These pages are dedicated to my latest endeavor: Writing.

I have finished one novel and am finalizing the second.

Forty-Seven Steps to Murder and Black Hat / White Hat

You can click on the tabs for each to see a synopsis. One is a science fiction novel featuring a detective, and one is a convoluted tale of a mobster’s revenge on spam callers and the FBI Special Agent tasked with finding the pair the mobster hires to carry out the revenge.

Available on Kindle and Kindle Direct Publishing November 2021

A Little About Me

The themes touch on my past. As far back as grade school, I enjoyed fantasy and science fiction. My interest in law enforcement is a holdover from about 25 years in it, including attending the FBI National Academy.

I did three tours in Vietnam, the last two as a correspondent, which got me interested in writing. I wrote a bit since, but never published more than a few articles. I finally decided to put pen to paper with a few ideas that have been circulating at the back of my mid for a while.

My career has been an odd one. About a quarter century in law enforcement, a stint as an information systems analyst for the State of California, a number of years managing the California State Supreme Court headquarters building, twenty-odd years selling antiques in shops and on eBay, and five years appraising firearms for an auction house. Volunteer work with kids, town government and a community health organization.

One semi-enjoyable task got me back into writing. I edited my late wife’s doctoral dissertation. I was her research assistant, so I enjoyed the topic. The formatting, on the other hand, was excruciating. Once her classmates and friends found out that I did it, I had five more to do. Special torture. I eventually began to enjoy it to a small degree, in a masochistic sort of way. Like doing a 2000-piece jigsaw puzzle.

It was also humorous at times. I discovered that four out of six doctoral candidates in my small-population study, did not know that you do not have to use the space bar to indent a paragraph, or hit “return” to start a new line when using a computer. Do you know how long it takes to remove paragraph marks at the end of each line of a ninety-five page manuscript?

I live in New Hampshire, where fall scenes like the photo (taken by me in 2017) at the top of my page are no more than a short drive from my home. Another great benefit is that there are about two dozen really great diners within fifteen minutes of my house.

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