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The 12th Burnside novel is officially being written!

I want to let you know that I have broken ground on the next Burnside novel. This story, as yet untitled, will allow Burnside to explore a part of his past that he hasn’t revealed to us yet.

For those who have read the 11th Burnside book, HARD COUNT, you know that Burnside has had yet another altercation, and we will watch him deal with the ramifications from his latest attempt to bend the law and test Gail’s patience.

Burnside will also get brought in to help one of his former players, who someone seems to have a vendetta against him. This is going to be a good one — stay tuned!

And if you haven’t read HARD COUNT yet, here is the link…


HARD COUNT is now available on Amazon!


I am pleased to let you know that my latest novel, HARD COUNT, is now available on Amazon. This is the 11th book in the Burnside Mystery series, and it is a good one! The story brings back some favorite characters and introduces a bunch of new ones. 

HARD COUNT starts out with Burnside being given a spurious assignment to look into shots being fired at a local businessman. The man is, naturally, a former football player, one who now owns a chain of restaurants. This former player’s son is now finishing his own college football career and is about to enter the NFL draft. As you might imagine, being involved in a shooting is never a good thing, but the timing could not be worse. And, of course, there’s more gunshots, more suspects, and ultimately a few murders are thrown in. Just to keep things interesting.

As all this is going on, Burnside’s wife Gail has entered the political fray and has begun running for L.A. City Attorney. Burnside does his best to propel Gail’s campaign, but unforeseen elements begin to pop up, and this story shows him at his best – and his worst. His relationship with Gail put to the test, as does Burnside’s ability to sidestep the law whenever it suits him. HARD COUNT again features Burnside in full wise-cracking mode, but he is up against a confounding case. Will this finally be Burnside’s undoing? You’ll have to read it to find out… 🙂

To order your copy of HARD COUNT, please click on the link below.


The Most Recent David Chill Author Interview

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The 10th Burnside Mystery Has Been Published

The 10th novel in the Burnside mystery series has been published, and is now available on Amazon! So with summer almost here – and football season months away – I’m sure you’d love the diversion of a great mystery!

My new book is called SWIM MOVE, and we are introduced to one of Burnside’s notorious friends from high school, Phil Zellis, who has managed to shed his working class roots and worm his way into Beverly Hills society. Unfortunately for Phil, he has a beautiful daughter who is involved with some very shady characters. After she is attacked on a quiet side street in an upscale neighborhood, Phil asks Burnside to look into what happened. And the more Burnside probes, the uglier things get, as the story escalates into theft, betrayal, kidnapping, and, of course, murder.

As in the first 9 Burnside books, readers will be treated to a journey through the best and the worst of that eclectic mish-mosh we call greater Los Angeles. In addition to the usual murder and mayhem, Burnside’s wife Gail is presented with a unique career opportunity, but one that comes with a price. And of course, it wouldn’t be a Burnside mystery if it didn’t have a football theme! A former player from Burnside’s USC past is brought back to guide Burnside toward cracking the case, and resolving a family situation one can only call bizarre.

For the time being, SWIM MOVE will be available on Amazon only, but it will go wide through Nook, Apple, Kobo and Google later this year. For those of you using non-Kindle devices, you can always read it on other mobile devices. For those using Kindles, have no fear, all of my books will be available on Amazon for as long as Amazon exists. Which is likely to be forever.

You can purchase SWIM MOVE through the following link. If you’d like to purchase any of the previous Burnside novels, simply go to and typing DAVID CHILL into the search box, which will bring up all of my books. And if you enjoy them please consider writing a review on Amazon or Goodreads.


I would like to thank my readers very much for their support over the years. I know that SWIM MOVE took a little longer for me to write, and I appreciate your hanging in there. And be forewarned – I am already getting ideas for an 11th Burnside novel….

I hope you have a great summer!


Sharing My Cancer Diagnosis

Thank you for visiting my blog. 

Over the past few years, I have been extraordinarily grateful to those of you who have been so supportive of my writing. But many of you are unaware of a personal situation I have been dealing with for years. I am a cancer patient.

Despite being a non-smoker, I was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2012 and was classified as Stage IV. For those unfamiliar with the various stages, there is no Stage V. My prognosis, among the few doctors who would provide this peek into the future, was stated in months not years. To say this came as a shock would be a colossal understatement. And to make matters worse, my employer of many years chose this moment to offer me a severance package.

Let’s just say 2012 was not the best year I’ve ever had.

But unemployment was the least of my worries. The 5-year survival rate for lung cancer patients was in the neighborhood of 10%. There is no good way to process the diagnosis of a terminal illness. As someone who was relatively unaware of cancer before that point, my focus was to drink from the fire hose and learn as much as I could — as quickly as I could. I talked to as many doctors that would speak with me, and went through a battery of tests. I became more spiritual and more aware of how precious and fleeting life can be. The most important moments in life are often not the ones we anticipate, but rather, the ones that jump out at us on a lazy Thursday morning.

I began chemotherapy treatment and responded well; the tumors started shrinking. And shortly thereafter, I learned of a clinical trial for a drug called Crizotinib, a pill which was considered a targeted treatment for lung cancer. After a series of genetic tests, it was determined that I was part of a very fortunate group, the 1-2% of lung cancer patients who had what’s called a ROS-1 mutation. It was the equivalent of winning the genetic lottery. In September 2012, I entered the clinical trial, and my cancer has been stable for 8 years now. There are no guarantees for how long this drug will be effective, but there are new drugs in the pipeline, so I am cautiously optimistic.

But enough about me. Let’s talk about my novels. 🙂

In 2013, I took advantage of Amazon’s Kindle program to begin publishing my mystery novels. And over time, I have written 10 books in the Burnside series. They have been very well received, and I would like to express my appreciation to all of you who have purchased, read, and provided nice reviews online. Thank you so much.

Recently, I decided to write a novel called CURSE OF THE AFFLICTED. This was a political thriller, ostensibly about a pollster who is drawn into an assassination plot. But the story is also about the cancer journey this character must go through. I wanted to share the thoughts, feelings, hopes and fears of a person who experiences a life-threatening illness. It is something which affects not just cancer patients, but those afflicted with other serious maladies – as well as their loved ones. It was my way of giving something back to the world, a way to use the gift of writing to communicate a story which I felt needed to be told.

But CURSE OF THE AFFLICTED has been the one novel which I have found to be the most perplexing. This book contains, in my opinion, the best writing I have ever done. It is also, ironically, the book which has sold the fewest copies. I have explored various ways to elevate this novel and make it stand out. Finally, I think I have hit upon something.

On Saturday August 25, CURSE OF THE AFFLICTED will be the featured novel in the Thriller category by the BookBub marketing agency, which has promoted some of the finest books ever written. I am truly honored to have my book included as a part of their showcase. To give something back, I am planning to donate 20% of the profits from this promotion to a number of charities, including the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation, whose efforts go specifically toward lung cancer research. For those so inclined, a donation of any size would be greatly appreciated. Here is the link:

My goal here is to continue to try and put CURSE OF THE AFFLICTED into the hands of as many people as possible, especially those whose lives have been touched by cancer – or by some other terrible disease. Whether through a personal experience, or supporting a close friend or loved one, I truly feel this book captures what a patient often goes through when first learning they have contracted a terminal illness.

I am making the eBook version of CURSE OF THE AFFLICTED available for 99 cents through the end of the Labor Day weekend. The book is available online through Amazon, and while it is also available in paperback, although I am not allowed to offer a price discount there. I am hoping to have an audio version out at some point in the future.

In closing, I’d like to wish the very best of luck to those of you whose lives are currently affected by cancer. Please do not give up hope. There are a myriad of treatments available, and new ones are being developed. Keep asking questions of your doctors, and if you’re not getting the answers you want, seek out new doctors. Find others who are going through what you are going through. Ask for advice, and recognize that miracles really do happen. I am living proof, and I am grateful for every extra day I have. There are no guarantees in life, but neither do we have an expiration date stamped on us.

I have been blessed with some extra time here, and I am trying to make the most of it. Your support means a lot to me. If I haven’t said it to you before this, I’m saying it now. Thank you.


I appreciate your taking the time to read this.

David Chill

The 9th Burnside Mystery Has Been Published!


I am thrilled to announce that the 9th novel in the Burnside mystery series has been published and is now available on Amazon. 

The new novel is called FLEA FLICKER, and the story begins with Burnside brought in on a missing person’s case. When a young football coach doesn’t come home one night, his beautiful wife turns to Private Investigator Burnside to locate him. But things are not the way they seem in this riveting page-turner, and a simple missing persons case evolves into a shocking murder.

There are no shortage of suspects in this intricately woven story, and Burnside must overcome the many obstacles in his path to get to a truth that not everyone seems eager to learn. As always, FLEA FLICKER leads readers into new parts of the great experiment we have come to know as Los Angeles, a city that continues to evolve in many ways, some good, some not.

This new novel brings back a few memorable characters from Burnside’s past – as well as adding a host of new ones. And it wouldn’t be a Burnside novel without the wise cracking gumshoe engaging in the sharp and cutting banter that has come to define this award-winning series.

FLEA FLICKER is a bargain at any price, but I have kept the price point at $4.99, the same as the first 8 Burnside novels. For the time being, the new book is only available through Amazon, as there are certain promotional opportunities Amazon offers. The book will go wide to Barnes & Noble, Apple, Google and Kobo early next year.

The following link takes you to FLEA FLICKER’S Amazon page. And if you like the book, please consider writing a review on Amazon or Goodreads. Nothing helps sell more books than a testimonial from satisfied readers!


And if you are still working your way through the Burnside series, note that all of the other books are available on Barnes & Noble, Apple, Google and Kobo, in addition to Amazon. Enjoy the ride!



Curse Of The Afflicted News

This week, CURSE OF THE AFFLICTED was selected by the Thriller & Mystery Podcast, which provides an audio of the first chapter of books they find appealing. The narrator actually sounds a bit like Martin Sheen! Here is the link if you’d like to listen in for a few minutes:



Author Interview

Just had a great interview on My Book Place!




I am happy to let you know that CURSE OF THE AFFLICTED now has some brilliant new cover art! And I also want to give you a heads up that CURSE OF THE AFFLICTED will soon be available in audio book form — details to follow!



USA Today Best Seller List: Top 100

I just wanted to take a moment to share some really great news!

This morning I learned that my Box Set of the first 3 Burnside Mysteries made the USA Today Best Seller List and is ranked # 92. So for at least one week I am just ahead of To Kill A Mockingbird (#96) and The Great Gatsby (#103).

I would like to thank all of you for your great support these past few years, in terms of purchasing my books and writing reviews, and most importantly, for your encouraging words. Five years ago, I never dared to dream that I might make it on to a Best Seller List, but here we are. Miracles happen!

Note that the physical newspaper version only lists the Top 50, but the online site has the Top 100. Link below:

Kindest regards,