Retired New York police officer living in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee.
Author of the Sam Jenkins Crime Stories.
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These stories follow the adventures of an ex-NY cop now a chief of police in a small Tennessee town.
Also author of 26 non-fiction magazine articles on colonial American history or the fiction of James Fenimore Cooper.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Good old-fashioned hard copies.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up on Long Island, just fifteen miles from New York City, and lived there for forty-six years. I spent twenty of those years with the Suffolk County Police Department. These factors makes me quite qualified and happy to write about the protagonist in my series of police mysteries, since he and I share many similarities in life. He's a former New York detective who is now employed as chief of police in a small city in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains of east Tennessee, coincidentally just down the road from where I now live.
TV reporter Rachel Williamson helps Chief Sam Jenkins with a classic fraud investigation. However, the case puts Rachel in jeopardy, and her abduction by a mentally disturbed man changes her life forever.
A stipulation of the Patriot Act gives Chief Sam Jenkins an easy job; investigate all the civilians working for the Prospect Police Department. But what looks like a routine chore to the gritty ex-New York detective, turns into a nightmare. Preliminary inquiries reveal that a middle-aged employee didn’t exist prior to 1975.