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Second Novel:  PIRATES

You're an ex-SEAL named Hal Morgan.  You served in a desert war and returned to the States with plenty of scars inside as well as outside.  Now you sail charter boats in Puerto Rico, taking the tourists out to sea.  You're returning an empty boat to the marina when you spot a daysailer drifting ahead, apparently abandoned and ready to sink.  You come alongside and find a young woman in a torn, black cocktail dress, lying unconscious in the cockpit.  The daysailer doesn't look as though it will last long, so you hurry the woman over to your boat and do what you can for her.  When she wakes, she finds your gun in the cabin and demands that you go back and get some bag she left on the daysailer.  She acts as though this bag means a lot to her and it does.  Because the young woman Ana Cortez Bolano has just left her boyfriend, gangster boss Jaime Riviera, taking all his cash with her.  Now you have a choice: you can hand Ana over to Riviera, knowing what he'll do to her, or you can make like a white knight and help her escape.  The first decision is easy.  After that, well, things get complicated . . . .

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First Novel:  SMITH

Smith is a killer, a paid assassin.  Hired by the Enterprise, an American shadow agency, and trained by folks who know how to take a talent for killing and turn it into an asset. 

The first kills settle an old score.

The next job is to remove an unwanted Central American political figure.  It’s not a mission.  The mission is to stay alive.  It’s not a calling.  It’s a matter of life and death.

Smith would love to retire.  But there’s always one more job.  If Smith can live that long.

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Short Story:  "Last Night at the Skipper's Lounge"

Tim Lockhart’s debut novel came out earlier this year [2017] amidst a lot of buzz and he’s here with a very dark tale indeed.  The Editors, Down & Out Magazine, Volume 1, Issue 2

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What others are saying


Ron Fortier, The Virginian-Pilot

"Writer Timothy J. Lockhart . . . delivers a straightforward action thriller. Each of his protagonists is noble and flawed. Their interwoven fate propels them into a struggle they can survive only by trusting each other. 'Pirates' is one hell of an adventure."

Paul Burke, NB

"Pirates is a pulp novel with a slick plot that delivers action and excitement but never loses sight of the need for decent characterisation.  As you fly through this pacy novel you will be caught up in Hal and Ana’s desperate fight for survival against overwhelming odds, they’re both easily likeable.  As a former naval officer Lockhart creates some credible scenes on the water, there’s also a real sense of peril for Ana and Hal and the action has a grounded, realistic feel.  Lockhart gets a couple of nice twists into the chase scenario and it’s all a bit more subtle than the usual fair.  There’s a kicker at the end too.  A thoroughly enjoyable read."

Nicholas Litchfield, Lancashire Post

"American author Timothy J. Lockhart delivers a barrage of thrills, spills, and blood-soaked ferocity in his explosive action-adventure yarn set in the hazardous rough waters of the Caribbean.  [PIRATES] is a modern-day high-seas thriller with . . . taut, suspenseful prose, as well as extensive, exhilarating gun battles, a disturbing blend of violence and eroticism, and unforgettable villainy."

Alan Cranis, Bookgasm:  Reading Material To Get Excited About

"Timothy J. Lockhart employs a classic plot for his second novel, PIRATES.  But thanks to striking characterizations and unfamiliar settings, Lockhart makes the story his own.  Lockhart’s prose style is direct and slightly hard-boiled.  His main focus is the action, but he allows just enough emotional insight into his characters to maintain our interest.  With a little more imagination in his plots Lockhart could become a crime novelist worth following."

Brian Boland, author of Caribbean's Keeper and Graves in the Sand

"[PIRATES is a] high-seas adventure with modern-day pirates of the Caribbean. The story charts an unpredictable course with action as unrelenting as the tropical winds."

Bradley Harper, author of A Knife in the Fog

"[In PIRATES] [f]ormer Navy SEAL Hal Morgan, whose external scars mirror his internal wounds, finds a chance at redemption when he stumbles upon Ana, the former mistress of a ruthless gangster named Rivera.  She's fleeing with a large sum of Rivera's money as her severance pay, and he will stop at nothing to get her, and the money back.  This taut and intelligently written novel will take you on a roller coaster ride around Puerto Rico as Hal and Ana fight for freedom, and atonement."

Richard Lange, author of Angel Baby and The Smack

"[PIRATES is an] old-school thriller set in the treacherous waters of the Caribbean.  Packed with action, romance, and skulduggery.  Pulp, and proud of it."

Victor Gischler, Edgar-nominated author of Gun Monkeys

"[SMITH is a] riveting, page-turning thrill ride and a top notch debut.  Ten thumbs up."

Lou Berney, Edgar-winning author of The Long and Faraway Gone

"Smith is a taut, riveting thriller that combines rapid-fire action with nuanced and complex characters.  You'll have a hard time putting this novel down and won't want to."

Kristofer Upjohn, Noir Journal

"SMITH is a sleekly composed book, with taut wordsmithing and heaps of story shoe-horned into a wallop-packing 200 pages.  The plot can go anywhere at any time, and the suspense is palpable.  Lockhart is a modern master of pulp espionage and deserves a broad audience."

Gary Lovisi, Paperback Parade & Hardboiled magazines

"Smith—just Smith—is a tough as nails killer, a secret operative and tough fighter, and Timothy J. Lockhart makes this adventure a compelling must read."

Fred Kirsch, Ship and Shore magazine

Lockhart takes readers on a wild, 206-page trip of international intrigue as Smith knocks off bad guys, keeping a step ahead of death and wrestling with a haunted past.  Lockhart shows himself to be a great storyteller."

Don Crinklaw, Booklist

"[SMITH has] sequences of edgy suspense and artfully done violence.  And generous helpings of sex.  A chilling story that knows what lurks behind those superspy romances."

Nicholas Litchfield, Lancashire Post

An "explosive debut novel" that is "[s]olidly entertaining" with a "lead character who has plenty of grit and toughness."  SMITH is "a notable hard-boiled noir that hits the ground running, with guns blazing and knives slashing, and doesn’t let up until there are ample corpses piled high."

Evan Lewis, The Virginian-Pilot

SMITH is "a promising debut, with tight, no-nonsense prose, convincing dialogue, realistic action, and a character whose problems make our own pale in comparison."

Bill Crider, Pop Culture Magazine

SMITH is "done well, and it didn't give me any idea of where the book was headed.  The final job and its results surprised me . . . ."

Elaine Raco Chase, #1 Amazon Bestselling Author

"A distinctive new voice in the mystery/thriller field!  Smith is a bold, brilliant and resilient character who makes you keep turning the pages and devouring every word.  Author Lockhart knows how to pen a thriller that keeps the reader on edge with twists and turns and surprises to die for—and someone always does!"

"[A]nother honorable mention would be:  Timothy J. Lockhart’s 'Last Night at Skipper’s Lounge.'  It had an absolutely captivating level of visual imagery.  His description of the look and internal feel of a Pensacola bar frequented by Navy pilots is fleshed out with succinct authenticity."

“A book must be the axe for the frozen sea within us.”

Franz Kafka



Writing from Experience



Lawyer and Former Navy Officer

Timothy J. Lockhart is a lawyer and former U.S. Navy officer who worked with the CIA, DIA, and Office of Naval Intelligence.  He has published articles and book reviews in a variety of publications, including Naval Intelligence Quarterly, Naval War College Review, and The Virginian-Pilot.  SMITH and PIRATES are his first two novels.  He lives in Norfolk, Virginia, with his wife and daughter.


Book-Signings and Other Events with Timothy J. Lockhart

4th Annual Book Lovers Bash,

Slover Memorial Library,

235 Plume Street, Norfolk, VA 23510

Phone: 757-431-7491

Saturday, October 5, 2019, 7-10 p.m.

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The Book Exchange,

2720 N. Mall Dr., #200, Virginia Beach, VA 23452

Phone: 757-222-0117

Saturday, August 17, 2019, 2-4 p.m.

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Barnes & Noble at MacArthur Center,

300 Monticello Avenue, Norfolk, VA 23510

Phone: 757-625-3459

Saturday, August 3, 2019, 1-3 p.m.

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Writers Guild of Virginia, The Second Annual Authors Expo,

The Lancaster Community Library,

16 Town Centre Drive, Kilmarnock, VA 22482

Phone: 804-435-1729

Saturday, June 22, 2019, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

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The Book Exchange,

16 E. Little Creek Rd., Norfolk, VA 23505

Phone: 757-583-2665

Saturday, June 15, 2019, 2-4 p.m.

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Prince Books, 109 E. Main Street, Norfolk, VA 23510

Phone: 757-622-9223

Saturday, June 1, 2019, 4-5:30 p.m.

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Washington Writers Conference,

The Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center,

5701 Marinelli Road, North Bethesda, MD 20852

Friday, May 10, 2019 (beginning at 6 p.m.), and Saturday, May 11, 2019 (all day)

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Hampton Roads Writers 10th Annual Conference,

Holiday Inn Virginia Beach - Norfolk Hotel & Conference Center,

5655 Greenwich Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23462

Phone: 757-639-6146

Friday and Saturday, September 14 and 15, 2018, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. both days

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The Author Expo — 2018,

Lancaster Community Library,

16 Town Centre Drive, Kilmarnock, VA 22482

Phone: 804-435-1729

Saturday, July 7, 2018, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

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Barnes & Noble at MacArthur Center,

300 Monticello Avenue, Norfolk, VA 23510

Phone: 757-625-3459

Sunday, February 18, 2018, 2-4 p.m.

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Old Dominion University Bookstore,

4417 Monarch Way, Norfolk, VA 23508

Phone: 757-683-0048

Thursday, October 26, 2017, Noon-1 p.m.

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The Book Exchange,

2720 N. Mall Dr., #200, Virginia Beach, VA 23452

Phone: 757-222-0117

Saturday, September 30, 2017, 2-5 p.m.

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The 2nd Annual Book Lovers Bash,

Slover Library, 235 E. Plume St., Norfolk, VA 23510

Phone: 757-664-7323

Saturday, September 23, 2017, 7-10 p.m.

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The Book Exchange,

16 E. Little Creek Rd., Norfolk, VA 23505

Phone: 757-583-2665

Saturday, August 5, 2017, 2-5 p.m.

Click here for more information.

Prince Books,

109 E. Main Street, Norfolk, VA 23510

Phone: 757-622-9223

Saturday, July 22, 2017, 3-5 p.m.

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