My Current Projects

On this page is where I’ll share what I’m currently working on.

I’m working on a new crime thriller series that will be set in my home country of Costa Rica.

Featuring a Costa Rican homicide detective — an agent with the Judicial Investigation Organization (OIJ) — on the hunt for a serial killer targeting American tourists and expats in Costa Rica.

The detective enlists the help of an FBI Profiler to help him find the killer before he strikes again.

I’ve been wanting to write these books for over ten years, so I’m excited to see them come together, finally.

The first book is finished. It’s been line-edited and proofread. 

As of October 1, 2021, I’m at the 27% mark of my target word-count goal for the second book.

New update! As of February 26, 2022, I’m at the 79% completion mark for the second book. I hit a block where I made little progress, but got back on track in February.

March 8, 2022 update. Book #2 is complete! Came in at 68,000 words. It’s now in the hands of my editor.

I started writing book #3 on March 4. I crossed over 10,000 word mark in four days, so it’s coming along nicely.

Work in progress

I have the third book in the series outlined and the log line for books 4-6 written. So I’m excited about this series.

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Book 1 in the Elijah Shaw Thriller Series

Gringo Gulch is Complete!
120% Complete
95,700 of 80,000 words

Book 2 is Complete!
100% Complete
68,000 of 68,000 words

Book 3
55% Complete
38,500 of 70,000 words

Book 4 in the Elijah Shaw Thriller Series

Title to be Revealed Later
0% Complete
of 75,000 words
The fourth book in the Elijah Shaw series will see Costa Rica's best homicide detective out of his element in Washington DC as he investigates the disappearance of the daughter of a Costa Rican diplomat.

Book 5 in the Elijah Shaw Thriller Series

Title to be Revealed Later
0% Complete
of 75,000 words
The fifth book in the Elijah Shaw series will see Costa Rica's best homicide detective now living in the US hunting a serial killer who's one of his victims is a Costa Rican citizen.

The fourth book in my Pete Maddox series is scheduled to be published in 2022.

I finished writing this book awhile back but I put it on the back burner for way too long. I’m planning to send this out to my editor soon.

Stay tuned for more info soon.

Maddox Series

The Forgotten Spy
113% Complete
90,000 of 80,000 words

Alan Petersen is the bestselling author of high-octane thrillers.

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