Forensic scientist Sean McKinney has been asked by his daughter's college roommate to help find her missing sister. It's his daughter's first year at Tulane, and single father McKinney is having a tough time adjusting to being an empty nester. He heads down to New Orleans to lend a hand in the investigation, but when his own daughter is kidnapped the gloves come off. Now, the forensic scientist must put down his microscope and venture into the Louisiana swamps for a showdown with a crazed killer. Part crime story, part historical fiction, The Blue Silence moves from modern day Chicago to Reconstruction Era Louisiana and back to the bayou where the most dangerous animals aren't the gators.
But there's no time for Mardi Gras as McKinney heads into the swamp to save his daughter from a crazed killer.
Forensic scientist Sean McKinney is asked by his daughter to help investigate the disappearance of her college roommate's sister. The investigation will take him from Chicago to New Orleans, but when his own daughter is kidnapped he must put down his microscope and venture into the swamp for a showdown with a crazed killer.
Justine loses her first love to a rabid mob in one of the historical chapters of "The Blue Silence: Murder New Orleans Style."
Join authors TIM CHAPMAN and DIANE PIRON-GELMAN (D.M. Pirrone) in discussing Writing Historical Crime Fiction. This event celebrates the release of "The Blue Silence: Murder New Orleans Style." Both authors will have books available. Friday, Nov. 10 at 6:30 pm City Lit Books 2523 N. Kedzie, Chicago 773-235-2523 http://bit.ly/2yRZMVl
The latest novel featuring forensic scientist Sean McKinney is due out on Halloween. Here's an excerpt from "The Blue Silence."
In his first short story collection Tim Chapman explores behaviors that are at once familiar and bizarre, while introducing us to an odd assemblage of characters. A reformed hit man has to kill to save the love of his life. An advertising executive deserts her family to find happiness as a forest nymph. A downsized factory worker decides to fake a disability. A young girl has to decide whether her divine power is a blessing or a curse. Engaging stories about family, class, crime, and love from the author of "Bright and Yellow, Hard and Cold."
Okay, I know. This story is about a cat. I haven't written a monkey story. Yet. Anyway, Happy New Year!
Despite me own dear mother havin' been a Callahan, this excerpt from The Gentle Grift is probably the closest thing I've got to a story with a little Irish in it.
An excerpt from "Kiddieland and other misfortunes."
Excerpt from story "Dear Hart" in the collection "Kiddieland and other misfortunes."
"Kiddieland and other misfortunes" is a collection of short stories and short-short stories. It's pretty eclectic, containing crime stories, science fiction, and literary fiction. This is from the first story in the collection, Dear Hart.
"Kiddieland and other misfortunes" is a collection of short stories and short-short stories. It's pretty eclectic, containing crime stories, science fiction, and literary fiction. This story, "Downsizing," was a finalist in the Southeast Review's World's Best Short-Short Story contest a few years ago.
Present-day Chicago forensic scientist Sean McKinney hunts a serial killer who is targeting senior citizens associated with the 1930s era Barker-Karpis gang. Can he get justice for a wrongfully accused man, or will the trail of corpses left by the real killer include McKinney?
Printers Row Lit Fest Is This Weekend! I’ll be book-signing Saturday at Printers Row Lit Fest. 10-12 am at the Society of Midland Authors tent and 2:30-4 pm at the Mystery Writers of America tent. No, I don’t have a new book out this year, but if you’re in the area, stop by to say hi. Listen to some of the great speakers. Eat some unhealthy food. Check out the used book stalls. Read more books!
Here's a dark, though polite, excerpt from "Bright and Yellow, Hard and Cold."
Saturday, June 6th at 11 am, I’ll be at Printers Row in Chicago discussing "Writing Sex Scenes" with the lovely and talanted Clare O’Donohue at the Mystery Writers of America tent. I’ll also be signing books after the discussion and will be at the Allium Press tent at 2:00pm. Stop by and say hi.
There are three plot threads in "Bright and Yellow, Hard and Cold," one that takes place in the 1930s and two in the present. This excerpt is from the present. Forensic scientist Sean McKinney takes a break from a murder investigation to visit his wife's grave.
There are three plot threads in BYHC, one that takes place in the 1930s and two in the present. This excerpt is from the 1930s. A young sharecropper has moved his family to Chicago. Not able to find work, he's gotten involved with the Barker/Karpis gang of bank robbers and kidnappers. In this chapter he's walking the streets of depression-era Chicago looking for a legit job.
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