Thomas Maciocha lives in Tampa, Florida with his wife Cecilia and Ozzie The Wonder Dog. He has worked the steel mills of Buffalo NY back when America actually made things, has been a teacher in The Bahamas, Honduras and the US for twenty years, and was lucky enough to discover wooden boatbuilding, which is a most satisfying endeavor. He bikes and kayaks a bit, scribbles poetry, and has a deep interest in 20th century history. Sometimes he misses the rush of playing rugby football, but just for fleeting moments of nostalgic madness. His "perfect day" is sitting in a Hill Town cafe in Italy with a bottle of local Chianti, some bread and cheese, and watching the sun set behind the hills, doing absolutely nothing.
by Thomas Maciocha
The owner (Ira Rumkowski) of a small bookstore in St. Petersburg, Florida is murdered. He was in his late sixties, had no known enemies, no wealth to speak of, and was well liked and respected in the community. The murder is professionally done. Why him?
Ira's good friend is a detective with SPPD.
The detective (Rocco) is approached a few days after the murder by an acquaintance of the victim who
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