Monday, July 27, 2015

Beach Essential: Dead in the Water

Please see the attached photograph courtesy of my friend, Dave Wentley, the son of my mentor, Dick Wentley. What a great idea!

News Release: Lieutenant Morales is a Success



Reviewers Demand More of Lieutenant Morales, the new Hero of the  Mystery Thriller, Dead in the Water


PITTSBURGH, PA (July 27, 2015)---Readers of  A.J. Basinski’s debut mystery thriller, Dead in the Water, find the hero of the novel. Lieutenant Mario Morales, to be almost irresistible.

 Since its release last February, Dead in the Water, has garnered extremely positive reviews from casual readers as well as editorial reviewers.  Most of those reviewers have focused on the appeal of Lieutenant Morales. One recent Amazon reviewer has called Lieutenant Morales, the “next James Bond.” 

The esteemed Kirkus Reviews has referred to Lieutenant Morales as a “steely man who won’t stop until he finds a solution.” 

Reviewers on the website have compared Morales to Hercule Poirot, Agatha Christie’s famed detective.

One thing all of the reviewers have consistently requested is more of Lieutenant Morales. Author Basinski has commented that “I am extremely pleased with the way readers have embraced Morales. I am truly humbled by the comparisons with James Bond and Hercule Poirot.  Of course, I will not disappoint the readers who have asked for more books featuring Lieutenant Morales. I am currently writing a second Morales novel, tentatively titled, A Reservation for Murder. Readers should look for the new book this fall. In the meanwhile, I hope they will enjoy Dead in the Water.


Dead in the Water is available for download as an e-book at,, and Barnes and,  It is also available in paperback on both of those websites.



For more information, contact the author, A.J. Basinski, at or by phone at 412-780-6659.



Friday, June 19, 2015

Free book: Dead in the Water

My mystery thriller, Dead in the Water, will be free on Amazon for the next three days. If you decide to download the book, I would be extremely grateful if you would please write a review.
I am sure you will enjoy the many twists and turns that you will find in my book. It is the perfect beach book.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Goodreads Giveaway Ends Today

Today is the last day to enter to win a free copy of my mystery thriller, Dead in the Water, on Goodreads. Only 5 copies are available.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Lieutenant Morales Series

A number of you have inquired about the next Lieutenant Morales novel in the series following "Dead in the Water.".  I just wanted to alert everyone that I am working on it right now and hope to have it available for sale in the Fall. Before then, I will publish an excerpt as soon as I feel it is ready. Thanks for your patience.

The Chinese and the drug called "spice"

Here is an interesting article from today's New York Times that discusses the connection between the Chinese and a very powerful and dangerous new drug that is available in the United States and which has caused hundreds of deaths.

The reason I am referencing the article is because the new story has many parallels in my new mystery/thriller, "Dead in the Water." Take a look at my book (available on Amazon for Kindle for only $2.99) and you will see why my book looks like it was taken directly from today's headlines