In the pipeline …
Murder in the Haight
How far will a murder victim go to help solve her own slaying?
Between fending off a lecherous parole officer and trying to make ends meet in 1978 San Francisco, private investigator Colleen Hayes desperately needs to put her life back together so she can reconnect with her runaway daughter. Then a wealthy, retired industrialist named Edward Copeland seeks her assistance.
Mr. Copeland’s own daughter was brutally murdered in Golden Gate Park eleven years earlier, during the Summer of Love. The case was never solved. Now, in his final days, he hires Colleen to find his daughter’s killer so he can die a peaceful death.
Battling her own demons, sleeping in an abandoned warehouse, Colleen’s search takes her through San Francisco’s underbelly where police corruption is only one obstacle. When another murder is committed in an attempt to stop her, the investigation turns deadly. Colleen has little to go on. Until a song on the radio makes her wonder—did the murdered girl leave a clue others might have missed? Colleen knows what it means to take a life—and the kind of people who do it. She spent a decade in prison for just such an act.
MURDER IN THE HAIGHT is a gritty mystery of 95K words, written in a style reminiscent of Gillian Flynn, Elmore Leonard and Patricia Highsmith. The book is firmly rooted in the mystery genre and aimed primarily at that audience, but will also draw readers of LBGTQ fiction. In San Francisco, Colleen becomes reacquainted with a side of her that she thought had vanished.
(MITH has been work-shopped, professionally edited, and is looking for representation. Are you an agent who likes edgy mysteries? Let’s talk!)
The Orchid Girls
In the near future, in the People’s Republic of California, humans are almost perfect.
Or are they?
A dystopian novel for adults – and near adults.
Work-shopped by my stalwart writers group and currently on the umpteenth draft. Look for Orchid Girls sometime in 2017.
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