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notoriousby Ray Ellis


Book 1: Notorious

Half of Treasure Valley is controlled by a violent street gang. The other half is controlled by fear. Rookie detective Nate Richards is thrust between the two.

Abyss, a new and mysterious gang, has moved into the valley and people have started dying. Nate’s girlfriend 
suddenly disappears and the gang is targeted as the cause.

Will Nate succumb to the pressure to get the job done by any means necessary and become part of the problem?

Desperation grows as time runs out and Nate can feel the heat as the pressure builds. Will his faith hold? Will Nate rise above the pull into darkness? Or will he sink into the ranks of the Notorious?

“WOW! Yes, WOW! It is that good!”

“Being a baptist myself I love the christian atmosphere the book breathes.”

“I could not put this book down. At one point I think my life came to stop so I could finish this book.”

Book 2: Dead List

Registered sex offenders are turning up dead, killed with violence and forethought; Detective Nate Richards finds himself pitted against a psychotic killer.  When the only female on the list, barely escapes, Richards takes her into protective custody. Driven by a voice known as God and the Uncles, the killer sets a deadline to complete the cleansing. The community divides. Some call him a modern day knight – others curse him. With the city threatening to tear itself apart, will the killer fulfill the calling, or will Nate stop the killings before another victim turns up on the DEAD LIST?

“Ray Ellis has a way of putting you right there as the action moves.” 


“I love a great mystery that is not laced with inapproriate language, gratuitous violence, or explicit sex scenes. Not only did this book meet all those requirements, it had a plot which kept me wondering until the last page. A well written mystery, with a little romance thrown in for good measure.”


“Extremely well written.”

insidiousBook 3: Insidious

Detective Nate Richards is secure in his new position until he is ordered to see the assistant chief. An accusation is made, charges leveled, and Nate finds himself suspended, the focus of every cops fear… the Internal Affairs Investigation.

The subject of a criminal investigation, the resources of the powerful machine of law enforcement, once his to command, turn against him. His name and honor called to question, Nate doesn’t know who he can or should trust. With friends turning away and no support, the question is, will Nate’s faith be enough? Where do you turn when the attack is coming from the inside?

“I loved getting to see a new side to the Nate Richards character, seeing his person develop, and seeing his inner struggle.”


“I was very impacted by this novel as the author highlighted encounters where Christians’ faith is tested. The warfare of striving to do well while being encamped by evil forces is encountered by many on a daily basis.”


“As the story unfolds, I find myself surprised at the different twists and turns, but each one drew me in even more. It was quite a surprise ending–never underestimate how the Lord works through events in our lives!”


CIR: What gave you the inspiration for this book?

ELLIS: The inspiration for the Nate Richards series was born of my 25 plus years of experience as a street cop/detective and as an ordained minister. The concept is my attempt to explore what it is like to see the world from behind the eyes of a cop with a strong belief system.

CIR: Tell us about Nate Richards.

ELLIS: Nate Richards, the main character is best described as a cop, a police officer that happens to be a believer. He’s a man of two worlds, one where he is trained as a lethal urban warrior, but struggling to be true to his chosen faith.

CIR: That’s a unique combination in literature.  How does it play out?

ELLIS: It is truly seen from behind the eyes of a cop. The storyline allows the reader to not only see what the officer sees, but is allowed behind the thin blue line where outsiders are not often welcome … nor would they understand.

CIR: What do you hope readers will get out of that experience?

ELLIS: First and foremost I want my readers to be highly entertained. And then, as is true of any good writing, I want my reader to ask his or herself, “Where do I fit into this?” Can they see the attitudes reflected in the story in themselves, and if so, how do or should they react?

CIR: Reviewers were calling for more.  Are you going to give it to them?

ELLIS: Yes.  The fourth Nate Richards book, SHADES OF BLUE, is due 2014.