Derek Ciccone is an avid fiction writer. Painless is the first one to be published, followed by The Trials of Max Q and The Truant Officer in 2011. Derek grew up in Connecticut and attended Arizona State University, where he graduated with a degree in Political Science. He now resides back in Connecticut and works as a Marketing Analyst for an advertising agency.
Derek’s stories are fast paced mystery/thrillers filled with suspense, humor and romance. But at their core are memorable, layered characters who take you into their world and make you not want to leave. The consistent trait of these characters is they are seemingly regular people who are placed into unthinkable situations.
When Derek’s not working or writing, he enjoys movies, playing basketball, and spending time with my family & friends. He also likes to read the writing of others, in which he really admires the character development of Nelson DeMille, the fast pacing of James Patterson, and the inventive plot twists of Harlan Coben.
For more information on Derek and his writing you can go to his website www.derekciccone.com or follow the progress of Painless or his other work by joining his interactive book club on Facebook.
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After surviving terror at home (Officer Jones) and abroad (Huddled Masses) in the past year, JP Warner now must confront his most challenging enemy - the past.
JP investigates a 1959 case of a missing high school student that had long been forgotten, and local legend had attributed it to a 19th-Century Indian curse. He pulls the layers away to find his idyllic hometown might not be as it seems.
Following his showdown with”Officer Jones,” JP Warner hopes to settle into the life he's always dreamed of with the love-of-his-life Gwen Delaney. But when a group called Huddled Masses begins targeting America's wealthiest citizens, JP is pulled back into his old life. He finds himself battling the past and the present, all while putting his future with Gwen at risk.
The Jack Hammer
It was the height of the Cold War and America was in need of a distraction. And it came in the form of Jack Myles, who burst on the scene hitting home runs with such repetitive force that he became known as the Jack Hammer.
But 27 years after his tragic death, new information is revealed, taking his family on a search from Russia to Arizona, all leading to a deadly showdown with the Jack Hammer.
The Heritage Paper
History changes with each turn of the page!
What seems like an innocent school project to trace family history, reveals a dark secret, leaving Veronica Peterson trapped in a mother’s nightmare. Her instincts are to protect her daughter’s safety at any cost, but knows that Maggie might be the only chance to prevent a sequel of the world's worst horror story … and must let her run toward the danger.
All Kris Collins wants for Christmas is to survive. But with everyone from a ruthless assassin to the FBI, and even his ex-father-in-law after him, it looks like a long-shot. It all comes down to a Christmas Eve showdown, and Kris knows his only chance to make it to Christmas morning is to write a new chapter to a classic tale.
After an assignment goes horribly wrong, JP Warner, the fearless international correspondent of GNZ News decides to return to the idyllic town he grew up in, seeking the simple life. But when he looks into the eyes of local policeman, Officer Kyle Jones, he sees the same look he's seen in the many fanatics he's covered over the years, and realizes that he's covering the biggest story of his life.
The Truant Officer
Darren McLaughlin thinks he's having a nightmare as he watches his wife being abducted. Things turn for the worse when Darren realizes he didn't know his wife as well as he thought. But he stays true to his marriage vows, and knows he must do anything possible to win the race to save her. The question is: will he get there first, or will death do them part?
The Trials of Max Q
When the law ends, the pursuit of justice begins!
Cooperstown Village is shocked when the local hero Drew Anderson is accused of killing one of the world's most infamous women. One time legal star, Jack Lawson, and his partner, Jessica Shepherdson, end up with the case that everyone wants to “go away,” and some are willing to go to deadly lengths to make sure it does.
A fast-paced thriller mixed with a heartwarming story of redemption.
A series of ominous incidents make Billy Harper realize there is something very different about Carolyn Whitcomb. But when a rogue organization called Operation Anesthesia learns of Carolyn’s “gifts,” Billy must risk everything to save the life of the little girl who taught him to live again.