Michael has had three biographies of colorful sports/media personalities published. His book about what was termed the "Detroit Race Riots of 1967" -- DISPOSSESSED: THE BURNING OF MURDER CITY USA -- was a nominee in the 2018 Michigan Notable Books campaign.
Raised in Battle Creek, Michigan, Michael became hooked on the world of mystery fiction when, at age fourteen, he discovered Conan Doyle and Dashiell Hammett.
Det. Ty Connell is a hybrid character based on several police officers Michael Hughes has known and worked with personally at city, state, and federal levels. Michael also counts as a reliable source a formerly active member of one of New York City's major crime families since retired from "the Life."
The three full Ty Connell mystery suspense romance novels: The Producer's Girl, The Crime Lord's Daughter, and The Cut Girl: Rookie M.E. What readers are saying: BALLISTIC! EXCITING! “This book was extremely exciting ,entertaining, and demanding of your full attention. Couldn't put it down. Read it in one day. I've found a new author. Can't wait to read Ty 2." - - GLADDY, Verified Kindle Customer
It's the 1990s, the heydays of the Jersey mob and who knew these guys could be this nuts?
Joey's a gaffe-prone mob wannabe and all he wants is that most elusive status in the wise guy world: respect. He just picked the wrong bunch of sadists to make that work with. When he loses five million dollars of mob money, good thing Zoey's there to bail him out.
"Falling down funny!"
Detroit in 1950 was a bustling metropolis, the most advanced and fastest growing city on the planet at the time... "Motor City USA": a place with the brightest of futures. But by 1967 it was being called "Murder City USA" and, in July of that year, tensions that had been simmering for too many years finally blew. In four days of rioting Blackbottom, the heart and soul of old black Detroit, burned.
The Noir Novellas. Three novella length short stories - approximately 35,000 words each - that capture the dark side of the police world. Cases that working cops would rather forget ever happened. The kind that haunt and linger. Evil. Tragic. Disturbing.
• Momma Lupe
• Bore of the Barrel
• The Death and Deconstruction of a Natural Beauty
There is something freakish, other-wordly, and deeply unsettling about the crime scene. Four slaughtered in the country kitchen of an estate house deep in horse country. Local police are already calling it a “black hole” - a case done before it begins. It quickly becomes a case of Connell and Dr. Julia Reesman against the world. But who -- or maybe more frightening – WHAT are they looking for?
DANI O’BANION is an impulsive, hot-headed twenty-two year old with a big problem. Her multi-million dollar inheritance is due soon from her late mother’s estate and her stepfather is not only executor of the will, but also one of New York’s dirtiest crime lords: JOHN O’BANION. And she’s been well warned. Do not provoke this greedy, calculating killer. But, for Dani, it's personal and it's war!
Worlds collide. A bully D-list Hollywood producer is desperate to save his shaky film empire. A cooled-out private eye has become his personal go-to girl for every jam he gets himself into. A savvy Boston cop attends two murder scenes the same morning and senses a connection -- to someone taking care of drug business. A secretive blade-happy cartel is flooding the north east with junk.
When Connell meets Ronalee Rayner, he believes she's the most beautiful and captivating girl he's ever met. A winsome and gentle spirit. Someone seemingly loved by all around her. But he learns that all is not well in Ronalee's world. And the more he learns, the more concerned he gets. Why would anyone thrust a delicate soul like Ronalee into harm's way? Can Connell get there in time to save her?
When “Thin Vinnie” Momesso gets whacked it looks like just another mob hit on one of their own. But the case quickly turns darker. Behind it is a woman. But what kind of woman can order a pro hit on a made mob guy? Momma Lupe can. As Connell starts to dig in, he begins to learn how truly vile and cold-blooded this mystery figure really is. He vows to end Momma's evil reign.