Cliff Chandler — Paragon

Cliff Chandler — Paragon


ChickenBones: A Journal

for Literary & Artistic African-American Themes



Cliff Chandler writes as well as Raymond Chandler. Sex, drugs, violence,

corruption in the highest places and fantastic detective work.



Books by Cliff Chandler


The Paragons  / Devastated  /  Vengeance Is Mine


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The Paragons

A Novel by Cliff Chandler



Today’s politicians struggle with each other’s character daily in pursuit of high office. Novelist Cliff Chandler takes a different view, as he sees it, a real-world view. The Paragons his new novel is a tantalizing trip through the real world, a world, in which he pulls no punches. As Cliff says, ” This isn’t about morality. This is about surviving by any means necessary. This struggle is not new to America; the problem arises because a different class of people is subscribing to the ” American Dream.” During the thirties the mother load was whiskey today it is narcotics. A large segment of our society is involved in this chase. The Paragons identifies them.

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If you are looking for a crime story, look no further.  Cliff Chandler’s debut Novel The Paragons is escapist entertainment of the highest order.  Mr. Chandler navigates you through a complex game played by those with money and power, a best seller for sure.

-Roy Glenn author of  “Is It A Crime”

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With the release of The Paragons first time author Cliff Chandler has emerged full force in the literary world. The Paragons is a suspenseful, thrilling page-turner. He kept me on the edge of my seat with a creation of characters that stood up on each page. Mr. Chandler definitely has a gift for projecting realization.

Atlanta’s Elite Book Club

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Cliff Chandler’s The Paragons was chalked full of mystery and excitement, with a flare for the big screen. Main Character, Vic Morgan is no nonsense Police Detective who draws you in and takes you hostage until the very end.

Raven Styles



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The Paragons will knock your sock off.

Cliff Chandler writes as well as Raymond Chandler. Sex, drugs, violence, corruption in the highest places and fantastic detective work. Detective Vic Morgan is suave, tough and brutal. He gets the job done. Don’t miss this book. It’s a winner.

–R.Cummings, Author

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When Elizabeth Crainsworth was found murdered in a Bronx apartment, no one could believe she had any connection to the drug scene.  Her mother spent a year as a recluse, and her father finally tapped the Mayor for help in solving the murder.  He gives the Mayor a package that cost the private investigator Crainsworth had hired to solve the case his life. The Mayor tapped Ben Chapman, Police Commissioner, to provide the best he has, who happens to be Lieutenant Vic Morgan.  Morgan has been “desked” since an unfortunate incident that made for some bad press.  Morgan picks Jess Norman as his partner, and the ride begins.  Chandler patiently builds layer of intrigue, interspersing plenty of action and ruthlessness along the way. His pictorial descriptions of the Bronx and Manhattan are breathtaking, as is his depiction of the utter corruption that the drug world produces. Chandler produces a page-turner that exposes the dark side of our society; drugs and prostitution, as the easy money/quick death trip that it is.


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Macon, Georgia author Cliff Chandler has written a tale of murder and revenge in his first novel The Paragons. It is filled with scenes that are reminiscent of Hammett and Spillane, but yet have a modem touch that brings in Diehl and Connelly. It is a blend of these famous authors but still a book that is uniquely his own.  The book is raw and gutsy, violent and explosive. It has its ups and its downs as it moves from incident to incident; from rage to rage, from clue to clue   until finally the murderer is discovered and justice is handed out in the proper ratio. If you are a fan of crime fiction, this is a good book for you. Cliff Chandler has had this book inside of him for some time and the sequel is already waiting in the wings. In it the main characters of this story will return.

–Jakie K. Cooper Book & Movie Critic WGMT Channel 41 NBC Network. Macon, GA

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How far up is the bottom of crime? November 10, 2002

Cliff Chandler’s first book, The Paragons is an excellent example of what a crime story should be. It contains plenty of mystery and enough twists and turns in the plot to keep the book interesting. The story opens immediately following the mysterious death of Elizabeth Crainsworth. Since there were no immediate suspects for murder, Elizabeth’s wealthy father Ellis Crainsworth hires an investigator to look into the crime in an effort to find some answers and gain some closure. As a result of the investigation, Ellis obtains some critical evidence. Eventually this evidence is shared with the police and an elite police squad headed up by maverick cop Vic Morgan is formed to further investigate the crime. Thus the roller coaster ride of a mystery begins, featuring sex, drugs, small time hustlers and the seemingly untouchable elite.

Chandler deftly explores issues of class, while keeping the reader engrossed in a hard hitting yet true to life plot about the impact of drugs in American society and the true roots of the drug problem in America. He cleverly demonstrates that criminals come in all shapes, sizes and social backgrounds and that sometimes the most dangerous criminals are the ones that never make the news because of their high powered connections. This is a multi-layered story, not the kind of mystery where you can skip to the end and discover all the answers. As Detective Vic Morgan and his team discover the answers to some questions, new questions emerge until the book reaches its final explosive ending. With interesting characters and a high paced plot, The Paragons is a crime story that should not be missed.

The Paragons    sells for $14.95 / July 11, 2000 * Brittney Press Publishing Decatur, GA 30034


342 pages

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