory....

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Hard Cache by Charles B. Neff
HARD CACHE is Charles B. Neff's fourth thriller, Joining Hidden Impact, Patriot Schemes and Peace Corpse. Each book is freestanding and may be read without having read the others. However, characters do move from book to book, producing not sequels but overlap in the stories of a few main characers. HARD CACHE races readers through a tight spate of events that force people to e...  Barnes &  BooksbyNeff 

Peace Corpse by Charles B. Neff
It’s summer in Stockholm where international youth gather to plan peace, while opponents in their midst threaten them with disruptions and with murder. Ghada Shafi from Palestine, Binyamin Dayan from Israel, and Mariela Fuentes, a child of the violence that wracked Nicaragua, have assumed leadership roles at the Youth for Peace meetings. Negotiations that cross language barriers and cultural diff...  Barnes &  iUniverse 

Patriot Schemes by Charles B. Neff
Four individuals in as many locations discover pieces of a conspiracy in progress; they meet, share information, and work together to avert the plot....  Island Books 

Hidden Impact by Charles B. Neff
In summer 2004, Jim Nordberg revisits the village in Nicaragua where he lived in the 1970s, and nothing is as he expected. Kris Behr, once a friend and now a possible nemesis, wants Jim's help in finding a diary that survived an old plane crash. It reveals the secret, and possibly illegal, activities of wealthy Nicaraguans, the CIA, and unknown others, any of whom may kill to get their hands on th...

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Reimagining The New Year
 by Charles B. Neff
Sure, we all live by the same calendar. But you can create your own, too....

 by Charles B. Neff
Getting started with a new book is hard - at least for me. Once I get going, the bit's between my teeth and I'm at full gallop. feeling the rush. But before I'm at that point, I seem always to need...

Balancing Act
 by Charles B. Neff
We, as a country, a world and, in many cases, even as communities, need to find common ground again. Here's one take on that condition and perhaps on how to find commonality again....

Intelligent Life
 by Charles B. Neff
Humnankind has always been at war, sometimes in small parts of the world, sometimes across the world itself. In the past, the goals were limited in purpose and the end of a war arrived, even if it too...

Clan Reunion
 by Charles B. Neff
Every two years over the last forty-seven years members our clan have gotten together. Originating in Ohio in he 1880s, the clan. now in four branches, is spread over the United States. This year we m...

Your Words Reach Me
 by Charles B. Neff
Other writers are more capable of expressing a deep sense of personal intimacy with experience than I am. I can only admire, acknowledge, sometimes feel mild envy - and keep on writing....

Moving On
 by Charles B. Neff
By rough count, I have lived in more than twenty homes in four countries and a dozen states on both coasts and in the middle, including Hawaii and Alaska. Our family has not been forced to be nomads b...

Paradise Improved
 by Charles B. Neff
We were invited to stay at a new development on a formerly secluded semi-tropical stretch of the Pacific coast. At first it seduced, partly in its luxury. Then other impressions burrowed in....

 by Charles B. Neff
If you know the "in" language, feel free. If not, maybe not. The trick, of course, is knowing the diffrence before you speak!...

A Random Thought
 by Charles B. Neff
Strangely, and seemingly without prompting, this thought, this poem, arrived whole. All I had to do was write it down. I know there's more to why I wrote it, but for now I haven't a clue....

Insistent Images
 by Charles B. Neff
Three pictures on my desk endure, even as others join them and disappear. Why these three? And why do they stay? This poem was an answer - at least it was when I wrote it. Tomorrow, who knows? ...

Downsize Upgrade
 by Charles B. Neff
Small and simple can be more than beautiful. It can be effective....

Music and the Years
 by Charles B. Neff
In 1953, four singers tried out some Russian folk songs. More joined the group and it sang on the streets and in the parks of the USSR in 1958. Sixteen trips to Russia later, along with performances i...

Second Home
 by Charles B. Neff
Can a place of business be a home? Absolutely yes, if it is a bookstore, and, specifically a special bookstore on Mercer Island, Washington. This weekend Island Books celebrates forty years of years o...

Light or Dark?
 by Charles B. Neff
We mark the seasons and their changes, though probably not so fearfully or so hopefully as we once did. Seasons have been tamed, to some extent. But another changeable element, the moods within us, se...

Summer Dawn
 by Charles B. Neff
All mornings are beautiful to me. But some transcend and I want to photograph them, bottle them, if I could. But the photos fail to capture the moment and I try words instead, hoping that, when I read...

Passing Marks
 by Charles B. Neff
A family vacation on a delightfully unexpected expanse of beach, level, smooth and vacant. A cloudless Costa Rican sky and light wind. Just right for volleyball and for thoughts about visual (and visi...

Wait a Sec!
 by Charles B. Neff
A big birthday, designated as such by close friends and relatives I care about deeply, led me to a little light reflection and an even lighter poem....

Warm Holiday Wish
 by Charles B. Neff
Except for those of you already in warm areas, many of us seek relief in travel when winter hits, especially around the holidays. But travel means leaving. That's okay, a long as we realize that we ne...

 by Charles B. Neff
Democracy is messy, hopeful, contradictory, inspiring, anger-producing, and our only way to consensus. As H.L. Mencken said, "Democracy is the worst form of government, except for any other." So w...

Boss's Day(Z)
 by Charles B. Neff
On October 16 we celebrate Boss's Day, joining Secretaries' Day and many others. Once we statrted with mothers, we didn't know how to stop. Some people like like all those opportunities to praise and ...

Turnabout Fair Play
 by Charles B. Neff
Parents help children, who learn, even when bewildement fights with resentment. Years pass, and who's doing the teaching, who the learning now? Life's roles are never permanent and their reversal ca...

Mystic Circles
 by Charles B. Neff
New encounters play tricks with memory, or do they? Deep down, maybe most memories aren't disparate, but parts of a larger same....

Cathedral Square
 by Charles B. Neff
In the square in front of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, floodlights cast the shadows of an acrobatic gaggle of skaters and a solitary guitarist. I was struck by the serenity in the midst of so much c...

Collateral Damage
 by Charles B. Neff
'Tis the political season, and a particularly ugly and divisive one, a perfect fit for uncertain times. When we ought to engage in preserving what's best, we seem more intent on mortally wounding ev...


Neff Novel Praised on Goodreads
 by Charles B. Neff
Sheila Deeth (Sheila Deeth --, author, coach, reviewer and tireless champion of good reading, has written a very positive review of Charles B. Neff's latest thriller,...

Midwest Review: Neff Impressive, Highly Recommended
 by Charles B. Neff
The Midwest Book Review posted a review of Charles B. Neff. DIRE SALVATION (Bennett and Hastings, 2012) citing it as "highly recommended" for its good writing and complex plot....

Amazon Top Reviewer Praises Charles B. Neff's FRACTURED LEGACY
 by Charles B. Neff
Grady Harp is one of Amazon's top reviewers. This is a fourth book of mine that he has read and given high praise....

Neff's Thriller Highly Recommended By Leading Blogger
 by Charles B. Neff
A popular reviewer/blogger, Basso Profundo (Luke Sherwood), praised and recommended Charles B. Neff's new book, FRACTURED LEGACY. See an excerpt and a link below....

Neff, Fractured Legacy, A New Thriller
 by Charles B. Neff
Charles B. Neff's new thriller, FRACTURED LEGACY, will be out in two weeks!...

Island Books Celebrates 40 Years on November 3
 by Charles B. Neff
Despite economic ups and downs, the internet, and massive changes in public taste one bookstore retains a revered place in the heart of a community....

Seth Gordon on Neff's New Thriller
 by Charles B. Neff
Hollywood writer-director-producer praises DIRE SALVATION....

DIRE SALVATION, Neff's New Thriller
 by Charles B. Neff
DIRE Salvation, Charles B. Neff fifth thriller takes his readers back to Washington State's Cascade mountains where murder, a dangerous new drug, almost forgotten family histories and ancient lore com...

Neff Poem Wins Local Contest
 by Charles B. Neff
The first of the two poems below won first prize in the adult category in a contest sponsored by the local arts council. The theme of the contest was "What I Can Touch." Haiku, in English, is a m...

Cym Lowell: Five Stars to HARD CACHE by Charles B. Neff
 by Charles B. Neff
Cym Lowell,well-known author, blogger and reviewer, wrote a most cmplimenray review of Charles B. Neff's HARD CACHE and posted this Five-Star condensed version on Great writing c...

Midwest Review Praises Neff's HARD CACHE
 by Charles B. Neff
This review of Charles B. Neff's HARD CACHE is just in: ...

HARD CACHE: Good Read Says Author/Reviewer
 by Charles B. Neff
Patricia Stoltey is an author, blogger and reviewer who published her take on HARD CACHE on October 26, 2010 at The review in full is seen below, but, if you're i...

Top Amazon Critic Lauds HARD CACHE by Charles B. Neff
 by Charles B. Neff
Grady Harp, one of Amazon's top 25 reviewers under a new ranking system (and number 4 on the "classic" list) has lauded Charles B. Neff's HARD CACHE in the review below. Previously, he favorav\bly rev...

Two Great Reviews for HARD CACHE by Charles B. Neff
 by Charles B. Neff
Here are the first reviews of HARD CACHE. More to come....

Pulitzer Winner Lauds Charles Neff's Thriller, HARD CACHE
 by Charles B. Neff
Pulitzer Prize winner, Roger Wilkins has read Charles B. Neff's new thriller, HARD CACHE, and offers this reaction. "IT'S ALL HERE IN THIS STORY: LOVE, DECENCY AND OLD_BONE-CRUNCHING EVIL N...

Neff;s HARD CACHE: Full Distribution Available, Marketing Campaign Begun
 by Charles B. Neff
Charles B. Neff's new thriller, HARD CACHE, is now in full distribution, available through Ingram, and Baker and Taylor; and at is also available through Partners West, a distributor he...

HARD CACHE, Neff's New Thriller at the Printers!
 by Charles B. Neff
Read below the plot summary of HARD CACHE, a new thriller from Charles B. Neff. Published by Bennett and Hastings, HARD CACHE will be available for purchase in mid-August. Reserve your adavnce copy at...

Charles Neff Completes New Thriller, Adds a Poem
 by Charles B. Neff
The work is done - all that I can do - on a new thriller. It's at the printer. More news soon on the book itself, its plot and setting: look for HARD CACHE. In the meantime, in the void of novel obli...

Pulitzer Winner Rave for Charles B. Neff's Thriller, PEACE CORPSE
 by Charles B. Neff
Pulitzer Prize Winner Roger Wilkins surprised me with this unsolicited and very welcome note: "Guess what? I just finished reading Peace Corpse and had a great time with it.Well done!! A...

Writer’s Digest: Neff’s Peace Corpse “EXCELLENT” Across the Board
 by Charles B. Neff
As part of a contest for best self-published books, a Writer’s Digest reviewer rated Charles B. Neff’s thriller, Peace Corpse, 5 out of 5 (“Excellent”) in the contest’s four main categories (Plot, Cha...

Flash! Philadelphia, 3/11 7pm EDT, Charles B, Neff on WNJC
 by Charles B. Neff
At 7 pm on March 11, Charles B. Neff will be interviewed on WNJC, 1360, Philadelphia. Neff will talk about his thriller, PEACE CORPSE. He will also discuss his views on various world conflic...

Flash, Greater Miami, 2/28 WWNN, 8:30pm EST, Neff Interview, PEACE CORPSE
 by Charles B. Neff
On February 28, 2009, Charles B. Neff will be interviewed for half an hour by Anita Finley on WWNN, at 8:30 pm, EST,on 1470 AM. Neff will discuss his new thriller, PEACE CORPSE, as well as his views o...

K-Talk, Utah, Maxon Show, 2/26, Neff Interview on PEACE CORPSE, Thriller
 by Charles B. Neff
Host Mark Maxon on station K-Talk, Utah will interview Charles B. Neff on Februsry 26, 2009 at 9 am Mountain Standard Time. Neff will join the show from his home near Seattle to discuss his new thrill...

5 Stars from Midwest Review for PEACE CORPSE, Charles B. Neff's Thriller
 by Charles B. Neff
The Midwest Review of Books has given Five Stars to Charles B. Neff's new thriller, PEACE CORPSE. The Review described the book as "filled with interesting characters' and called it "a mystery that wi...

Flash! CT, NY. WICC Interview 2/5, 3:30 EST,Neff and PEACE CORPSE
 by Charles B. Neff
David Smith of WICC, AM600, Bridgeport, will interview Charles B. Neff at 3:30 EST on Thursday, February 6, 2009. The interview will focus on PEACE CORPSE, Neff's new thriller, and on cross-cultural ...


Author site
At meet author Charles B. Neff, via a photo and bio; scan reviews of HIDDEN IMPACT, PATRIOT SCHEMES and PEACE CORPSE; read the first three chapters of Neff's newest thriller. HARD CACHE.

Internet book seller
HIDDEN IMPACT, PATRIOT SCHEMES and PEACE CORPSE are for sale on Amazon and through Authorsden. HARD CACHE is also available at AuthorsDen and Amazon and orderable from Ingram and Partners West. All books can also be ordrred at, including the option of a signed copy and frr shipping by choosing the link to Island Books.

Poetry at Authorsden
Charles B. Neff has entered poems at Authorsden, some poems are drawn from three printed collections, and others form an eight-poem cycle. More poems will be added over time.

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Fax: (206) 230-6624
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