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Dave Balcom Books
Member Introduction
Author Dave Balcom was an award-winning journalist for 35 years with 11 newspapers in six different states from New York to California, Minnesota to Mississippi. When he no longer had the daily outlet for story telling that newspapers afforded, he began working on books. Susie Balcom, a retired special education elementary school teacher, has become Jim Stanton’s story telling compass. Her gentle editor’s touch keeps our hero in line just as it has Dave for decades. In addition to novels, Dave and Susie offer communication solutions for organizations, businesses, and individuals. They are available to assist with anything from planning discussions on storytelling and fiction to nonfiction including operation manuals, staff policy notebooks, training courses, and non-political speeches. Contact us for a quote.

Author Dave Balcom
Alma, WI
641.226.4909
dhbalcom@gmail.com


Jim Stanton Mysteries

  • The Next Cool Place

    Millionaire land developer Micky Buchanan's death on a lonely road in Michigan's north country brought his old friend, retired investigative journalist Jim Stanton back to a world he had vowed to never revisit. Buchanan had always told Stanton...


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  • Acorn

    In this, the second Jim Stanton Mystery, the retired community journalist is confronted by two mysteries, one trivial, the other fatal, but in the end they combine to remind him that even in perfect stories, everything doesn't always "work out" for...


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  • Sea Change

    In this, the second Jim Stanton Mystery, the retired community journalist is confronted by two mysteries, one trivial, the other fatal, but in the end they combine to remind him that even in perfect stories, everything doesn't always "work out"...


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  • Song of Suzies

    When state high school track champion Suzanne Czarnopias goes missing, her sleepy hometown that calls itself “The Heart of the Finger Lakes” is shocked. When the newspaper’s new, young managing editor, Jim Stanton, breaks the story...


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  • Even When You Win...

    Wins and losses… When Ed Sweet loses his job of 35 years it is devastating. Two years later, when he wins the American Tribute Sweepstakes Grand Prize worth millions of dollars, everything seems to be coming up roses. When Ed starts receiving...


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  • Fear at First Glance

    Of Swans and Swine... For Janice Coldwell Stanton, the final class reunion at Stoney High School would be her last chance to capture a specific “look” from those people in her hometown who only knew her as the tall, skinny, frumpy, piano-playing accompanist...


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  • Code Matters

    Encoding... In this, the 7th Jim Stanton Mystery, the retired journalist is confronted with deciphering a maze of codes, ultimately requiring him to evaluate his personal code of ethics. A long-time friend has gone missing. Jim has been asked to help...


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  • Helix

    The 8th Jim Stanton Mystery finds the retired journalist caught in the middle of a three-way intersection between the past, present, and future involving family trees, predictive genetics and political extremism woven in a spiraling story that involves...


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