Archie Ferguson

Archie Ferguson is the last of the original fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants Alaska bush pilots to be the subject of a biography. Dubbed \Alaska's Clown Prince,\" he added many hilarious chapters to Alaska's history. He is also the originator of the \"Arctic Bump,\" current practice of airline pilots who give a blast of power as they fly over the Arctic Circle to provide gullible tourists the impression that the air north of the Arctic Circle is different than air south of the Arctic Circle. His title, \"the Craziest Pilot in the World, was given to him by The Saturday Evening Post in its December 1945 issue. Ferguson, who died in 1967, was an excellent example of the colorful character/con men who made Alaska what it is today.

The Matter of the Dematerializing Armored Car

In The Matter of the Dematerializing Armored Car, Chief of Detectives Heinz Noonan is asked to solve the disappearance of an empty armored car and its two drivers from a tunnel with guards on both ends. Why would anyone want to steal an empty armored car and is it linked the $12 million in cash in the armored car vault under the control of the United States Department of Treasury which vanishes without a trace – legally?  A suspenseful thriller of breathtaking action where the detective must solve an impossible crime before the heist can become an unsolved crime!

The Matter of the Phantom Purloiners

Captain Heinz Noonan, Master of the Impossible Crime, is in Wyoming to solve an odd murder. A transient is under arrest, accused of murdering himself with a weapon that cannot be found at a time no one could pinpoint for an unknown motive. And how is this murder linked with three odd robberies in three different Wyoming towns in adjacent counties and what does all of this have to do with $25 million in missing Russian money from Philadelphia? See if you can solve the impossible crime faster than Detective Heinz Noonan.

The Matter of the Duct Tape Tuxedo

Captain Heinz Noonan, “Master of the Impossible Crime,” is called upon to solve the most puzzling of riddles. If it's odd, you call Noonan. Why, for instance, would someone steal 200 garden gnomes and then leave them in a pattern across a city? Better yet, how can air cargo increase in weight as it flies and how can a century old Tong highbinder warrior appear in a locked warehouse and then disappear in a cloud of smoke? And why would anyone want to steal anything from a garbage dump? See if you can solve these unusual mysteries faster than the “Bearded Holmes” of the Sandersonville Police Department. Oh, then there is the theft of 8,000 gallons of water, a reappearing coelacanth, the theft of some Komodo dragon trousers and, of course, a missing duct tape tuxedo. The perfect Who dun what for your bookshelf and enjoyment.