A Field of Red

Description: "Ex-cop Frank Harper is visiting the small Ohio town of Cooper’s Mill, trying to reconnect with his estranged daughter and a grandson he’s never met. But he finds the town gripped in fear—two young girls have gone missing, taken in broad daylight from a busy street. And the police are coming up blank. But once Harper is drawn reluctantly into the investigation, he’ll stop at nothing to find the girls. And he doesn’t care who gets in the way."

"A Field of Red" is the first book in the Frank Harper Mysteries series. Frank's got a lot of problems, but he's also tenacious and headstrong and good at solving crimes. Just don't bring up Hurricane Katrina around him, or hide his bourbon. Titles in the series:

Details: Fiction, published by Gypsy Publications, July 2013. Paperback: 296 pages, ISBN 9781938768231, $14.99. Kindle version: ASIN B004JN0GBW. Other Links: Gypsy PublicationsBarnes and NobleShelfari.

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Amazon Ratings and Rankings: 

4.3 out of 5 stars 1,690 reviews (as of 2/17/19).

Reviews and Awards:

shortlisted for the 2015 Bookviral book of the year awards 

"A Field of Red" was selected as one of 50 books shortlisted for the 2015 BookViral Book of the Year Awards. BookViral said "A Field of Red" is "a tour de force of intrigue and edgy noir backdrops, Enslen leads his readers on an unforgettable journey into the heart of darkness with A Field Of Red and it certainly isn’t slow off the mark! A gratifyingly graphic page turner with real depth, Enslen writes with an impeccable eye for detail to deliver a taut, compelling read with a superbly executed plot. There’s a real sense of authenticity here and it comes in the main from Enslen's astute rendering of Frank Harper." (1/1/16, click here for the full review)

Reader's Favorite five-star review, 2015 book Award winner

"A Field of Red is a compelling mystery featuring a world-weary former police detective drawn into an investigation of the disappearance of two young girls in a small town in Ohio. The protagonist, Frank Harper, is well-drawn: crusty, disillusioned, and haunted by his past...If you enjoy a good mystery that really delves into the psychology of the characters and the ethos of place, you’ll love A Field of Red." (8/2/15, click here for the full review)

2013 Gypsy publications nOVEL OF THE YEAR

Awarded as the Novel of the Year for 2013 by Gypsy Publications. Gypsy Publications chooses one fiction novel each calendar year for its Novel of the Year award.

BookReview.com (Nov. 2013) 

“A Field of Red" by Greg Enslen opens with ex-New Orleans cop Frank Harper driving north to Ohio in a beat-up Taurus listening to the likes of Treetop Perkins on his jury-rigged CD player... The reader, having had the advantage of the Prologue, knows that the kidnapping involves a member of Cooper's Mill's "finest," but it's a good bet that most of us won't be able to point the finger with any confidence before Frank does, and Frank won't get there until he has been beaten on several occasions, almost burned alive, and shot at repeatedly...” (11/1/13, click here to see the full review)


"A Field of Red is a gripping tale, well-told through suspense, mystery and believable characters in an Ohio town. The story touches the unspoken fears of all parents who love their precious children."

FIVE STARS - Exceptionally good mystery. It grabbed me from the beginning to the unpredictable end. Well written. Very touching characters and side stories. I highly recommend this book.”
— Amazon Reviewer Pat Davis (12/23/2014)
FIVE STARS - This suspense novel kept me turning the page! Very action packed and high energy read. Would definitely read more from Greg Enslen.”
— Amazon Reviewer Carrie J. (1/2/2015)
The characters in this book grab your attention right away, and are well developed. I loved the details in the writing, and constant suspense. HIGHLY RECOMMEND TO READERS! Great book!
— Amazon.com reviewer Nora G.
“I purchased your book at the Strawberry Festival in Troy last year. You asked that I let you know how I liked it. It was in the queue, so I only recently finished it. I did thoroughly enjoy it! Really enjoyed all the local references. I live in New Carlisle. I will definitely be checking out some more of your other work.”
— Local Reviewer Zoie Storch (2/13/2015)
FIVE STARS - What a pleasant find!...retired cop Frank Harper is a gritty, realistic character with all the necessary strengths and weaknesses. He reminds me of Harry Bosch and Dave Robicheaux. Smart, smooth plot with twists and turns and truth. Also, has morality and hope in some tough situations. A great read.
— Amazon Reviewer Robert D. (10/8/2014)