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Mr. Harnois authored three books prior to his current novel, Trail of Evidence. He was published in professional journals, and was a frequent guest speaker at professional gatherings. Additionally, he worked as a technical writer, with responsibility for documenting computer systems and programs, and also developed end user procedures.
He is the author of EDP Auditing: A Functional Approach, a major book on computer auditing, published by Prentice Hall. This book was used as a reference manual for computer auditing by hundreds of companies world-wide, and details all of the steps necessary to successfully perform all major types of computer audits.
He has also written Accounting and Auditing in a New Environment: A Guide to Personal Survival Skills and Professional Growth, which was published by AMACOM Books, a division of American Management Association. This book was written for professionals in the Accounting and Auditing fields and provides a guideline to help them focus on the "people skills" necessary to be successful. Major topics covered include obtaining information, evaluating the information obtained, performing necessary tests to validate findings, and drawing accurate conclusions.
His third book is titled Growing Up With Guilt, and is a tongue-in-cheek autobiography that explores his experiences, from the earliest years, through Catholic elementary and high schools, the seminary, and beyond. This book is humorous, but the underlying message is a serious one. It highlights his struggles to understand and accept the man-made laws of the Church, and describes some major decisions he had to make in his life. In the process, he challenges the reader to reexamine some of the issues that are raised.
Harnois retired as Senior Vice President of an $11Billion commercial finance company in 2008 ,and is now able to devote more time to his writing.