Coming July 12, 2022

Novak’s Quest

Police Chief Karol Novak’s planned retirement is sidetracked when a dying man’s wish draws him into investigating the unsolved murder of a young woman two decades before. As the investigation unfolds, Novak and his team discover a similar unsolved murder. Are the two deaths related or are they the work of a serial killer? While they work to answer these questions, this small, undermanned police force must also find a three-year-old child who has disappeared without a trace.


  • A statement is not a question

    As a writer, I am alert to grammatical errors I encounter in my reading. One of the most frequent—and one I do not understand—stems from the inability of many writers to tell the difference between a statement and a question. In a book I am reviewing, I read the following: “He’d been trying to escape […]

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  • Riccardino: A novel way to end a series

    I have been an avid fan of Andrea Camilleri’s Montalbano series since the first novel was translated into English by Stephen Sartarelli. Montalbano’s impudence in the face of self-serving bureaucrats has always been entertaining. Most plots were intricate and well resolved. The descriptions of Sicilian seafood specialties often sent me to my cookbooks in fruitless […]

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  • Review: “We Have Been Harmonized.”

    We Have Been Harmonized: Life in China’s Surveillance State by Kai Strittmatter My rating: 5 of 5 stars You are on social media and type the words, “I disagree.” They disappear. You retype them, and they again disappear. The state has decided that the phrase no longer exists. You are called in for questioning because […]

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  • My capsule review of “Yellow Bird”

    Yellow Bird: Oil, Murder, and a Woman’s Search for Justice in Indian Country by Sierra Crane Murdoch My rating: 5 of 5 stars A well-written account of a Native American woman who becomes fixated on the disappearance of a white oilfield workers whom she has never met. In her quest to solve the mystery, she […]

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  • Research for the new book

    I have just finished the final draft of The Quadrant Conspiracy, a novel of World War II set in Ontario. I am now in search of an agent and publisher. My first three novels all required hours of research, although the first two were based in part on my personal experience. But Quadrant involved more […]

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  • And I thought I was finished

    As I told a fellow writer a few days ago, the more I edit, the more crap I find. This is my eighth swing at this scene. But I swear this is coming along and will soon be ready to share with potential agents.

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