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Alterio’s Motive

El Simpatico likes to feed people to the sharks. His next favorite activity is to launder the hundreds of millions of dollars he hauls in every year from his drug and human trafficking business. Recently, though, cleaning money has become increasingly difficult. Read More…

Change of Address

In this debut novel in the series, Spencer Manning agrees to look for a little girl’s unknown father in exchange for beef stew and chocolate cake. His search quickly crosses paths with an open murder investigation in which Spencer’s client is a suspect. Read More…

Chief Among Sinners

The Mutilated animal left on the steps of Terry O’Reilly’s church didn’t scare the priest.
But as he continues to receive gifts of dead animals, each more gruesome than the last, he wonders what message they are meant to communicate. The dark secret he uncovers leads to the story of unspeakable acts that have been haunting the small time of Oakton. for years. Read More…

Crude

A short time after two elderly North Dakota farmers are found asphyxiated in their Buick, a New York developer proposes their isolated farm for an oil refinery. Read More…

Dark Alleys

CHICAGO SUBSTITUTES FOR LONDON AS THE RIPPER STRIKES.
History is being repeated as women are being murdered in the streets of Chicago. Spencer Manning is drawn into the middle of it by a friend who asks for a simple favor. Read More…

Dorie LaValle

Born on the first day of 1900, Dorie finds herself at odds with the world and out of options. Married to Louie LaValle, a local man with an inherited farm but not the talent or stamina to run it, Dorie is anchored in poverty, childless and tied to someone she doesn’t love.
Prohibition and desperation inspire her to make and sell moonshine to the men in town. Read More…

Harbor Nights

When Spencer’s old girlfriend is accused of stealing her own painting from an art gallery and then vanishes without a trace, Spencer suspects something more sinister than an art theft. That’s when the murders begin. Read More…

Missing Boy

In this 4th installment of the Spencer Manning Mystery series, a 16-year-old amusement park worker fails to come home from work and Spencer sets out to track him down. Read More…

Sinners Choice

Small towns like Oakton hide their secrets well, so carefully in fact that even an evil beast can hide in plain sight. When it shows its fangs, it is to terrorize the most innocent among the population. The beast’s victim, the beautiful and strangely innocent Kate Adams, has fallen in love with a handsome Israeli visitor; the beast thought she was in love with the local priest. Read More…

Smoke Got in My Eyes

Martin McDonough is a private detective whose investigations are usually successful because he knows how to get the low-down from his copper friends—a formula that works for a long time, but not forever. This noir mystery novel follows him from 1930s St. Read More…

Death’s Door

Dealing with death is never easy, especially when it’s murder—especially for Chicago P.I. Spencer Manning when he can’t directly help. As a distraction, he heads to Green Bay, Wisconsin, on a case involving some perplexing letters… or so he thinks. Read More…

The Serpent’s Disciple

In The Serpent’s Disciple, a conspiracy thriller, an ancient evil threatens to take over the Catholic Church and use it to create a New World Order. Peter Romanus, the Grand Master of the secret masonic order known as Propaganda Due, sets in motion the plot to kill the pope and control major world governments through the Church. Read More…