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Ransom Island

North Beach

Thin Slice of Life

LaSalle’s Ghost

Hidden Sea



The Texas Gulf Coast is an idyllic place for a boy to grow up, especially in 1962 when most of the country is enjoying prosperous, upbeat times. The Twist is all the rage, America’s sweet ride is a Corvette Stingray, and the USA is kicking Russia’s ass in the Space Race. Charlie Sweetwater is like most 15-year olds—happily oblivious to the world’s problems. His main concerns that summer revolve around qualifying for an upcoming Golden Gloves boxing tournament, ducking a local bully named Karl McDevitt, and, with any luck, stealing a kiss from Carmen Delfín, a pretty ballet dancer two years his senior.


The gritty world of amateur boxing in Corpus Christi is an escape for Charlie and his older brother, Johnny, from their familiar boyhood haunts of Rockport and Ransom Island. But it is a peek through the doorway into impending adulthood, and life beyond Top 40 radio and surfing the days away at Bob Hall Pier.

All at once, the outside world comes crashing through Charlie’s last innocent summer when his boxing coach is murdered, and his friend, a black Cuban boxer named Jesse Martel, is falsely accused of the crime. Charlie and Johnny believe Jesse is innocent, but a crooked cop wants to make sure it’s an open-and-shut case, no matter what the cost.


Jesse’s problems are compounded when he becomes a political pawn in a high-stakes contest between Cuba and the CIA—a contest that intensifies when the Cuban Missile Crises begins and the world’s two superpowers come within an eye blink of mutual destruction.


Through it all, Charlie is determined to find the real murderer—a remorseless killer who is stalking more victims--and clear Jesse’s name before time runs out. Suddenly the Sweetwater boys find themselves navigating through a world that is suddenly much bigger, more complicated and far scarier than they ever imagined.



“Miles Arceneaux offers another gripping tale….If you haven’t read any of the Arceneaux books, this is a good one to start with.” 
 — Glenn Dromgoole, Texas Reads, January 23, 2016

“If you feel tugged buy the desire to breathe the coastal breezes of 1960s Corpus Christi, and learn how Charlie Sweetwater becomes a young man, you’ll find North Beach a satisfying trip in time.” 
— Ed Conroy, San Antonio Express-News, January 2, 2016

“Arceneaux’s story is a smashing blend of a coming-of-age tale and a suspenseful thriller.” 
— Kirkus Reviews, December 2016 

“Arceneaux again proves masterful at evoking atmosphere and recreating a particular time and place. We are immersed in that year (1962): the Space Race, Cuban Embargo, fallout shelters, the Beach Boys, paranoia, and virulent racism. North Beach proves the truism that the more things change, the more they stay the same.” 
— Michelle Newby, Lone Star Literary Life, October 2015



Miles might be gone fishin’ or involved in some sort of international intrigue, but he’s well-represented by his associates at these fine venues: 


October 10, 2014
6:00 – 7:00pm
San Antonio, Texas
The Twig Book Shop website
Location and Directions

Conversation and Book Signing
October 17, 2014
5:30 – 7:30pm
Rockport, Texas
Texas Maritime Museum website
Location and Directions

Conversation and Book Signing
October 25 – 26, 2014
11:00am – 5:00pm
Austin, Texas
Texas Book Festival website
Location and Directions

Conversation and Book Signing
November 11, 2014
7:00 – 8:00pm
Austin, Texas
Book People website
Location and Directions

Conversation and Book Signing
December 13, 2014
2:00 – 4:00pm
Galveston, Texas
Galveston Bookshop website
Location and Directions

Conversation and Book Signing
Januray 15, 2015
Houston, Texas
Brazos Bookstore website
Location and Directions

Texas Author Series
April 9, 2015
Abilene, Texas
Abilene Public Library website
Location and Directions

Conversation and Book Signing 
April 12, 2015
2:00 – 5:00pm
Spring Branch, Texas
Abilene Public Library website
Location and Directions


Miles is highly sought after by book clubs, visiting in person and by phone about his wickedly witty novels, his upcoming books, and/or the vagaries of his unorthodox life as a writer. If your book club is interested drop him a line. 


The author of five funny, fast-paced novels of intrigue set on the Texas Gulf Coast, Miles Arceneaux is a one-of-a-kind writer. Or, more precisely, he is three-of-a-kind—an irreverent persona that is the product of three friends, lifelong Texans, and Gulf Coast aficionados sharing a typewriter and one nom de plume. 

Brent Douglass’ inspiration for Miles’ tales stems from his family’s deep Texas coastal roots, and the iconoclastic characters he crossed paths with growing up there. James R. Dennis’ intimate knowledge of both sides of the law (he’s one of the good guys, it should be mentioned) and his deep appreciation for Texas Rangers lore helps keep Miles’ protagonists on the side of the angels. As a longtime journalist covering Texas and Texans, John T. Davis has sometimes been accused of writing fiction, but this is the first time he has set out to do it on purpose. Together, Douglass, Dennis and Davis make “Miles Arceneaux” truly more than the sum of his parts. 

International businessman Brent Douglass writes in airports, hotel rooms and drinking establishments around the world. At present he is a principal owner of KBC Networks and peddles data transmission equipment in Latin America and the Caribbean. He is the cultured, cosmopolitan writer of the Miles Arceneaux trio. 

John T. Davis has been writing about the music, culture and personalities of Austin and the Southwest for more than 30 years for local, regional and national publications. He is the streetwise and roguishly irreverent co-author of the Miles Arceneaux canon, albeit its most discerning. 

James R. Dennis, a Dominican friar, practices law in San Antonio and across Texas. He writes and teaches on spiritual matters and lives with his two ill-behaved dogs. Of the three writers, he is the good-looking, funny one.


Miles is hard to reach. But drop him a note and he, or one of his representatives,
will get back with you.

The truth is, no one has ever really been able to follow Miles for long. But if you’d like to keep up on books and events, he will let you know where and when from time to time. 

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