Neil (aka C.N.) Hetzner is married, has two children, and lives a mile from the edge of the continent in Rhode Island. Since his inauspicious birth in Indiana in 1948 he has worked as a cook, millwright, newspaper columnist, business professor, vacuumist, printer’s assistant, landscaper, railroader, caterer, factory worker, consulting editor, and, currently, real estate agent.
In addition to working, which he likes a lot, and writing, which he likes even more, he enjoys reading, weaving, cooking, and intrepidly screwing up house repairs.
His writing runs the gamut from young adult futurism to stories about the intricacies of families; however, if there is a theme that links his writing, it is the complicated and miraculous mathematics of mercy.
Twenty years after the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum robbery, Marcie Sullivan thinks Colby Reech, the demented artist she is caring for, could be the mastermind of that unsolved mystery. He also seems to know too much about her brother's murder. The cryptic things Reech says--are they the meanderings of someone losing his mind or clues to a half billion dollar fortune?
A Poisonous Sun
A colony of aliens trapped underground in the Peruvian jungle find their existence threatened when a roughneck oil driller and his dying sister arrive. After Keely and the alien Tupa meet they discover there may be a way both for Keely to get well and the aliens to come out of their underground prison. But old beliefs die hard and Keely and Tupa’s new beliefs may get them killed.
Pick and Roll
A wheelchair bound veteran of Afghanistan returns to his hometown and finds that his battles continue after a drug dealer murders his best friend. With a his Ranger skills and a tricked-out wheelchair, Rain Beausoleil goes back to war.
A Comedy of Dreams
A madcap romp happens when an Italian hating Mafia don, his disinherited gay son, the son's cross-dressing lover, a crazy shrink, an on-the-make newly ordained priest, two devout parishioners of a dying parish, a Broadway producer trying to keep his head above water, and a rabbi with a knack for etymology chase a mountain of drug money and their own conflicting dreams.
The Ant Farm
When Gene Almsson is forced into retirement after more than thirty years traveling the country helping the poultry industry, he finds it hard to go from advising wealthy people and earning their praise to doing dishes and finding ways to pass the time. He doesn't like his new life and he likes it even less when his daughter and one year old granddaughter move in.
In the aftermath of 9/11, love gone awry in the 1940s comes full circle, uniting and re-uniting six intertwining lives. Disconnected explores the serendipity of our hates and loves, the resilience of our hearts, and the simple magic of mercy.
Newly sober alcoholic Jaxsie Duerile weaves sordid tales of drug abuse, sexual encounters, and a tortured family history in her sessions with buttoned-down psychologist John Willow. With each session, Willow becomes more obsessed with the bright, beautiful, broken, and, ultimately, maddening Jaxsie.
Warm Winter's Garden
A family is an organism. When Bett Koster, mother and grandmother, is diagnosed with breast cancer, she finds she must adapt some and discard other of the rules she has used to live her life for more than sixty years. As Bett makes the changes she needs to be able to fight for her life, her family is forced to change how they think and act toward Bett, each other, and, especially, themselves.
Two gay priests struggle to reconcile duty and desire. The choices they make over the course of twenty years ripple out, twisting them and those they touch into an ever more tangled web of secrets, betrayal, and revenge.
It's 2097 and teens can fledge and grow wings. Fifteen year old Prissi Langue loves flying, school and her friends. However, after Prissi finds pictures of her dead mother with the man who invented fledging, she begins an investigation that uncovers long hidden secrets. Suddenly, it seems like everyone wants Prissi dead. Can Prissi fly far enough and fast enough to escape her enemies?
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