NEW from Hammer & Anvil Books!It is happening across America: Sons and daughters are being lost, have gone missing, fleeing homes they were born in, slipping away into the night, never to be seen again. Where some are reported, a few mentioned in a scant TV aside, fewer still in the odd newspaper, below the fold, well in back. If appropriately sensational, such tragedies might even merit a soon-forgotten study. The rest are just statistics waiting to be collated – sleeping under cardboard or in dumpsters, plying the oldest trade with countless others, or killing time locked away in jails and detox centers and other institutions, bodies emaciated, minds scrambled for good. The most damned are never reported at all, never found to be counted later: Hidden away in caged rooms in quiet houses on old farms, well off the public road, their bodies abused nightly until death, the final demise the only welcome partner.
It was happening in Massachusetts too, especially in the Greater Boston area; on the North Shore, in the affluent western suburbs, in towns and cities where the roads to Cape Cod run. The news, the noise, the chatter was all constant, yet the missing stayed missing. It happened to Robert Shetland. He was haunted by his terrible loss, terrorized by the void in his life. But this evil ‘happening’ would not go unanswered. Robert Shetland would not merely be consumed in bottomless fury and loss. He ruthlessly put his hand on the hilt of the sword and pulled it free of the dark rock. With the help of a few good men he would recruit and organize – he would fight back.
VIGILANTES EAST is the darkest and most exciting Harry Krisman Mystery to date, plunging readers headlong into a very real underworld seething just below the surface of our well-ordered, insulated lives. Like Krisman himself, you will not soon forget the opaque horrors erupting in these shadows – or the heroics unleashed by them.
Misery comes in short order, and murder is often a step behind. Too, murder is not particular – certainly not to the Campus de Fleurs-de-Lys, a secret society veiled for centuries deep within the French nation. Using a soldier stained with defeat at Dien Bien Phu as their pawn, the Campus re-emerges in Montreal, Quebec, during the 1960’s. Squaring off against them is Harry Krisman, whose private investigations draw him ever closer to this sinister penumbra. With Les Habitants and their screaming fans as the milieu, MURDER AT THE FORUM introduces mystery mavens and sports fans alike to a new hero from the distant past whose adventures will thrill the house.
“Sheehan’s language skills and his detailed narration combine with his knowledge of the intimate history of the original six team National Hockey League to produce not only a sport classic but one that has the rare specific gravity of polished crime intrigue.” ~ Donald Junkins
Introduced to readers in MURDER AT THE FORUM (“A story with elegance and grace” – Tricia Crisafuli, Faith-Hope-and Fiction) Harry Krisman, failed hockey pro turned detective, returns, hot on the trail of mismanaged lottery funds. In a colorful ocean of avarice and general incompetence, murder comes on the scene – as well as an array of silent enemies of freedom. Their shadowy machinations light a fire under both Harry and a lively corps of faithful citizens who call upon experience in their own wars to combat these villains. Midwest Book Review calls author Tom Sheehan “…the sort of writer who comes along once in a reader’s lifetime.” DEATH OF A LOTTERY FOE bears out this praise.
Harry Krisman had only gotten to page 2 of the Boston Herald Sports section when the lead picture there struck him: A man in boxer’s trunks, knees on the canvas, astride a helpless foe flat on his back, whose bandaged hands were held up as if they were imploring for the ultimate mercy…which was evilly forthcoming. Soon after, Harry vengefully plunges into the shadows of post-Soviet Ukraine as well as the dank, lethal world of Ultimate Fighting, an ultra-violent, no-holds-barred ‘game’ that mixes martial arts, wrestling, and boxing – to the death. The third Harry Krisman Mystery, DEATH BY PUNISHMENT is a noir thriller that will captivate mystery and sports fans alike.
Private detective Harry Krisman, bird lover hockey fanatic and once of Boston Police Department Homicide, has a personal interest in his newest caper. His girlfriend Maxine (aka Max the Most) works for Hinckler, an amiable professor of accounting at a small college near Boston. When the old lecturer is brutally slain, events conspire to suggest the similarly unexpected and unexplained death of Hinckler’s wife years before is far from a ‘closed case’, igniting a pursuit for the real truth behind both murders. Detective and sports fans alike will delight in AN ACCOUNTABLE DEATH‘s mathematical puzzle, where death lies in wait for the weary and unaware.
Tom Sheehan served in the 31st Infantry, Korea 1951-52, and graduated Boston College in 1956. His books are Epic Cures; Brief Cases, Short Spans; Collection of Friends; From the Quickening; The Saugus Book; Ah, Devon Unbowed; Reflections from Vinegar Hill; and This Rare Earth & Other Flights. eBooks include Korean Echoes (nominated for a Distinguished Military Award), The Westering, (nominated for National Book Award); from Hammer & Anvil Books are Jehrico: Eleven Stories of a Mexican Boy Making His Way in the Old West and The Harry Krisman Mysteries (see above). Co-editor of A Gathering of Memories, and Of Time and the River, two collections about our home town of Saugus, Massachusetts, both 400+ pages, 4500 copies sold, all proceeds from $40.00 each cost destined for a memorial scholarship for co-editor, John Burns, in the Saugus School system as director of the English Department at the High School for 45 years. After conception of the idea for the books, and John putting out the word for material to be included by former students, and with a proposal of actions and schedules prepared for a local bank, ten of his former students signed a loan for $60,000 to print two books not yet written!
Tom is 2016 Danse Macabre Writer-in-Residence. He also has work in Ocean Magazine, Rosebud, Linnet’s Wings, Serving House Journal, Eclectica, Copperfield Review, KYSO Flash, La Joie Magazine, Soundings East, Vermont Literary Review, Literary Orphans, Indiana Voices Journal, Frontier Tales, Western Online Magazine, Provo Canyon Review, 3 AM Magazine, Vine Leaves Journal, Nazar Look, Eastlit, Rope & Wire Magazine, The Literary Yard, KYSO Journal, Green Silk Journal, Fiction on the Web, The Path, Faith-Hope and Fiction, The Cenacle, etc. In the Garden of Long Shadows and The Nations (2014), and Where Skies Grow Wide (2015) published by Pocol Press, and Six Guns, Inc., 2015, by Nazar Look in Romania, as a surprise 87th birthday present, print copy as well as an eBook. Some reviews may be found on Serving House Journal. He has 28 Pushcart nominations, and several Best of the Net and other awards, two best of the Net selections coming from separate publishers this month.
In addition, a new collection, Sons of Guns, Inc. was released earlier this year as a surprise birthday present (print and eBook) by Nazar Look Books in Romania (which awarded him The Nazar Look Short Story Award for 2012 and 2014.) From Athens to Third Base (poetry) and Back Home in Saugus (cnf) are forthcoming in 2017 from Hammer & Anvil Books.