Catch of the Day is my newest book of short stories. Like my first, it’s a mix of genres: literary, mystery and suspense, humor, even nostalgia. A psychologist recovers the lost childhood memories of her mother’s murder. Two brothers must confront their childhood wounds at the bedside of their dying father. A man is forced to relive the worst moments of his life. A prominent scientist is hired to authenticate an ancient document that will change the history of the world. A discontented man surrenders his life to the crows that inhabit his neighborhood.
Seal of Secrets is my latest novel. Here’s the blurb from the back cover: There is something strange about Jack Wallace, the man Chloe Denhurst has hired to do odd jobs around her house. He never talks about himself, never mentions a family or friends. She sees sorrow in his eyes, and something else, something sinister. When his past comes back to haunt him, Chloe’s own life and the life of her daughter are put in jeopardy. As the mystery deepens, Chloe gets pulled into a vortex of deception and murder.
I think of The Pieta in Ordinary Time as a “salad” of short fiction. From droll humor to creepy suspense to thoughtful meditations on life and death, the stories are vivid narratives meant to evoke a response from the reader. In one, a refugee seeks shelter after Seattle has been destroyed by a nuclear bomb. In another, a successful business woman must travel back east to visit her brother dying of cancer, after his cryptic message that he knows “how the oyster feels.” A third describes the life of a young singer and college student establishing her own identity apart from her abusive past. One story is the comic descent into madness of a home owner whose house is being destroyed by a malevolent woodpecker. In another, a priest hears the confession of a serial killer and is powerless to prevent him from killing again. One reviewer described the volume of 16 stories as “like a whole season of The Twilight Zone.”
Songs for the Journey Home is a saga of faith, fall, and redemption. Four adolescent boys meet in a Catholic seminary in 1962, but eventually go their separate ways. Fifty years later, one of them, now a successful mental health therapist, sees a viral video of a bank robbery gone terribly wrong. He recognizes that the hostage killed in the bank was his best friend from decades ago. When he goes to work that morning, he is put on administrative leave after two of his patients claim he sexually abused them. The last straw occurs when he returns home only to be served divorce papers from his second wife. With his life in shambles, he embarks upon a quest to find out all he can about his murdered friend, and to recover the faith that he lost fifty years before.
All these books are available in Kindle and paperback versions on Amazon.