Three years ago, popular college professor Cyprus Keller (Resolve) got away with a crime.  Two years ago, former Pittsburgh Homicide Detective Jackson Channing (Measure Twice) pulled himself together and got sober.  Today, Robert Chalk has a rifle, a plan, and a target.  When Cyprus Keller and his wife Kaitlyn relocated to rural Virginia, they did all they could to put the past behind them.  However, the situation becomes uncomfortable when Jackson Channing appears in Keller’s living room and begins questioning Keller about the past.  The situation becomes unbearable when bullets start flying through the front window.


In a flash, it becomes apparent that Jackson Channing is not the only person who has an interest in Keller.  If Channing wants to unravel Keller’s past, he is going to have to make sure the professor has a future.  To keep Keller safe and uncover the mystery of who wants him dead, Channing takes Keller and his wife to Pittsburgh, where it all started.  As a deadly chess game plays out in the city streets, Channing discovers Keller is a complicated man of secrets who is anything but a typical murder suspect.  The two men team up in an effort to stop a dangerous assassin who intends on killing Keller, no matter the cost.  As Robert Chalk works his way through the plan he has outlined, he becomes consumed with the ultimate goal.  No matter how many lives he has to take along the way, Cyprus Keller must die. 


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Legacy


Published 2015


Check out J.J. Hensley's story Four Days Forever in the Legacy anthology!


Fourteen authors sat down during the month of January 2015, shut out distractions of the outside world and wrote about the subject. The resulting fiction and nonfiction stories fill the pages of Legacy: An Anthology. The book includes stories from Kristopher Jansma, winner of the 2014 Sherwood Anderson Award for Fiction, New York Times best-selling author Regina Calcaterra and Canadian best-selling author Marissa Stapley, award winning crime fiction author J.J. Hensley, among others.

Within these pages, there is laughter, pride and hope. There is romance and rock and roll. Certain messages are eerie, while others bestow a sense of peace. The collection, through the discerning lens of each writer, runs the gamut of the human experience.

Author proceeds benefit the charity Paws for Reading, which pairs pets with children to improve reading and communication skills. Thanks for supporting the cause!




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Measure Twice    


Published 2014


Pittsburgh Homicide Detective Jackson Channing is struggling to break free from an addiction. His alcoholism may have cost him his marriage and now threatens to sweep away his sanity.

​When the body of a city official is discovered in a public location, the entire city of Pittsburgh bears witness to a form of evil that is difficult to comprehend. Channing learns the killer is patient, methodical, and precise. In order to stop the killing, Channing will have to pull his life together and come to terms with a secret that is tearing him apart.


Measure Twice is told through 12 chapters, each representing one of the 12 steps of addiction recovery.

​​​​​Vehemence          


Published 2014


In this short story by critically acclaimed novelist J.J. Hensley (RESOLVE), we learn that Ronald Blyte has made a series of poor life choices that have placed him neck-deep in the drug trade. When his co-conspirators turn on him, Blyte pays an excruciating price for his sins. After Blyte discovers the woman he loves was caught up in an attack planned by his former accomplices, he decides there is no expiration date on vengeance and that the guilty parties will have to answer – in this life or the next.

Resolve                


Published 2013


In the Pittsburgh Marathon, more than 18,000 people will participate. 4,500 people will attempt to cover the full 26.2 miles. Over 200 of the participants will quit, realizing it just wasn't their day. More than 100 will get injured and require medical treatment. One man is going to be murdered.  When Dr. Cyprus Keller lines up to start the race, he knows a man is going to die for one simple reason. He's going to kill him.


*Finalist - 2014 International Thriller Writers Awards - Best First Novel
*Named one of the BEST BOOKS of 2013 by Suspense Magazine
*One of the Best Books of the Year - Authors on the Air

Author of the critically acclaimed novels RESOLVE, Measure Twice, & Chalk's Outline

Chalk's Outline

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​Former Pittsburgh narcotics detective Trevor Galloway has been hired to look into the year-old homicide in which the murder could have only been committed by someone extremely skilled in two areas:  Skiing and shooting.  When he discovers the scene of the crime is next door to a biathlon training camp, where EVERYBODY can ski and shoot, the situation becomes significantly complicated.

Galloway makes plenty of enemies as he sifts through stories about lucrative land deals, and possible drug connections.  He has to fight off these enemies, but there is a problem.  How do you fight your enemies when you don't know which ones are real?



February 2016

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