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Publication Order of Harry Gould Thriller Books

The Goulden Fleece (1979)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Dead-End Option (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dead Heat (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dead Bolt (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Cliff Remington Books

The Remington Factor (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Remington Contract (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Streetball Crew Books

with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Sasquatch in the Paint (With: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Stealing the Game (With: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Diamondback Books

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Masked Dog (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
Brain Wave (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
Reincarnation (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hungry Women (As: Laramie Dunaway) (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wicked Women (As: Laramie Dunaway) (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Borrowed Lives (As: Laramie Dunaway) (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Joker and the Thief (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lessons in Survival (As: Laramie Dunaway) (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Women On Top (As: Laramie Dunaway) (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Earth Angel (As: Laramie Dunaway) (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Anatomy Lesson (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Novelist's Essential Guide to Crafting Scenes (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fiction First Aid (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Careers for Your Characters (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of History Firsthand Books

The Civil War: The North (By: Thomas Streissguth) (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sixties Counterculture (By: Stuart A. Kallen) (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Slavery (By: Thomas Streissguth) (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Roaring Twenties (By: Stuart A. Kallen) (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Renaissance (With: G. Bard Mitchell) (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Pearl Harbor (By: Don Nardo) (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Black Death (By: Tom Streissguth) (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon

Raymond Obstfeld
Raymond Obstfeld is a screenwriter, novelist, and poet. He is also a professor of English at Orange Coast College. He was born January 22, 1952 in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, and then graduated from Loyalsock High School in the year 1969. His parents and his brother (named Roland, born 1947) were immigrants from Germany.

They owned and operated Obstfeld’s Jewish Delicatessen, which became the target of various hate crimes when Raymond was a kid. There were Nazi swastikas being painted on the doors to the building being gutted by arson. His parents later rebuilt the store, but all these events informed Obstfeld’s later political activism and his writing.

Raymond spent a year at the local Lycoming College, before attending an experimental college in Redlands, California, from which he would later graduate from in the year 1972. Then he went to the University of California at Santa Barbara for one year, but he left in order to pursue writing.

He lived in San Francisco for an entire year, working odd jobs, and was able to finish his first novel and get himself an agent. Then in the year 1974, he went back to graduate school at the University of California at Davis, writing poetry under Karl Shapiro, the famed poet.

He took a job teaching English at Orange Coast College when he was 24 years old. Raymond said that he intended to quit the job once his writing career took off. But in his first year of teaching, he sold his first book of poetry and his first novel, and he gained a contract for three more novels. he found that he loved teaching more than writing and just could not give it up.

When he completed his first novel, he took it to a literary agent that he found in the phone book and left it at her front door, since he was unable to afford postage.

After he had penned a dozen occult, Western, and thriller novels he decided to go back to mainstream literary fiction that he was writing in graduate school.

Since he had some fame as a mystery writer, he chose to write under the name of Laramie Dunaway for “Hungry Women”. It is a novel told from the perspectives of four different women friends. The novel was published by Warner Books without anybody at the publishing company even knowing Raymond was a man. The novel was successful, getting international publication.

Laramie Dunaway published two more novels before Raymond informed Warner that he was a man. The publisher decided to publish “Earth Angel” under his real name.

Raymond has written and sold many scripts that have gotten optioned or have been sold, however, just one, called “Whatever It Takes”, has been filmed.

In the year 1990, he married Loretta Obstfeld, an English professor at Orange Coast College and an award-winning poet. Together, they have two kids Harper (born in 2002) and Max (born in 1998).

Raymond was nominated for an Edgar Award for “Dead Heat”, and has been nominated two times for the NAACP Image Award, winning once for “What Color is My World”. “The Joker and the Thief” received a Delacorte Young Adult Award.

Raymond has written the “Harry Gould Thriller” series and the “Cliff Remington” series, as well as stand alone novels. He has written four of the “Executioner” novels and has written with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Raymond writes under the pen names of Carl Stevens, Jason Frost, Pike Bishop, and Laramie Dunaway, due to his writing in different genres.

“The Golden Fleece” is the first novel in the “Harry Gould Thriller” series and was released in the year 1979. Harry Gould moved out to Los Angeles to escape many impatient, and heavily armed, New York City creditors.

Harry then finds a big job guarding wealthy businessman. Which is fine. Until he finds that the local hit-men are much more interested in him than his boss. The FBI also appears to have his number, and the Los Angeles Police Force, as well as many gorgeous young women.

Something surely is up and it appears as if it’s going to take every bit of Harry’s finely-honed criminal sensibility to come out of it in one piece. He might just get a chance at finding out who is setting him up. And why.

“The Dead-End Option” is the second novel in the “Harry Gould Thriller” series and was released in the year 1980. Harry has found himself a nice, peaceful kind of job. Just enforcing the No Smoking regulation at some ‘art theater’. Certainly not the kind of place where you would expect to find a corpse sitting up front. Or $200,000 in negotiable bonds crammed behind the seat.

That type of money could be tempting, particularly for a small-time criminal attempting to go straight, and just the thought of taking off with all the loot actually passes through Harry’s mind. Trouble is, many other people appear to have the exact same idea, including a crooked cop, as well as Vicki, the gorgeous and Harry’s own true love.

Harry Gould has got a special knack for usually being in the wrong place at the right time as well as a healthy respect for guys that chase him with guns. Sometimes he comes out on top.

Raymond’s style of writing is outstanding and unique, with a satiric bite to the novel. Fans found this novel to be a thrill ride the entire way through.

“Dead Heat” is the third novel in the “Harry Gould Thriller” series and was released in the year 1981. Harry Gould went into the game with fifty grand, and he then came out of it thirty grand light. That was okay, though. He had lost to Blackstone, who immediately keeled over with a coronary attack. It could have been a lot worse, and could have lost to Bender.

It got a lot worse, quickly, when Frank “Stillwater” Bender bought Harry’s marker. Bender told him that there was an important lesson he learned Guido Sarducci, and you must have a fall guy in order to protect yourself. You, Harry, are our fall guy.

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