Richard A. Coffey lives in eastern Minnesota with his wife, Jeanne. Coffey has published two works of non-fiction: Bogtrotter (1982, 1996), The Skylane Pilot’s Companion (1996), and three works of fiction: Anna’s Boy (2014); The Ferryman’s Fee (2014); Threepenny Plum (2016).
Rookie newspaperman Alex Woollcott is sent into the Colorado mountains to write about a dying adventurer and returns with the man and a story about one of the world's rarest postage stamps, the threepenny plum. This is Alex's story about an unusual stamp—and the unusual men that the stamp has defamed.
Firemen discover a man’s body and a valuable stamp collection after a fire in a mobile home park on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. While philatelic experts try to understand how a trailer park resident built a collection worth three million dollars, the county sheriff—and the stamps—go missing.
Bogtrotter is the story of a man and woman who sold most of their material possessions to buy time away from their ordered urban lives to explore simplicity and find their connection to the natural world.
Thirteen-year-old Anthony Wolff recalls the fear that paralyzed his prosperous, postwar prairie town after the savage murder of two boys. When Anthony’s parents hurry their son away to the safety of a Quaker boarding school, he meets Steve Booth, an inquisitive fifteen-year-old who stumbles on a connection between the murders and an illustrious alumnus of the school.