I won the Dark Oak Mystery Contest sponsored by Oak Tree Press, which published my first novel, A Lesson in Murder, about homicides associated with a Philadelphia Quaker school with literary allusions. My second novel, Feast or Famine, a satire, deals with a traumatized man dealing with his Catholic Italian American upbringing in the 1960's and 1970's. I have been honored for my writing by Annual Art Affair, Hidden River Arts, the annual Writer’s Digest writing competition, The Philadelphia Writers’ Conference, the Montgomery County Community College’s Annual Writers’ Club Poetry and Fiction Contest, Filmmakers International Screenwriting Awards, and the Annual StoryPros International Screenplay Contest. Don Ron Books is also including one of my short stories in their collection entitled South Philly Fiction.
Feast or Famine won the First Place Fiction Award at the Philadelphia Writers' Conference, and and was honored by Hidden River Arts.
When a wealthy benefactor and alumnus of Eastern Friends School in Pennsylvania is found murdered, details at the scene prompt Lt. Frank DiSalvo to introduce himself at a faculty meeting. There he meets Maxwell Hunter, an English teacher who likes to lecture about the mysteries of literature. At first, DiSalvo brushes off Hunter?s offer of help, but when the second EFS-connected murder is discovered, he changes his mind.
With his sharp eye for detail, and uncanny ability to assemble the pieces of the picture, Hunter identifies the literary modus operandi? but can he predict the next attack time to prevent another murder?