Mysteries

In a Safe Town

Who could have wanted to kill Tom Stafford, the most popular kid in school, and the best quarterback in town history? Sheriff Mark Bennett can’t fathom a reason. Everyone knows everything about everyone in their small southern Indiana town…or do they?

When Tom Stafford is found stabbed in the woods outside of Heron, the town is thrown into shock and disbelief. Crime like this doesn’t happen in a safe town like Heron. Sheriff Bennett, up for re-election in just six weeks, is under tremendous pressure to solve the crime quickly. Over the course of the investigation, Mark learns disturbing facts about the murdered boy who dated his daughter. As he digs deeper, he uncovers parallels with the county’s last homicide, still unsolved after twenty-one years. The more he learns, the more Mark wonders if they’ve arrested the wrong person. Jason Hollister certainly had a big secret to keep, but was Tom really killed to keep him silent?

In a Safe Town is set in 1982 in fictitious Heron, in the hills of southeastern Indiana. It is full of the flavor and the voice of this time and region, on the edge of the South and the Midwest. It is a mystery, but with cross-over appeal to fans of YA and gay & lesbian fiction.

397 pages; 100,200 words.

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The Jade Dragon

In 1935, Shanghai is the place to be. Glittering nightlife, bustling business, and a diverse international community are just some of the appeals of the “Paris of the Orient.” Douglas Bainbridge, Office of Naval Intelligence, is beginning a two-year immersion in Shanghai when he runs into Tim McIntyre, a childhood friend from San Francisco. Tim is a reporter writing for the Shanghai office of the Associated Press, and he offers to show Doug the local nightlife.

Enjoying a show at the Jade Dragon, Tim steps out at intermission, but never returns. Doug finds Tim’s body in an alley. The local police dismiss it as a robbery gone bad, but Doug knows there was more to it. Bystanders outside the Jade Dragon saw Tim arguing with a pair of men before walking away with them.

Doug finds files in Tim’s office showing he was investigating Japanese infiltration of the Korean Provisional Government in Shanghai; and also digging into the notorious “Green Gang” that controls the opium trade in China, and has deep ties to General Chiang Kai-Shek himself. Tim’s friend and fellow reporter, Art “Jonesy” Jones goads Doug into solving Tim’s murder. But in Shanghai, danger lurks around every dark corner. The Jade Dragon is a traditional mystery, but with crossover appeal to fans of spy fiction, and gay & lesbian fiction.

320 pages; 93,000 words.

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Hidden Among Us

As the threat of war looms in Europe, the shadow game of espionage has come to America, and Martin Schuller knows it. While most Americans go about their daily lives oblivious to any threat from abroad, Martin’s work at the State Department’s counter-intelligence office keeps them safe, sometimes going undercover to catch a Nazi spy hidden among them, using a fake American passport. But then an anticipated bust at the rally of the German American Bund in February 1939 results in Martin’s mistaken arrest by the FBI, frustrating his efforts to identify the head of a Nazi cell in the United States, code-named Der Skilaufer.

Martin is set on a collision course with FBI Special Agent Reginald Sloan, who seems to interfere with Martin’s investigation at every turn. Meanwhile, Martin’s marriage is falling apart—his wife Becky, unhappy in Washington, resents his absences for undercover work.  Can he keep the career he loves without losing his family, or being pushed aside by the FBI? As war looms on the horizon, can Martin identify Der Skilaufer before he compromises a secret American military project?

Book One in the Martin Schuller Spy Catcher series, Hidden Among Us shapes Martin’s character and alters the course of his life. Hidden Among Us is part mystery, part spy thriller, which will appeal to fans of David Downing’s Station series, or Luke McCallin’s Gregor Reinhardt series.

75,000 words.

Coming April 2018, everywhere books are sold.